In most cases, such a statement would be bad news. But for Hillrie Quin and his “Clean Water” team, it was a message of joy. It signaled acceptance from the remote Bolivian community of the water purification system installed by the team from the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands this past March. Moreover, it meant that the residents of El Chore “bought” into the clean water program the team established.
Seven people from the church, including the pastor, Dr. Lee Bowman, joined Quin in the mission to install the water purification system in El Chore and to educate the residents concerning its value.
“The people we met thanked us for coming to their country,” said Bowman. “They were genuinely touched that we wanted to help them help themselves. One of the most poignant comments I received was from one of our translators who said to me, ‘Thank you for bringing this group who have shown such kindness to my people.’”