It's been 7 months since I got home from Chiapas and I still haven't posted about one of the most important ministries that we did down there: Water Filters!!!
First I should start by explaining the process (as much as I can, being a girl who doesn't really pay attention to things that are mechanical or tools or anything). Nathan and Julie Terrell, the missionaries we helped down in San Cristobal, have a ministry of translating the Gospel into the Zoque and Ch'ol languages and also recording it onto audio cd to hand out with the water filters in the villages. Water filters are incredibly useful to the people because the water is not clean at all so they have to boil it before they can use it. With the filter, they just pour the water through the top, and it comes out clean! There is more to the process then that but I don't remember all the little details. Bottom line, I can help put together a filter and that is all that matters :)
The whole system consists of 2 buckets, the filter, and some screws or bolts or something. The buckets are turned on top of each other and the filter is fixed in the middle of them through a hole that you screw.
Eden with the literature that we include with each filter. The people really appreciate this.
Part of our team with the buckets. We loaded them onto a trailer that was pulled behind the Yukon. This was for the Ch'ol trip.
We first drilled holes into the buckets. One of the holes is for the filter to fit through.
The actual filter. You can clean it and depending how much it gets used, it lasts for 6 months to 1 1/2 years.
We had to screw the filter into the bucket through a hole.
Me putting a filter into the bucket at one of the houses.
Steven explaining how to use and take care of the filter. He also uses this time to make a comparison to how the filter is like the Lord. The dirty water at the top is us but after we are born again, the Lord makes us clean just like the filter makes the water clean. (That is a very loose paraphrase.)
This picture makes me smile. I love the faces Steven and Jacob are making. After the filter is screwed in, the guys snapped the buckets together and then someone (aka me) disinfected the whole thing with bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
After the whole process is complete, we take a picture of the family for Nathan's records. Here are a few of the satisfied customers:
And that, my dear blogger friends, is the process of installing a water filter. Yeah, I know I don't do a good job of explaining things but at least there's pictures :) Blessings to you all!!!
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