by Jason Hall, Team Leader | Aguacayo, El Salvador

Once again, we are thankful for a great day in the village of Aguacayo. After being greeted by the endearing laughter and joy of the precious little schoolchildren, we walked up the hill to put a few finishing touches on the well. We added a little more gravel down the well-bore until we had attained the desired level, and then we flushed the well for about an hour and a half to clear out any debris that might have accumulated downhole overnight. Then we removed all the pipe out of the hole and moved the large air compressor and drilling rig away from the well in preparation for pouring the concrete slab for the well-pad later in the day.

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John Lummus and Clay Lewis. Who’s the guy in the middle?

We broke for a delicious lunch of pupusas, lovingly prepared by the cook at the school, and afterwards we set up a DVD player and projector in a large classroom so that the students at the school could watch the Jesus film and hear the powerful testimony of Angel, one of the staff members of Living Water International El Salvador. Both the film and Angel’s testimony were well-received, and many of the children seemed to be engrossed throughout. Although the school’s tight class schedule precluded a detailed follow-up, our sincere hope is that seeds were planted in fertile soil, and that all of these children will ultimately come to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

As the students were watching the film, a few of the men from the village helped the drilling team by mixing the concrete for the well-pad slab. There was a brief moment of apprehension when we seemed to be running short on materials with only half of the concrete poured, but the village of Aguacayo really came to the rescue!

Students to the rescue.

Students to the rescue.

One of the teachers at the school put out a call for help, and seemingly out of nowhere a small army some of the older students, mostly in their early-to-mid teens, appeared and immediately went to work. Some of the guys were dispatched down the hill to fetch additional water from the well that had been drilled the previous week, while others were sent to retrieve some of the leftover sand. They were very diligent and very efficient. I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever seen shovels and wheelbarrows move so quickly!  Seeing these kids so eager to help their own village was very impactful to the team, and demonstrated to us just how important this well is to them.

Jason Hall setting the dedication plaque into the concrete slab.

Jason Hall setting the dedication plaque into the concrete slab.

By the end of the day, the slab was complete. The concrete will set overnight, and we’ll install the pumping mechanism tomorrow morning. We’re looking forward to the dedication ceremony where we will formally hand the well over to the village.

Finally, another word from Clay to Omar: Slow is good, but rapido es mejor! 😉

Please continue to pray for us. Love you guys!
Jason

May Crenshaw with school kids.

Mary Crenshaw with school kids.

Chris Kincaid with a new friend in Aguacayo.

Chris Kincaid with a new friend in Aguacayo.