The TBK Team arrived safely in El Salvador on Sunday to begin our 8th annual trip to El Salvador with Living Water International. After a full day of travel, and a little exploration, the team was given a briefing on where they will serve for the week.
The team will serve a community where Living Water has provided a well previously. The manual hand pump for the old well stopped working, making it difficult to access the water. The well, which was built on the grounds of a school, is now mostly inaccessible to the community because of a fence now surrounding the private property of the school.
While the village is in close proximity to a larger community with access to public water, certain political barriers have kept the village from accessing the utility supply. While there are a few shallow water sources being used by the community, they are unsafe due to sewage contamination.
On a positive note, because another well site has been successful so close to the new well site, the team is encouraged and optimistic for a successful well by the end of the trip.
The team ended the day with a devotional focused on Genesis 26, where Isaac repeatedly digs wells to provide for his family and livestock, only to have them filled in by his enemies who wanted Isaac to leave the land. The team talked about the reality of facing hardships that might cause them to doubt, fear, or wrestle with discouragement. However, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28).