Today, Agua Viva International and the Church of the Resurrection team visited a community and Methodist Church in Quisqualagua, Honduras. The poor community of 500 people surrounding the Church, has never had clean drinking water. The Director of Programs for the Honduras United Methodist Church, Rigo Rios, met with Agua Viva and the President of the local Public Water Works to put together a game plan to bring purified drinking water to this Church, the local public school, and the entire surrounding communities.
After lengthy negotiations, all parties agreed that the community needed the Purification System desperately and the Church would be best to administrate the production and distribution of the bottled water. This church is pastored by Pastor Jomi, a woman, and she has been proven to be a strong leader in this community. She was the obvious leader to care for this community and she has already proven to be a great model for gender empowerment. Like Jesus’ parable about the Woman at the Well, we all felt certain that she would understand the importance of sharing the purified water and sharing the “living water”. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you the Living Water…. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life”. (John 4:10-13)
Today, Sunday, we volunteers set up the clinic in El Obraje, Honduras, where we will provide desperately needed medical and dental attention to hundreds of children and adults. Our leader, Jim Callahan started our week-long efforts by quoting a wonderful bible verse from Lamentations 3:22-23: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new each morning. Great is your faithfulness.”
It is easy to see how faithful God is while we are driving up a beautiful mountainside in Honduras on the way to the Church. Watching those children singing songs and dancing during the Church service was a wonderful treat. After Church, twelve dedicated volunteers pitched in stringing up makeshift patient rooms and sorting twelve suitcases of prescription drugs purchased by the Church of the Resurrection, and, well, thinking about “Why we are here?”. It is pretty easy to understand this now. Each of the volunteers were faithful to God’s calling to come to Honduras, while God in all of his faitfulness blesses up again and again… new each morning!
Today, I began a journey to Honduras to see if Agua Viva could help the needy people of this beautiful country.
One of the recent sermon series by Pastor Hamilton at Church of the Resurrection was about the Lord’s Prayer. The Honduras Mission Team was mindful of this “prayer of the ages” as we started our week in Honduras by breaking bread together. Give us this day our daily bread… “El pan nuestro de cada día, dánoslo hoy” in Spanish.
God certainly did provide our daily bread today, but much much more. He gave us 12 new brothers and sisters in Christ from the United States sharing their compassion for the disadvantaged and the downtrodden. Plus, we are meeting new Honduran friends in Christ everywhere we turn. What a joy! It is nice to know we are not alone here in Honduras. Not only are we among friends from home, but now, among friends from Honduras. And, most importantly Jesus himself stands beside each one of us as we break bread together and reach out those in need. For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever. Amén.