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GUANPURO, OTOVOLO (OCTOBER 14, 2009)
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(WRITTEN BY STEVE JONES WHO WENT WITH HIS WIFE, KAREN, AND SERGIO AND NIXIE MORA TO ECUADOR)

On October 14, on Wednesday morning, Pastor Henry, HeartSprings international director for Ecuador, came for us at our hotel.  He is a very precious, Godly man with a wonderfully tender heart and great love and compassion for his people.   He and his wife, Heidy, pastor a church of 5,000 members in the southern portion of Quito..  He drove the five of us two and one-half hours north to the town of Otovolo (prounced  Oto-voll'-o) where we picked up the mayor of a small outlying village.  This village lies to the north of Quito, quite close to the border with Columbia.  Our goal here was to make a permanent the installation of the first chlorine generator we had placed in Ecuador in May.  During the initial feasibility study, Mayor Manuel had accepted Jesus as his savior under Sergio and Nixie's preaching, and promised to build a small shed beside the water tank to house the chlorine generator and its associated equipment.  When Sergio and Nixie had returned a month or so later to install the chlorine generator, they found that the small shed was not built.   Mayor Manuel explained that he thought the offer of the chlorine generator was a lie because others had come to his village with big promises but no follow-through.  He arose with weeping in the midst of the village meeting and apologized and asked for forgiveness.  He said, "Now I know that when your God says He will do something, then He will do it!" 

The chlorine generator that Sergio and Nixie left in May was being used about five hours per day and then taken back to the water supervisor's house for the night.   What none of us knew until today was that this village was getting their water from another community's tank because Manuel's village had no water tank of its own.  Pastor Henry and Mayor Manuel went to the other village water supervisor's home to talk concerning the permanent placement of the chlorine generator, but to no avail.  There was too much political infighting and jealousy and territorial control issues for us to make a proper permanent installation.  You need to know that in Ecuador, the mayor of each village or community is very highly respected and esteemed, nearly to the point of being worshiped; hence, these mayors are extremely territorial in their point of view.  As we drove back down the mountain to Manuel's village, we could sense that he was deeply distressed and disappointed in this failure to work together with the neighboring village for their common good. He asked us to stop on the side of the mountain to see his dream.  We got out of the car and stood in that beautiful place while he explained to us his vision, to build a water tank on top of this mountain, pump water from the spring down the hill up to the tank, treat the water with the chlorine, then pipe the good water to his village.   I asked him what the cost would be, and he replied that his village had worked for four years to raise enough money to pay for a cost study.  As of 2008, the project was estimated to come in at $32,000. (Ecuador has the same money as America).  He had absolutely no idea where that much money was to come from.  The Ecuador government has shown little interest in helping these small villages.  The six of us formed a circle of prayer and began to ask God to provide the necessary funds so that the precious people of this village could have their good water for themselves and their children.    

In the interim the Safe Water System will reside in one town and be taken daily to the tank in the neighboring town by the Water Supervisor.   We rejoice that at least both towns are receiving clean water!
 
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