The 4th Annual FPC
5K Clean Water Fun Run
Saturday, October 7th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

 

It's time again to lace up those shoes and get ready to run, or walk, or volunteer! Our 4th annual 5k Fun Run will be held again this year at Confederate Park on Nolan Creek in Belton. This event is the major fundraiser for our combined Living Waters for World and Medical Mission Project in Nicaragua, and we need your support! In March 2018, FPC will be installing a system in the community of Pueblo Nuevo, on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast, and will also be providing medical and possibly dental care to the wonderful people of Pueblo Nuevo and surrounding communities. See the article below to learn more about this village. Funds are needed to purchase and transport parts for the system, as well as for medications and medical supplies.
 
 
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with the 5K Fun Run
 
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Report on the

FPC Living Waters Nicaragua Trip June 2017 

by Donna Bowling

 
Dr. Janice Smith, aka La Jefa, our Nicaragua mission team leader, and I recently returned from a weeklong trip to Nicaragua. With the help of Yovette Hebbert, our young guide and translator, as well as Fernando Flores, our faithful driver and also a translator, we visited Las Lajas and Los Chimbos, north of the capitol of Managua.  There we met with the water committees of those communities to learn how the two Living Waters for the World (LWW) water purification systems we helped install in the last two years are doing. We found that in spite of the challenges they face, both systems continue to operate, and the health of the school children has improved as a result of their access to clean water. 
 
While we were in Las Lajas,we talked to Ariel and Adriana, the system operators and met their little girl, one of many children who will benefit from the clean water we have helped provide. Please continue to pray for the people who are operating these systems as well as those to whom they are providing clean water.
 
After the visits to Las Lajas and Los Chimbos, we returned to the capitol of Managua and boarded a small prop plane for the 45-minute flight to Bluefields, which is located on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. From the airport we took a taxi to the dock where our private panga boat waited. A panga is a 20-person water taxi that has a shade cover, but is otherwise open to the changing weather. The panga transported Yovette, Janice, and me on the hour-long journey to the town of Pearl Lagoon. There we stayed at the Green Lodge, a bed and breakfast owned by two members of Magdala Moravian Church, the church Yovette attends, and where she helps operate their LWW water system. We ate breakfast each morning we were there at the kitchen table in the Green Lodge.
 
After breakfast our first morning in Pearl Lagoon, we returned to the dock and took another hour-long trip by panga across the lagoon and up the Wawasang River through the rainforest to Pueblo Nuevo, a place Yovette had suggested as a possible site for us to help install our third LWW water purification system. On the way we stopped at FADCANIC, a technical college, to see the accommodations they offer mission teams. Members of the Pueblo Nuevo water committee were waiting for us when we arrived at the dock in Pueblo Nuevo. From the dock, we hiked fifteen minutes uphill in pouring rain through the village to a small church, where we saw their well and met to discuss the possibility of a covenant agreement with them for the installation of a LWW water system.
 
After discussing all that would be required from the Pueblo Nuevo church and their community as well as our church and supporters to accomplish the installation and operation of the system, we agreed to enter into a covenant relationship and signed the documents necessary to begin the process of preparation, installation and operation of our third LWW water system in Nicaragua. The people we met with were most grateful as we took photos and prayed together. Please continue to keep them in prayer. They are very poor, and, as Yovette described them, very humble. They must raise funds and build a structure to house the water system, which will use water from the church’s well, as well as recruit operators for the water system. They must also recruit educators to teach their community about the importance of clean water as well as how to use it effectively before we return with our mission team the first week of March 2018.
 
We returned to Pearl Lagoon by panga after signing the covenant agreement with Pueblo Nuevo and met at the Moravian Church with physicians as well as the pastor and other members of the church to discuss bringing a medical team next year to see patients in this region. Dr. Wesley Williams, Jr., a Ministry of Health (MINSA) pediatrician and member of the Moravian Church, as well as the son of the owners of the bed and breakfast where we stayed, noted that there is a great need for medical care in the remote areas around Pearl Lagoon. He will work with Janice to make arrangements for a medical team to come and see patients in the area.

 

On Sunday we attended the Moravian Church with Yovette and her family as well as the doctors we had met and the owners of the bed and breakfast and their families. The pastor asked Janice and me to bring greetings from our church during the worship service and to explain why we were there. We told them about our plans to return next year to help install a LWW water system in Pueblo Nuevo and to bring a medical mission team. The Church has sponsored other medical mission teams in the past. After church we were invited to lunch at Yovette’s mom’s home. We rested that afternoon and celebrated all we had accomplished. On Monday we began the long journey home with a panga trip back to Bluefields, where we visited the regional MINSA offices to start the lengthy process of bringing a medical team to the area. We returned to Managua that evening, and flew home early Tuesday morning. We are grateful for your prayers and your support of this important mission work of our church.
 
Cheeky monkey greets Janice and Donna
as they arrive to make arrangements for
the 2018 Mission Trip.
 
 
Checking out the water system which the FPC Mission Team installed in the village of Las Lejas on a previous mission trip.
 
 
This little girl in the arms of her proud father is now growing up with clean water,
thanks to your generosity.
 
 
 
The Panga (boat) and the river trip. It took an hour by river to get to Pearl Lagoon where the team stayed and, from there, another hour by river to reach Pueblo Nuevo.
 
 
Janice and Yovette walking through the village of Pueblo Nuevo on a rainy day.
This is the community where the next water system will be installed.
 
The team departs for home but they will be back in the spring of 2018 with the Water Team and the Medical/Dental Team.
 
 
 
 
More Initiatives from the
FPC Mission Team
 
Meals on Wheels
Twice a week, every week of the year, dedicated volunteers from the
Temple/Belton community cook hot
meals in the FPC kitchen and deliver
them to the elderly-in-need in our area. 
 
 
Serving Breakfast at
Church Under the Bridge