It all started when ... During the summer, our church announced an informational meeting about their next trip to Guatemala with LWI. After church I told my wife, “We should go to Guatemala” and her response was, “Really???” We attended the follow up meeting that we assumed was just informational, but realized when we left that we had basically signed up to go. In the weeks before we left, I was telling people at work that I would be on vacation for a week and would not have access to email/phone/etc.
It all started when ... Back in November I got a mailing from a charity I never heard of. I set the envelope by my laptop to check it out. A week later, I had a vivid dream about an old woman standing in a small mucky river frying chicken pieces using the river water. She was tasting the liquid as she cooked, dumping some out of the pan and scooping up more water as she cooked. Upstream from her was a flock of ducks in the water, and upstream from them were more women washing clothes in the river.
It all started when ... A few years back....a chance encounter with Jim and Tedde Reid--we shared our hearts for providing clean water to those who are not as fortunate. My wife Jane and I had been supporting World Vision water projects and were interested in learning more about Living Water.Living Water made it easier for us to actually "go" and get our hands dirty serving others.
It all started when ... I have been a member of a small men's group for several years. We study scripture and fellowship with one another, and overall, it has been a genuinely rewarding experience. Nonetheless, I would be lying if I didn't say that things had grown a bit rote and stale. We decided to kickstart this LWI trip as a means of getting us out of our rut, and out of our comfort zone. To be honest, a year out, it seemed like no big deal; sure I'll do it, whatever.
It all started when ... Several guys that are in various small groups I participate in have been on previous Living Water trips so I had become familiar with the program. Then, an opportunity came to participate in a group through Priority Associates. It had been way too long since my last mission trip (2007) south of the border. This was also the first chance my wife and I had to go on a mission trip together. To top it off, I believed this opportunity was something I needed in my life to help reignite some passion that had been waning.