Sometimes I think we get so wrapped up in what is happening in our own little corner of the universe, we forget about how the virus is affecting people outside our community, state or country. We haven't heard a whole lot about the virus in Central America, yet we, Yorkminster, have played a part in bringing relief to a remote community in a Honduras.
In 2018, Yorkminster partnered with the community of Santa Rita del Oriente, a small village of 315 families in rural Honduras. The Yorkminster team, along with Living Waters for the World, helped this community install their own water purification system. In the picture, the community is tasting their first cup of clean water from the system at the final celebration.
The water is bottled in reusable 5 gallon jugs, and sold to the families at a very affordable price. The proceeds go into maintaining the system, and paying the operators. When the virus began affecting Honduras, this community was locked down to prevent infection. It also made it very challenging for families whose livelihoods depended on being able to leave the community. (Sound familiar?) So the water committee chose to use the proceeds to help those families. They are bearing witness to Christ's love, not only through the water they steward, but in other tangible ways. Read the amazing article here.
The generosity of our Living Waters partners in Santa Rita mirrors the generosity of our church family, who made it possible for the team to provide the materials and education for the project. Their generosity also is reflected in your continual care for people within and beyond our church community, as we face the challenges of the pandemic here. I am grateful to God to be part of both.
6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9 As it is written,
‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness*endures for ever.’
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.*11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us;12 for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.13 Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others,14 while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! - 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15
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