Sharing The Good News With Clean Water

Clean Water Installation - Guatemala

Clean Water Installation – Guatemala

In November, 2007, I had the privilege of being a minor member of the team that went to Guatemala to install the first of many Clean Water  Systems for the families and children of that country.

Why do I bring this up now?  Today, Mark, the leader of that trip and the many other trips since then, wrote a little blurb in your church newsletter that I thought was worth sharing.  It gives the background of how it all started and how that trip has snowballed into supplying clean water to upwards of 13,000 families in Guatemala.

Below are two JPEG images of the text, but it might be easier to read in pdf form using this link:    Sharing The Good News Sharing The Good News_Page_1Sharing The Good News_Page_2I hope that excites you about the possibilities of making a difference.

Scene from Guatemala

Of course, the camera came along and captured images of a gorgeous country such as the photo above.  Lots of photos here: Guatemala Mission Trip

Kids Everywhere Love to Have Fun

But what I remember most was the beautiful people and especially the precious children.  It is the children that suffer so much from effects dirty water and it is the children that probably drives most of us to want to keep returning to do it again and again.  Once you spend time with these kids, your heart will be broken for them and I found that to be a very good thing.

Here is a gallery of photos from the Sunday we spent playing games with a group of children from the orphanage.  Gallery of Photos of those Precious Children

Time to renew my passport for another trip.  If you are inclined to consider serving as part of one of these many teams, let me know and I can help you get more information.   The teams have had 3 year old through 80+ year old participants and all can find a way to contribute in meaningful ways.  If you go, not only do you help others, but you will find your life changed.

Ron Ludekens – September 13, 2013

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About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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