On August 20, seven youth and faith formation ministers and two CRS staff members traveled to Bolivia and Peru through the Called to Witness program that provides short-term, firsthand experiences of the developing world as seen through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Kathy Regan, consultant, Our Sunday Visitor curriculum division, certified spiritual director – Soul Purpose Ministry, Shenandoah, Iowa, filed this reflection.
Today in Bolivia I met a people who draw life from the land . . . a land dry and rocky . . . to some almost desolate . . . a people with weathered faces who live a simple life just trying to survive . . . connected to the land . . . to family . . . to the community . . . and to God . . . whose only water source is a polluted creek bed a three-hour walk away.
But on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, lives forever changed for this simple community of 44 families . . . as life-giving water flowed through the pipes and down the Andes Mountains into their homes and school.
Water . . . life-giving water . . . now flowing into their lives. There was dancing . . . and celebration . . . there were tears and laughter . . . there was food and rejoicing.
These colorfully dressed woman gathered around the faucet. Their fingers danced amid the running water . . . they splashed like children playing in the rain . . . they immersed their bodies . . . delighting in and blessing all those gathered around.
It was a sacred moment . . . a sacramental moment. These women . . . mothers and grandmothers . . . rejoiced in this gift from God and the people from CRS, for they know that water will help keep their families alive.
And I . . . I was humbled to bear witness to this life-changing, life-giving moment . . . beautiful people that I now call family.
Life has forever changed in this Andean community . . . and my life is forever blessed!
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