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 I hope that excites you about the possibilities of making a difference.
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
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