Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012 * 815-459-1132 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Waters for the World mission teams empower their partners to provide clean,
sustainable water and health education for their communities.
The most precious natural resource on earth is clean, safe water, and many don't have it available. 780 million people around the world lack access to safe water, and 5,000 children die each day from preventable, waterborne illnesses. The magnitude of those numbers is beyond our grasp, when clean water is available to us, usually just steps away.
Living Waters for the World (LW), a global mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters, PCUSA, has been working for more than 20 years to provide sustainable, safe water to communities in need. The ministry fosters longterm, mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and communities in need.
LW serves communities that have only contaminated water available. It has developed a simple, safe, water-filtration system that is easy to install and maintain. The system is usually installed in a public building, such as a church or school, and is supervised by a committee from the community. LW teams and partners have installed and operate more than 835 safe-water systems in developing areas of the world.
In June 2015, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church joined LW in its mission. We now partner with two Guatemalan churches so that the compassion and transforming love of Jesus might be shared with our global neighbors. Team members serve others in need, seeing new connections and making lasting friendships.
Belén (Bethlehem) Presbyterian Church
RCLPC partners with Belén (Bethlehem) Presbyterian Church in Jerez Village, a small community in the southern part of Guatemala. The people of Jerez Village have a well that provides water, although not safe, throughout the year. Before the installation of the water system, they traveled 6 miles to obtain safe water.
Members of the Belén church constructed a building for the water system on land adjacent to the church. Our partnership with the people of Belén began in January 2016 with a development trip to build a good relationship, assess and test the water, and make agreements for the water treatment system and educational experiences. Then in July 2016 we returned to teach our partners how to install the water system and teach the children and families of the community about safe water and hygiene.
Two sustainability visits to Jerez follow to solve any problems with the system and celebrate its success together.
Ciudad de Refugio
Ciudad de Refugio (City of Refuge), another Presbyterian church, is in the village of La Felicidad in the same region of Guatemala. The church is surrounded by tropical fruit trees and views of distant volcanoes. The people there have dug a well that will yield a steady supply of water and prepared the room that will hold the system. In February 2017 RCLPC and Ciudad de Refugio covenanted together to provide health and hygiene education to the community and install the water system in January 2018.
We invite you to explore the opportunities described here, opening your heart and answering the call. You can support the Living Waters for the World project in a variety of ways.
To make a financial gift to RCLPC's Living Waters Project, write "Living Waters" on the memo line of your check, and place it in the offering. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% goes directly to the projects.
If you have questions or want to volunteer, contact a team member:
Sarah Kelewae, project co-manager
Lois Johnson, project co-manager
Jac Kelewae, water system installer
Rick Johnson, health and hygiene trainer
|Living Waters for the World Mission|
Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Q. What is Living Waters for the World?
A. Living Waters for the World (LWW) is the global mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters of the Presbyterian Church USA. Its mission is to serve as a resource to churches of all denominations, civic organizations, and others in mission, enabling them to share safe water with their partners in need. LWW has been working for more than 20 years to provide sustainable, safe water to communities. The ministry fosters longterm, mutually beneficial relationships between volunteers and communities in need.
Q. Where does LWW have installations?
A. LW has installed more than 835 systems in 26 countries. Regional networks exist in 11 countries, where in-country LW staff identify safe-water opportunities, bring partners together, and support the projects.
Q. Why did RCLPC decide that providing safe water was a ministry they wanted to be involved in?
A. 780 million people around the world lack access to safe water, and 5,000 children die each day from preventable, waterborne illnesses. That's one child every 20 seconds worldwide, a number too staggering for us to grasp. We can be part of the solution for God's people in need.
Q. How long has RCLPC been involved with LW?
A. A group of LW team leaders was trained at Living Waters' "Clean Water U" in April 2015. The RCLPC Session approved LW as a new mission project in June 2015.
Q. How does LW fit into the missions at RCLPC?
A. LW is under the umbrella of the Mission Team and reports to them at each bi-monthly mission meeting.
Q. How did RCLPC choose to work with a community in Guatemala?
A. The need for safe water in Guatemala is great. While there are more than 185 completed installations, much work remains before all have access to safe water. Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. More than half the population lives in poverty, with nearly a quarter of the population living on less than $2 per day. It has the lowest literacy rate in Central America. Children who have contracted waterborne diseases miss up to half of their schooling.
The support of Guatemalan coordinators and a technician ensure a successful partnership. Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, which has worked with LW since 2007, and RCLPC have formed a Living Waters Partnership within the Presbytery to support and encourage each other.
Q. When is the next trip scheduled?
A. The LW mission team leaders hope to go on an installation/sustainability trip in January 2018. They will carry out the implementation of the clean water project with education and installation at Ciudad de Refugio, and return to Belén to celebrate their success and assist with any challenges.
Q. How are the water systems sustained once they are installed?
A. We build together a system that is simple, sustainable, and affordable. We teach installers how to put in and maintain the system. We teach the local trainers to teach others in the community about safe water through health and hygiene education. The low-cost sale of their safe water allows the local operating partner to purchase replacement parts and filters. The cost for us to purchase the water system includes a $500 fee to ensure sustainability for a generation.
Q. How can I donate to LW at RCLPC in support of this work?
A. To make a financial gift to RCLPC's LW, write Living Waters on the memo line of your check, and place it in the offering. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% goes directly to the projects.
Q. How can I get involved with the LW team at RCLPC?
A. Talk to a current team member: Sarah Kelewae, Lois Johnson, Jac Kelewae, or Rick Johnson
Q. If I am interested in going on a trip, how do I get more information?
A. Contact one of the LW team members or Pastor John Dillon.