Today we were able to distribute water filters! Tonight at our meeting, everyone shared words about their day. Common phrases used to express the day were inspiring, compassionate, flowing, harmonic, loving. However, it was evident that the team was overwhelmed with the impact the filters have on the Kenyans’ lives. We reflected on the scope of impact these filters have. It is such a privilege be the team on the ground here in Kenya on behalf of the church and all the donations, prayers and partnership. For those whose first trip this is, they were amazed to witness up close the families receiving the gift of clean water.
After all day meeting with the recipients, instructing them how to assemble, use and maintain their filters, we ended the day with a walk down to the river. Standing at the river, we took in the scene. This river is mud colored and dirty. It is full of their waste and is where their cows also drink. This is the water source their drinking water comes from.
We gathered around and thanked God that tonight, families would be drinking clean water for maybe the first time in their life. Many members on our team slipped off their shoes, declaring that riverbank a Holy Ground. We stood there taking in the truth that Jesus is the water of life. That because of Jesus, we are washed clean. Because of God the Provider, we are able to extend our hands, resources and hearts to these Kenyans and meet practical needs that will forever change their health and their lives.
It was a moment of serenity. The presence of God was all around us down on that riverbank. In a moment, we were engulfed in the love of God and humbled to be His servants on earth. We are blessed to be in this specific region, to engage with and serve these specific people.
It was an impactful day. Impactful for those getting water filters and also those giving water filters. The day will leave a lasting impact: on both health and hearts.