The people never forgot the care which the Lutheran Church provided during painful times thirty years ago. Now, through the work of the Commission of Historic Memory, the church has received the call from the people to build a little church here, along with a community center and a small memorial to the women and children who were killed in this place. A small group of us accompanied the Bishop as he led the community in the first Lutheran worship the people have shared since they were refugees at Fe y Esperanza. We celebrated Holy Communion with blessed water in a pink plastic cup, because no one could find any wine nor grape juice (nor even grape soda -- the Bishop was ready to be creative.) The people celebrated, sharing the host and drinking the sacred water.
The town's current water system works poorly. There is no pressure and often no water at all. The struggle to have reliable water piped to homes is echoed throughout El Salvador. Thanks to improved coordination, Habitat El Salvador is exploring the possibility of developing a new water system for this town, as well as for a few other rural Lutheran-Church-connected communities. We walked to the source with a friend from Habitat to learn more about the quality of the water and the force of the flow.
|The water source|
|The Laundry Rocks|
We finished our climb well moistened from perspiration and a little winded, but satisfied that we had been to the source.
Water - we forget to appreciate it until we do not have it. We waste it until we have a limited amount of it. Water - for washing, for bathing, for drinking, for blessing in a pink plastic cup - it is precious.