Four members of a church in Coldwater had the trip of a lifetime earlier this month, helping bring fresh water to people in an impoverished Central American village.
“We were really impressed with what the village did to support us as we were there to support them,” said Chris Macy, single-copy sales manager for The Daily Home.
He said four members of Word Alive Church – Dennis and Yvette Lovvorn, Lori Hiett and himself – traveled to Nicaragua May 11-17 with Living Water International, with the purpose of drilling a well.
They joined a long-term mission team of three people who travel to villages around Granada and Rivas, drilling wells with a small drilling rig.
“They’ve got two teams, and people come in weekly to help,” Macy said.
“They have scouts who go scope out areas and maybe take core samples. They knew this village had a need,” he said.
Macy said the head driller expected a fairly easy drill. The well was near a river and much of the soil there is sandy, so when they started on Monday, May 12, they expected to hit water on Tuesday.
They hit water at 20 feet on the first day, but kept drilling to find a deeper, cleaner aquifer. At 80 feet by the end of that day, they had found no water.
By the end of Wednesday they had drilled to 110 feet and still hit no water.
On Thursday, the mission team decided to pray the prayer of Jabez over the village, according to notes about the trip from Hiett. “Chris was also praying for a sign from God to keep us positive and refresh and remind us that He is with us. That is when a rainbow completely circling the sun appeared,” her notes said.
The team switched over from a water drill to an air drill, which has a larger bit and more power to cut through stone.
“We went down 75 feet and we hit water,” Macy said. “The previous day we went down 110 feet and didn’t get any water.”
On Friday, after the well was flushed until clean water was flowing, it flowed at a rate of 50 to 55 gallons per minute, about double what the average well provides in that area, Macy said.
“There were a lot of things we couldn’t explain,” Macy said.
He said the village is about 75 people, and several of them helped the drilling team each day. They provided the visitors meals including chicken soup with the drumstick in the bowl, with mango and yucca root; and tortillas filled with rice and beans.
On the final day of the team’s visit, the villagers held a ceremony to express their appreciation, give the visitors gifts, perform their local dance, break pinatas and celebrate.
One day was spent sightseeing at the Mombacho volcano in the area, and Macy said the itinerary originally called for more sightseeing time.
“We worked Thursday because we hadn’t hit water yet, and getting water was what we were there for.”
He expressed appreciation to everyone who made donations to support his trip. The donations included a sizeable donation from a Pell City man.
“I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to those who helped contribute to this mission’s success, and a special thank you to Mr. Wallace, who helped solidify the cost of the trip by donating $1,000,” Macy said. “So many people will be blessed by this.”
His church is planning to send another team this November.
“I would love to go, but I’ll have to wait and see how the finances go,” he said.