Sister Norma Raupple will lead a group of college women on a mission trip to the U.S./Mexico border this December for Water With Blessings.
This is the second year she’s making the mission trip; in December 2013, Sister Norma made the trip with six of our Companions in Mission. Our Youngstown Associates adopted Water With Blessings as a project, raising $3,000 to buy water filtration kits for families in need of clean water living at the Brownsville, Texas/Matamoros, Mexico border.
Our local group will meet up with Sister Larraine Lauter, a Kentucky Ursuline who founded the program, for what will be a beautiful and enriching experience. Not only does Water With Blessings help people in desperate need of clean water, it also gives the young women an opportunity for an international immersion/reflection experience with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown.
Last year, our local group brought the clean water kits to 50 young mothers during the training sessions. These “Water Women” agreed to share their filters with four other families. Thus, “God’s Thirsty Children” received the gift of clean water for Christmas.
Our goal again this year is to raise $3,000 to purchase the kits. A couple of local groups are considering grants to help with the project. If you or your group would like to sponsor a “Water Woman,” the kits are $60. Please contact Sister Norma for more information or to make a donation by emailingemailing or calling her at 330-792-7636.
Here is a slideshow of last year’s visit!