THIRSTY GROUND UPDATES

Getting Ready

Snapshot of one pile of gear piled throughout the house right now. Packing for a place with no reliable interior infrastructure for food, water, electricity or communications presents some challenges.
Snapshot of one pile of gear piled throughout the house right now. Packing for a place with no reliable interior infrastructure for food, water, electricity or communications presents some challenges. Reminds me of the Army.

These have been some very busy days and nights! Since the day it seemed clear to go ahead and form a team to respond to the disaster in the Philippines, God has provided in many ways to help us get ready. We went from a small team of only 3 of us to now 6 committed people planning to come and help, and possibly others still considering it. We went from having minimal equipment for the trip to now having over 80 purification units enroute to be prepared for transport over there, as well as ample sustainment equipment for the growing team. Much thanks to SteriMed and their staff for helping us get their purification units expedited for transport to our location, and to My Patriot Supply for working out a great discount to help us get more Life Straw Family units than we otherwise could have acquired. In theory, if all 80 of these unit were operated at peak capacity for on average 12 hours a day, they could provide over 28,000 treatments a day which would give enough clean water for almost 15,000 people to survive on while they wait for the infrastructure to be operational again. Now, in reality we probably won’t be able to get all of them running at once for 12 hours straight a day in one place, but if our aim of training local communities to use them and distributing them to remote locations is realized, there is still the potential for thousands of people to have clean water that otherwise may not. Couple this with the sharing of God’s word and a tangible expression of compassion in the relief efforts, and who knows what God will do with it?

I am amazed at how fast God is moving to bring this together, and all the people stepping in to help make it happen. Much thanks to all who are involved on the home front in support as well, those praying and giving. Lord willing, we will be able to keep updates coming through on this page for all of you to follow along. God will provide, and I will do what I can to post encouragements and challenges we meet along the way. But for now, I need to focus on wrapping up loose ends, packing, and spending time with my wife and kids before disappearing off into the chaos of the Philippines for 21 days.

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