The Board of World Mission’s Blessings Flow Project has provided clean water to over 400 families in the La Moskitia region of Honduras this year through the distribution of household water filters.
Through a partnership with local leaders and an organization called One Atta Time, which provides five-gallon buckets, EPA-approved water filters, and assessments of health and water quality, we have blessed every family in the villages of Tumtum Tara and Warunta, with plans to serve three additional communities in the first stage of the project.
Blessing Flow has already touched the hearts of many North American Moravians, who have assembled water filters, contributed to joyful noise offerings, and welcomed BWM staff members into their congregations to share about the project.
Each of our Moravian senior high camps featured a filter assembly project, while many congregations made donations and volunteered assembly time to make this project work. We are deeply grateful to all who have engaged with this effort through recent Moravian Day of Service activities and beyond.
Recently, the cost to donate a filter doubled to $100. But even with this increased price, your donation goes a long way by covering the cost of purchasing the filter, shipping costs to get it in country, the purchase of the bucket, visits by BWM and One Atta Time staff to do health assessments, filter distribution, training on how to use and maintain the filter, and a follow-up visit to measure impact and ensure continued proper usage. That’s a lot of value to give EVERY family in these communities a decade or more of clean water to limit days of work and school lost to the effects of water-borne illnesses!
Even more importantly, this is a project carried out jointly by the leadership of the two Moravian Church bodies in Honduras. The church, which split more than 25 years ago, is finding ways to work together in mission that transcend their historical division. This display of unity is a tremendous witness to these communities.
Go to www.MoravianMission.org/BlessingsFlow to give, stay up to date with the progress of the project, and find opportunities to engage through the BWM’s annual Advent calendar, preaching resources, youth activities, and more.
Those in the US can send checks to: Board of World Mission, 1021 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Please use the memo line to indicate that your gift is for “Blessings Flow.” Canadians can send checks to: Moravian Church in Canada, 600 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0B8. Interac e-Transfer donations may be sent to [email protected]. In the comments section, please mark this donation as “Blessings Flow” and include your name and address to receive a tax receipt.
Sylvie Hauser is director of communications and development for the Board of World Mission. Photos courtesy of BWM.