This post is way too long overdue!! Kristin and I came back from Honduras this past March for the first time on a mission trip together as husband and wife! I was so excited to go on a mission trip with my new bride and what made it even more exciting was that the mission trip was with Living Water Int’l. I its one of the coolest non-profits I know of and it’s an honor to have the pleasure of shoot for. I was so blessed to be able to join two trips ( 1 2 ) last year down to Honduras that I just couldn’t resist bringing Kris to experience the Honduran love. The people are so incredible. Hearts filled with joy, faces full of smiles and kids bursting with laughter! Every where we went it seemed like we always had about 100 incredibly eager kids to run around and play games with. This is quite a task trying to keep all the kids entertained, constructing a water well, all while enduring the 100 degree blazing hot summer sun. Not to mention the constant 100% humidity.. Literally 100%.. But the funny thing is.. you can’t seem to stop. No matter how hot or tired you may be, you see the excitement in the kids faces just begging for more, you can’t help but play another 20 games of soccer or keep-away!
The other really awesome key factor of this trip was that we were actually able to sponsor the new well we were building. We donate 10% of our packages back to charity and give our clients a few options of which charity they would like to support. Enough of our clients chose Living Water that together, we were able to fund the entire construction of this well!! So I just wanted to give a special thank you to all our amazing clients! And to all who chose to support Living Water.. these pictures are for you!! Most importantly we want to thank God for allowing us to partake in such an awesome opportunity and to be able to impact so many peoples lives. We know that the construction and all the success this well is all because of Him! We were so humbled and thankful to be a part of it.
collecting some water from the local stream.
This is mama.. she was the one that prepared our food for us everyday we were out on site. Below is a picture of inside her home to just give some perspective.
and her adorable little niece.
All the community members gather at a local river to do their laundry. The problem is that often times it is the same stream that people are getting their drinking water from. This is the case when you have no other option, hence a large necessity for clean drinking water from the water wells we drill.
I love how they use the rock as a wash board.. it was really cool to watch..
here is the well at ground breaking..
The new Mrs. Kidd hard at work…
Yours truly breaking pipe with the 17 year old monster of a man, Colton
Kristin’s initiation.. hahaha thanks to Kristin for letting me post these awesome photos!!
Here are some shots of us flushing out the well.. This is the super fun part!
One of the things that I love about the trips is that there is an opportunity to teach hygiene classes at the local school. We were able to help teach the kids how to keep the well clean as well as their own bodies. We taught them how to wash their hands and how it helps to prevent illnesses which can allow them to be in school more days out of the year.
Here are our wonderful lunches everyday..
and our dinner..
just kidding…not OUR dinner anyway. I love all the little ones below.. they are so precious.
Laying the foundation of the well piping.
The plaque reads: “this well is donated by: Brandon Kidd Photography, USA. Made by Living Water International. John 4:13-14 which reads “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. ”
Here are some of the kids using their new well!
These are always my favorite shots of the trip!
At our wedding Kristin and I had our guests write an encouraging note to all the well recipients. Here are some pictures of us distributing them to the best of our abilities Some of them where in Spanish, and I had the opportunity to translate the ones in English as well.
Here is a picture with about half of the kids that attended this little school you can see in the background.. Only two classrooms for about 80-90 students all ranging in various ages.
Its so hard to explain a whole trip like this with just a few photos but I hope you all got a feel for what its like down there (and many areas in the world for that matter). It so cool to witness first hand the impact we can make in the world. If we all just gave back a tiny bit, think about how much impact we could make in other peoples lives. With the help of our amazing clients we were able to provide all these kids with clean and fresh drinking water. And not only them, but their parents, cousins, brothers and sisters, and all the rest of the surrounding communities. Since this well successfully produces water during dry season that we visited in, this well will essentially never run dry. Keeping these kids healthy and improving the quality and extending the length of their lives. We count it all joy that we were able to be apart of it!