This was a very packed trip. We had a pastoral team conduct classes for local church leaders on various subjects like “healthy communication” and “growing disciples through small groups”, we coordinated door-to-door evangelizing teams, visited a local children’s hospital, and delivered 100 water filters.
Visiting with the past water filter recipients is key to ensuring that the families are getting the most out of their filter. It’s a time for us to see how the families are doing, how their health is improving, and to make sure their filter is still working properly.
As we visited with almost twenty families that had received filters from years past, we were encouraged by the health improvements, the fact that their children were able to attend school instead of staying home sick, and that their overall lives had been improved by just having clean water to drink.
Spotlight of a Life Changed
A few faint glimmers of sunlight led us into this modest dirt floored single room home early on Wednesday morning. This family had received a water filter in 2011 during our first outreach at the church of Berea and we wanted to follow up to see how, if at all, it had affected their lives. We were quickly greeted with smiles and conversation and shown a functioning 3-year-old water filter! Praise the Lord! In this little house live nine family members all of whom are benefiting from this single act of kindness given by a supporter just like you! The mother reported better health in general and no stomach issues. She says that they are drinking plenty of water-purified water that is- and that due to this outreach, and the associated connection she now has with the church, her daughter was baptized in 2012!
These last four years of ministry in Iquitos has afforded us the opportunity to make strong contacts for future ministry expansion in and around Iquitos. Through the use of clean water we have positively shown that we can improve the health of those in the community while providing an open door to connect these residents to the Living Water, a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Body, the Church.
A few photos from this trip