Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012 * 815-459-1132 * email@example.com
Living Waters Team Prayer Calendar for 2017 Mission Trip
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, especially for children, 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 with a turn of the tap, just steps away.
Living Waters for the World (LWW), 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.
LWW 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. LWW also teaches community members to become trainers of good health practices, without which the safe water would not be effective. Living Waters for the World partners have installed and operate more than 700 clean-water systems in developing areas of the world.
In June 2015, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church joined LWW in its mission. We are partnering with a Guatemalan church so that the compassion and transforming love of Jesus might be shared with our global neighbors. Team members are asked to break away from familiar places and routines to serve others in need, seeing new connections and making lasting friendships.
RCLPC is partnering with Belén Presbyterian Church, part of the National Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Guatemala. Belén is located in Jerez Village, a small community in the southern part of Guatemala. It is about 193 kilometers west of Guatemala City, near the Pacific Coast. The forty children who attend the church, whose members will operate the system, and other children from the nearby school will benefit from the clean, safe water. The health of the whole area will be improved by the availability of clean water.
The people of Jerez Village have a well that provides water, although not safe, throughout the year. They currently travel 10 kilometers to obtain safe water. Members of the Belén church are constructing a building for the water system on land adjacent to the church.
Our partnership with the people of Belén begins 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. Several months later we return to teach our partners how to install the water system and teach the children and families of the community about safe water, hygiene, and Bible stories. Two more trips follow to solve any problems with the system and celebrate its success together.
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.
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. LWW has installed more than 735 systems in 26 countries, including the Appalachian area of the United States. LWW has regional networks in 11 countries, where in-country LWW 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.
Q. How long has RCLPC been involved with LWW?
A. A group of LWW team leaders was trained at Living Waters' "Clean Water U" in April 2015. The RCLPC Session approved LWW as a new mission project in June 2015.
Q. How does LWW fit into the missions at RCLPC?
A. LWW 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 is an extensive network with more than 175 completed installations, more 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 network in-country coordinators and a technician will help us form a successful partnership. Another Blackhawk Presbytery church, Fox Valley Presbyterian in Geneva, has partnered with LWW to serve communities in Guatemala since 2007, providing an experienced nearby team.
Q. When is the first trip scheduled?
A. The LWW mission team leaders will go on a development trip in January 2016. They will begin to build a good relationship with the people of Belén, assess and test the water, and make agreements for the water treatment system and educational experiences.
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 the Belén team of 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 sale of their safe water allows the Belén team to purchase replacement parts and filters. The cost for the water system includes a $500 fee to ensure sustainability for a generation.
Q. How can I donate to LWW at RCLPC in support of this work?
A. To make a financial gift to RCLPC's LWW, write Living Waters on the memo line of your check, and place it in the offering.
Q. How can I get involved with the LWW 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 LWW team members or Pastor John Dillon.