Day 6 – In the Colonia of Juta, Honduras to celebrate living water
By Gladden Lawrence
Let the celebrating begin! The well was dug, the pump installed, pictures were taken, clean water flowed, the schoolyard was full of students, parents, and all the community turned out to pray over the new source of water.
This event was undeniably the best part of the week. The reason why we were there became as clear as water. Pastor Hector summed it up in his scripture reading from John 4. The story of the Jesus interaction with the Samaritan woman. It reads in part beginning with verse 7-10;
4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.
7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
With our work completed, the KUMC team was treated to a Honduran-style celebration lunch before taking off for a little r&r in a coastal town called Tela.
After shopping and a snack of coffee and pastry, it’s back on the bus for the trip to the hotel to pack and prepare for the trip home. I’ll always remember Maria’s smile that melted my heart along with others on the team. To me, she’s the reason why we’re here.
Closing prayer for KUMC’s Living Water Mission Trip – Holy Father, thank you for sending me to work on your behalf for the people of Honduras. May the work done here be pleasing in your sight and honor your name. AMEN