Tikkun Olam is a Jewish theological concept that refers to God’s commitment to repair the world.
On Friday morning our team of about 30 returned from Chuicutama, Guatemala, an indigenous village about 11K feet up in the Highlands. Over the past few years my church has been committed to providing a complete sanitation system for the 400+ residents of Chuicutama.
In addition, we’ve constructed a community center in the village where volunteer teams like ours can stay to service the neighboring communities and where medical volunteers from North American can come to train indigenous women to provide themselves healthcare.
Ministry has few tangible results to which you can point. I’m grateful that due to the generosity and hard work of many of you we’ve made an impactful differences in the lives of the people in Chuicutama.
This work I believe is one way important way we’ve embodied tikkun olam as a community.
In December/January when the dry season has come the final sewage lines will be added to the system bringing the multiyear project to a close. It should be a cool celebration to experience. If you’re interested in joining our winter team to share in that moment just let me know.
For my sermon on Sunday I walked people through images from the week’s work. If you’d like to listen to it, you can below. Or you can download the free mobile app.
If you’d like to read my introductory and concluding comments, you can here: Tikkun Olam Romans 4 Sermon
Here’s the slideshow that went with the sermon: Toilet Project Slideshow
Here are some images from the week:
James Matthews, Ron Good and I digging the ditch for the main sewer line.
Mainline about 1/5 of the way dug 🙁
The hard work leads to high jinks:
Lorenzo, a member of the community, received a needful wage from our fundraising for the Toilet Project.
Carrying the sewage pipes a 4-man affair
Miguel, the leader of Chuicutama, thanks Aldersgate for all their work and partnership (the power went out our last night so it’s dark):