Knight Brings Drinking Water to Rural Guatemala

Knight Brings Drinking Water to Rural Guatemala


(uplifting music) (soft music) – Water signifies life. Water also is used many times in scripture referring to Jesus as the
water of everlasting life for those who thirst. And so a need for a relationship with God is just as vital to our
bodies as the liquid water. My name is Ted van der Zalm and as a young man I went to
Africa straight from university by an invite from Italian missionaries and they simply said, “Ted,
trust in God, just come.” And that’s when scriptures
came alive for me. My wife and I, we had
10 years of experience drilling water wells in Africa, when we were made aware
of the desperate need for water here in the mountain region of Santa Maria Jalapa in Guatemala. Dirty contaminated,
bacteria infested water is the largest killer of
children around the world. And then the women have
such such difficult lives, many of their backs or
spines are just s-bent ’cause of this constant walking for water. They will walk an hour
one way down a mountain, scoop up this water, then
walk up a steep mountain slope that would even challenge a billy goat, just to get dirty water. So it has a very negative
impact on the whole community. (soft music) – We began Wells of Hope
because we are all called to love our neighbor as ourself. This power of love is so incredible that the seemingly impossible
does become possible. People who turn to Wells
of Hope as their only hope that’s not anybody, that’s
Jesus Christ at the gate. How are you gonna respond? (audience applauding) Every household will have
a tap at their front door. The women will never have
to walk for water again. And the people can grow their own food. It becomes a very sustainable system. The benefits, the list is
endless, it goes on and on. Fraternity and charity really drew me to the Knights of Columbus. The Knights was set up to help the widows, to help struggling women. And we’ve copied that
desire within Wells of Hope. I feel truly the spirit
of the Knights of Columbus when we help someone like Susana. Her daughter was abandoned by her husband and left two children behind. Susana saves four to eight hours a day now that she has water at her home so she can take care of
her kids so much better. Her own health is greatly improved because she’s not hauling all that weight up and down the mountainside. – Ever since I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone and to
trust in God and really say, “Here I am Lord, do with
me whatever you will.” For me that’s when I
actually saw scripture come alive before my eyes. The real heroes that
humble me to the core, every single solitary day,
is the poor that we serve. The sacrifices that so many
women in the mountains make. They are true heroes in my book.

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