The Lord has commanded us to care for the poor, the fatherless, and the widow. And through the compassion arm of our ministry we are working to do just that. Thanks to your faithful giving, we had the blessing of delivering another 65 water filtration devices into three communities in Iquitos this year. This was our fifth water delivery into the region with nearly 400 water filters delivered to date. While we were only there for ten days, our Peruvian water coordinator, Yolanda, had been busy working months before we arrived coordinating with the church and the families. Along with locating this year’s water filter recipients, Yolanda organized and conducted hygiene training classes with the families before our arrival. These elementary training sessions focus on the most critical items, such as proper handwashing and the contamination cycle.
On delivery day each family received hands-on-training on how to operate and maintain their water filter and the opportunity to ask questions. Information was collected on each family receiving a water filter so that we can connect them with the local church and also so that we can perform our follow-ups throughout the course of the year. Over the next year, each family will be visited at least once to address any questions that they may have and to gather survey data.
Each water filter donated provides us with a unique opportunity to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And this year was no exception. Over the course of our three water deliveries we witnessed more than 20 people make a commitment to follow Jesus! This is the true fruit of this ministry! We prayed over these new believers and provided their contact information to the local church for future discipleship opportunities!
Along with delivering the water filters, we visited with families from the previous year to see how life was going since receiving their water filters. We were incredibly blessed by the results that we saw and heard! Stories of heart-felt gratitude, improved health and cost savings for their families were a common theme. The filters had stood the test of time and were continuing to provide daily clean, safe water, amen!