BACK A community member from Colonia La Joyita, El Salvador, and a Living Water staff member shake hands by the community's new safe water well.

Trusting God When We Face Challenges

In Colonia La Joyita, El Savlador, 135 community members relied upon one hand-dug well for all of their needs.

There were other hand-dug wells in the community that had once provided them with water, but these eventually dried up over time. The sole hand-dug well left for use provided insufficient and unsafe water. The water dwindled in the summer and became dark and muddy during rainy months.

Yet the community members had no option but to use this water for drinking, cooking, and all other hygienic and household uses. Aside from thirst and the stress caused by rationing the water, the residents also suffered from water-related illnesses.

To respond to this community’s urgent request, Living Water drillers and a team of Living Water Trips volunteers began work on a new well. However, during the construction process, the team experienced technical difficulties.

While waiting for a mechanic to arrive, the community members used this unexpected break as a time of worship with the Living Water Trips team. Some sang songs in English, while others sang in Spanish. Together they proclaimed God’s goodness and faithfulness regardless of the outcome.

Soon the project was back on track, and the drilling team reached a safe water aquifer 44 meters deep. The community gathered for a well dedication ceremony, and in unison, they gave thanks to God for the gift of safe water.

A community member from Colonia La Joyita, El Salvador, pumps water from a new safe water well.

The residents of Colonia La Joyita had waited years for their water crisis to end, but even in the face of these challenges, they displayed such strong faith. In this way, their well project grew the faith of everyone involved, including the Living Water staff and volunteers.

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