July 01, 2016
BENEFITING: CEDEPCA USA
The members of the *Pacific NW Mission Team traveled last November 2015 around Guatemala escorted by CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America. The mission taught us about the plight so many indigenous people face. We are raising $5000 to purchase water filters for some of these needy families. CEDEPCA will distribute these water filters for us. We are asking for a monetary contribution from you to help us make this goal.
The Need for Drinkable Water
As U.S. citizens, we are blessed with a rich bounty of natural resources. The gift of clean, potable water is one source taken for granted in the US. Yet the Flint, Michigan issue reminds us how fragile and wonderful this resource truly is! Access to drinkable water is not available for a significant portion of the earth’s inhabitants. One of those places is Guatemala. After taking a mission trip to this beautiful land last November, we witnessed how potable water is a daily concern for almost all of the country’s inhabitants, particularly its poor and indigent population. In Guatemala’s poor and “middle class” communities, running water does not exist and all water drawn from streams, lakes, or wells must be heated over wood fires or filtered to consume it. As you might imagine, the task of heating water over wood fires daily not only creates a massive air pollution problem but finding the wood resources, needed for heating water and cooking food, can be daunting and a frequently unattainable goal for many families.
CEDEPCA in Action
During our mission trip last fall we traversed the country to select cities with our facilitators, Leslie Vogel and Emerson Morales, and learned how CEDEPCA’s four key missions: Disaster Ministry, Intercultural Encounters, Biblical and Theological Seminary and Women’s Ministry serve Guatemalens. For more information visit their website, http://www.cedepca.org/en.
During one of our planned stops, we visited the town of Pachaj, just outside of the major city of Quetzaltenango. The local Presbyterian church, with support from CEDEPCA, serves this community with many critical services.
One area of assistance this partnership provides is a simple, stand-alone water filter made by EcoFiltre. The church conducts an application process for families in need. On the day of distribution, men and women from the surrounding rural communities walk many miles to receive "proper care and use" training and the 25-pound filter to take back to their homes. We were honored to be a part of one of these events. It was our privilege to unpack and prepare each filter for distribution to these grateful recipients.
The properties contained within the ceramic walls of the filter remove deadly bacteria rendering the water drinkable! Each ceramic filter creates two gallons of drinkable water at a time. If maintained, the filter continues to provide potable water for years. For more information about these filters go to EcoFiltro.
Filling the Drinking Water Need
Through the generosity of private funding, CEDEPCA provides these filters to needy families at no charge. CEDEPCA continually assesses the need for more filters and then distributing them as needed. We are moved by this simple, yet vital need for these people. This experience has inspired us to raise funds for more filters. We will direct 100% of the money to purchase these filters for families who need them, and that need is endless for the foreseeable future.
Our Goal Water Filters for 100 Families
As a group who has witnessed the need first-hand, we would like to partner with you to reach our goal of $5000. We hope to provide enough funding for CEDEPCA to supply water filters to 100 families in need. Each water filter costs CEDEPCA $50.00. Because of CEDEPCA’s presence in Guatemala, the funding of these filters is direct and put into immediate action! It’s a simple solution for providing clean water to Guatemalans! Will you partner with us in achieving this goal?
If you need a reason to partner with us consider any of these:
- You never think about fresh water because you have all you want right out of your tap.
- You need to a new gift idea for that person in your life that has everything.
- You love the idea of providing life-giving water to a family that you have never met.
- You love someone on this mission team, and you would do anything to support them.
This is a big decision to help us with a cause that means so much to us. Please consider the difference you could make for just one family. It is a drop in the bucket, as they say. But what a delicious drink it will be! Thank you for partnering with us.
We will hold you in prayer for your generosity to these people.
May God bless you!
The Pacific NW CEDEPCA Mission Team
*Pacific NW Mission Team: Gary Stautz, Sunny Stautz, Barbara Brooks, Carol Broyles, Judy Charles, Arlene Koth, Ayn Lavagnino, Keith Bloss, Gwen Wagner, and Will White
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