Water With Blessing Mission Trip 2016

1521780_10153632333480599_690473656_n (1)Sister Norma Raupple will lead a group of college women on a mission trip to the U.S./Mexico border December 30, 2016-           January 7, 2017 for Water With Blessings.

This is the third 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.

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.

For more information download this flier. To participate in this Mission trip contact Sister Norma Raupple at 330.261.4721 by 1 October 2016.

Here is a slideshow of the last visit!

Vaya Con Dios

Picture 076Imagine if our water wasn’t safe to drink, safe to bathe in, or safe to wash the dishes with.  Many people who live near the Mexican Border are living with that reality.  Our own Sister Norma Raupple is heading there to help through a program called Water with Blessings.
Sister Norma, Sister Larraine Lauter, an Ursuline Sister from Kentucky, and six college students/volunteers with ties to the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown set out for a 7-day service trip to Brownsville,Texas, Dec.14.
Ursuline Associates in Youngstown have agreed to be partners in this endeavor. With the help of a few others, they have raised $3,000 to purchase water purification systems and materials ($60 each).
Ursuline Associates from Texas and Mexico are doing the groundwork by purchasing buckets for the systems and inviting 50  young mothers to participate in the project. ). Each mother will in turn help four other families. That means 250 families will soon be able to enjoy safe water.
Sr. LarraineWater with Blessings is a nonprofit organization started by Sister Larraine.
Be sure to follow our Social Media pages in the next few days. Our group will send photos and highlights of their trip which we’ll post.
Click here for more information on the Youngstown Project.