When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
- John 4:7-10
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
- Luke 2:25-26
Soon, our church will commission and send out a team to install equipment so that a poor village in an impoverished country can have clean drinking water.
When I was born-again, I had a fire inside me. I wanted to do something for God in my life. I soon went to college to study chemical engineering. I had no idea what that was, at first. Even as a college freshman, the thought of two things crossed my mind: water and sewers. Could I design a system for either of those to help people in developing nations?
But before my sophomore year of college, the military draft called my number. I became a scholarship ROTC student. My mindset changed. My near-term future was set. When the military commitment was over, I had a family to support. The thoughts of designing something like the picture above was only in the far reaches of my mind. My wife and I discussed missionary work, halfheartedly, but ever so briefly. My wife is very adventurous and would not have minded going to a far-off land at that time, but we had two boys to take care of.
The equipment that is shown in the photo was designed by others and a team from our church, well-trained to install and test the equipment, is ready to go. At this point in my life, I am not capable of going to back country to do such work. I would slow them down.
While I feel a little regret, I am amazed at how our God can take me on a nearly 50 year journey from accepting Him as my Savior to this point. Others got the call from God and did the design work. My idea was my idea regarding water and sewer. God had different plans, for me and others.
For those who were confused reading the two Scripture passages above, the first talks of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus offers living water. The second Scripture talks of Simeon getting to see the baby Jesus before he died.
I had dreamed as a college freshman of designing a system that could provide one of the necessities of life to impoverished people. We need clean drinking water to live. Most of us sitting at a computer, reading these stories on the Internet, take clean water for granted. I did not design the system, but I lived long enough to see a source of clean drinking water become a reality.
My heart is with the crew that leaves soon. I will be with them in spirit.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.