Chris Macy knows about his faith, and he knows about selling newspapers. These days, he’s learning about well drilling and Central America.
The single-copy sales manager for The Daily Home is preparing for a mission trip to Nicaragua, where he will be a member of a team working to drill a well.
Macy and a handful of his fellow congregants at Word of Life Church in Coldwater will be in the impoverished country May 11-17 with Word Alive International Outreach in partnership with Living Water International. He started raising money for the trip in January with a goal of $1,900, and is more than halfway there with $1,000 raised.
“I saw a need, and I’ve never done a mission trip outside the country before,” said Macy, an Indiana native who moved to Alabama 15 years ago after his military service, when he visited a former military buddy in Munford.
Macy learned about missiles and torpedoes in the military, and served on an aircraft carrier for a year during Operation Desert Storm. He learned his faith from his father, a lay leader at his church in Indiana, and remembers going on domestic mission trips with the church youth group. His father baptized him last summer.
As for the international mission trip, “I didn’t think it was possible because of the cost,” he said. “My dad has done trips in Africa and Haiti. He encouraged me, and said if I do it right, I can raise the money. It was my new year’s resolution to do something new that benefits other people. I’ve never dug a well, so this will be a new, different experience.
“Our first day or so will be spent training,” Macy said. “After that, during the day we will be working on drilling the well, and in the evening time we’ll be visiting with the locals.”
His fundraising letter explains that Living Water Nicaragua is working in and around the cities of Granada and Rivas to make a generational change by providing clean water “and through sharing about the Living Water that is Jesus.”
While Macy’s team works on the well, a separate mission team will share basic hygiene techniques and supplies as well as Bible stories.
“By God’s grace, the team will forge meaningful relationships, serve as witness to the faithfulness of God, and return home transformed!” the letter says.
In addition to financial support, Macy is also seeking prayer support for the advancement of his team’s faith, for their success in drilling the well, and for their unity and safety.
“Some people in our church have done this before, and they say there’s a huge demand for water and they encourage everybody to do it. In Nicaragua they travel a mile or two to the nearest water source. If they can have it close by for daily use, they won’t have to walk for hours.”
Macy said tax-free donations to support his trip may be made online at http://www.water.cc/chris-macy/give-well-0 or mailed to Chris Macy c/o The Daily Home, P.O. Box 977, Talladega, AL 35161.
“I want to say thanks to all who have donated so far,” he said.
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