Installation Number Two:  Huerto de Getsemani, Aldea Las Cruces, San Carlos Sija, Guatemala

Pastor Calderon with the first bottle of water. Huerto de Getsemani is distributing so much water they had to purchase a special truck to haul it all over the region.

Pastor Calderon with the first bottle of water. Huerto de Getsemani is distributing so much water they had to purchase a special truck to haul it all over the region.

During the Water Team’s trip to LWftW, the Team was fortunate to meet Miriam Mazareagous.  Miriam was the in-country coordinator in Guatemala and she explained that she had been visiting some sights in the Xela, Guatemala region.  She asked if we might be interested in providing a water installation at one or more of them.  Our Water Team was pleased to hear about another site and we immediately began investigating the viability of these sites.

The previous installation had been a huge success and our Team was excited to develop this relationship.  So, the next spring, February 2010, the Team joined the Colonial Presbyterian Church Short Term Mission Trip to Guatemala visiting three different sites and preparing water samples at each.  Iglesia Evangelica Huerto de Getsemani was the easy choice and we quickly made friends with Pastor Miguel Angel  Calderon Reyes and the Elders.  During our trip, we discussed the important points of our Covenant and we soon had an executed agreement and we gave Huerto de Getsemani the go-ahead and $500 to begin Water Room construction.  We promised to return in June of 2010.

This trip was particularly challenging and we were overwhelmed with logistics.  This site was our first experience outside the bounds of Colegio Mark and Colonial Presbyterian Church.  Funds were short.  There was so many new things to figure out, like, transportation, translators, lodging, new faces, etc.  In the past, Pastor Phil Truesdale had taken care of most of these details.  This leap of faith was just one more sign that God’s hand was in everything we did.  We took 12 volunteers and we raised just enough money to get the job done.

In June of 2010, as promised, we returned to Huerto de Getsemani and we had the most blessed trip and installation we could imagine.  We were all amazed at the outpouring of generosity and friendship.  There was no doubt in our minds that many lives were changed forever.


Doris McAfee and Keisha McAfee with our newly trained teachers at Huerto de Getsemani.

Pastor Calderon had 13 Adult Educators eager and ready to learn.  Doris McAfee and Nancy Allen did a stupendous job training and teaching these adults to continue the education program after we left.

Our new friends proved to be particularly handy.  We had a great install team headed up by Didier and Franklin (the pastor’s son).  The install went very smooth and was practically finished by Tuesday evening when we experienced our “first big problem”.

The system became air-locked.  As we slowly discovered that the problem was air in the water supply piping, the water team came to our first realization that possibly, water would NOT be ready for the celebration!  This would have been a tragedy and many prayers were said in a matter of a few minutes.  After several hours of debate, the system was partially disassembled and the water flow was reversed.  This pushed the air out of the piping and suddenly a large surge of water blasted the water team with water (particularly Ron Stier).  Success !!

The celebration went forward as planned and the Water was dedicated to God.

This trip was a real learning experience for the Water Team.  We learned a great deal about the bottling operation, the covenants, and the way “real” people live.  We also had a few people get sick from eating the food and we quickly made a few policy changes.