Living Waters for the World Team
A couple of years ago, our parish and other parishes in the Diocese of Lexington used the Vacation Bible School curriculum: Clean Water for All God’s Children. The summer that The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection used this curriculum, it became a parish wide study. We had a group of people bring a Living Waters System to our parish on a Sunday morning to see how it worked. The next year we saw one up and running in Blanchard, Haiti. On that mission trip, it was the first time in over 10 years of doing mission work in the Diocese of Haiti that we had easy access to drinking water – and the people of the village did too! It was thrilling to see that what we had studied that summer – worked and worked well. Equally important, these systems arereasonable affordable and very sustainable. Last January, our parish sent $3000. for the same system to be installed at the Leogane Medical Clinic in Haiti.
We know that we take for granted the clean, fresh water flowing into our homes, businesses and churches. Others are not so fortunate. The National Academy of Sciences reports that one child in the world dies every 20 seconds, 5,000 each day, as a result of diarrhea, and that world-wide, 1.8 million die and tens of millions are seriously sickened by water-borne disease.
Clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental human need. In response to that need, The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection would like to create a Living Waters for the World Ministry Team. Living Waters for the World is a ministry of the Synod of Living Waters of the Presbyterian Church. Living Waters for the world works with all denominations to train and equip mission teams to share the gift of clean, sustainable water with communities in need. Living Waters for the World partners with communities in need to develop a sustainable solution for providing clean water. From rural Appalachia, to Latin America, to Asia and beyond, Living Waters for the World is making a difference.
We are currently planning to develop a team of people that would be willing to attend a training session at Clean Water University and be part of helping bring clean water to those places on the planet that need it. We have an opportunity to travel this summer to the Yucatan and work with a team that will be putting a system in. On this trip we will be “helpers.” After that, we hope to travel to Mississippi to attend a Clean Water University training and be prepared to lead a team to put a system for a community in need.
Again, this cause has caught our attention. It addresses such a need and has such a successful track record and seems to be so very achievable that we are anxious to pursue it. However, this is not an individual endeavor. We need a team to go forward. The minimum team size is three people but may be larger. Check out the web site below. If this interests you please contact me and let’s get together and talk.
Thanks for reading this and listening to the possibility for this ministry within our diocese.
Ken Cottrell, [email protected], 859.608.1627
Contact: Ken [email protected]