Throughout my travels
as I have been attending conferences and visiting ministries, I
have invited folks to send me short write-ups on their ministries and,
with the understanding that, as I was able, I would post them on this
blog. My hope in doing this is by no means to
touch upon all ministries with a Presbyterian connection, but only to
gives glimpses of the breadth and depth in which we engage in ministry
around the world.
Here is one received from from Living Waters for the World, a group whose mission is to serve as a resource to churches of all denominations,
and others in
mission, enabling them to provide clean water to their partners
from Janet Tuck, Director of Communications, Synod of Living Waters.
Whenever I travel to large meetings of the Presbyterian
Church, I run into Pierce Buford.
She was at the General Assembly meeting last summer, at the Big Tent in
June of this year and then at the PW Gathering in Louisville in July. She is always there, thrilled for an
opportunity to talk about Living Waters for the World.
Pierce Buford has reason to be excited about Living Waters
for the World. The mission project
of the Synod of Living Waters, LWW provides training and materials to empower
churches and other organizations to bring clean water to people where water
supplies are polluted.
But this isn’t a “go in and fix it” type of mission. This is mission based in partnership,
in relationship. This is what
makes LWW so exciting. When a
church embarks on a LWW project, they commit to a three-year partnership with
an international institution such as a school, clinic, church or seminary.
The team travels to the possible installation site to survey
it and develop a partnership, then travel to assist as the partners install a
clean water system and trains for maintenance and hygiene education. Then they stay in relationship,
visiting the site again for follow-up and troubleshooting.
This model of ministry continues to amaze all involved with
significant results flowing from the work. LWW now has installations in 312 installations in 23
countries. Those include Mexico,
Haiti, Cuba, Ghana, Thailand and Madagascar. This also includes clean water system installations in
Appalachia in our own country.
This growing ministry is providing clean water where it is
needed the most. The world is
experiencing a water crisis. 1.2
billion people have no access to clean water. 3 million people die each year of preventable water-related
disease, most of them children.
Living Waters for the World has developed practical,
sustainable solutions to this crisis. And it is exciting because the clean
water is flowing. Just ask
Pierce. She’ll be happy to tell