Marvin Holly reports on Xpujil visit (May 2015)

 There’s nothing like going to see for yourself something that’s been described by someone else that sounds exciting and peaks ones interest.  That’s how I feel about the Mexico Cistern Project.  The fact that usable water can not come from the ground itself and must instead be captured from the rooftops and stored in enough quantity to last for months of drought is a sobering proposition.  The rocky, stumpy, cleared patches of crops stands in sharp contrast to the huge fertile fields of West Tennessee.  It’s been a while since I’ve been awakened by the crowing of roosters in the morning.   Cooking over the open fire is a skill that our scouts learn, yet it’s a novelty- not like the way things are done daily in Mexico.
   The Mexico Cistern Project started as a medical mission and evolved and grew into an effort to keep people healthy by storing enough clean water for their needs.  The Mexico Cistern Project somewhat follows the model of Habitat for Humanity.  The family agrees to make preparations by clearing the site, hosts the work team, agrees to repay as they are able, and agrees to help build other cisterns for their neighbors.  Volunteers from the US help pay for some of the $1800 materials costs, fill buckets of sand and gravel for the mixer, play with the kids, learn some Spanish, and sometimes get in the way.  There is plenty of involvement and ownership of the local community and our participation helps get more cisterns built.
    I pray that we are effectively ministering to God’s children in Mexico through this project by bringing clean  water to homes and making life life less burdensome for families.  I would encourage others to support this mission as they are able.  I am pleased local churches in our presbytery are co-operating in joint ministry.   I want to express my thanks to Trinity for their support and look forward to sharing my experience with the whole church.
Vaya con Dios
Marvin Holley

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