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Safe Water Connects Churches Across Cultures

In 2010, John Frauenhoffer ran the Go St. Louis Half Marathon for Team Living Water alongside some close friends. Their enthusiasm for the cause inspired John to consider leading a Living Water Trips team for members of his church, The Crossing. Years later, John has now led five Living Water Trips teams in Guatemala.

I was honored to join John’s fifth team, which was also the first Living Water Trip that his wife Kim participated in. Throughout the week, I was blessed to witness John and Kim’s servant hearts and passion for connecting the global Church.

“We have to understand how big God’s Kingdom is,” John said. “Going to another part of the world shows you what God is doing there. Our perception of Jesus is so limited by our culture and socio-economic status.”

A Living Water Trips team from The Crossing poses in front of a drill rig in Guatemala.

We were working on constructing a well in the El Naranjo community, where Christlike unity was palpable. We drilled the well outside the local church, Puerta de Salvacion. It was evident that the church was not only geographically central in the community, but it was also the heartbeat of the residents’ daily lives.

“It’s always encouraging to witness the global Church in action,” Kim said. “Most Christians around the world don’t speak English. On this trip, it was beautiful to me to worship alongside people singing in Spanish. That is what heaven will be like.”

Puerta de Salvacion had long been praying for safe water. Sadly, the church and households in the community relied upon water that was salty due to their proximity to the beach.

“The water they have is undrinkable and full of waste,” John said. “But we see how it’s such a simple solution. In my lifetime, we can fix this problem, not just in Guatemala, but for the world.”

By the end of the week, the new well was set up and new friendships were forged. It was moving to see how this water well connected one church in St. Louis, Missouri, to another church in El Naranjo, Guatemala. As the community members are sustained by the safe water, they will also remember how the project impacted their faith.

A boy from the community of El Naranjo, Guatemala, holds a glass of safe water from the new well.

“To get a bigger view of prayer, talk to the people who have been praying for water as you show up to provide the solution,” John says. “You’ll know God really answers prayers through people.”

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Living Water currently works along the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Team members will use an LS300 or a LS400 drill rig with our in-country drillers and help our hygiene team share proper sanitation techniques and Bible stories. You’ll get to experience the rich Guatemalan culture in Antigua, including a coffee plantation tour and Cerro de la Cruz—a beautiful cross set on a hill.