Living Your Faith: Steve Sigel and Bill Slaughter
Around the world, 663 million people face a daily struggle for clean water. Helping people establish and maintain water systems in their rural areas may seem like a small step, but it is life-changing to the communities…and to those, like members Steve Sigel and Bill Slaughter, who have helped make it happen in Nicaragua!
What drew them to the FPC Clean Water Ministry and why have they been involved for the past eight years?
Steve Sigel’s first mission trip was to Mexico to build homes, then followed by medical mission trips to Nicaragua. Spending time with Christians in other countries has been significant to his faith journey. The Clean Water Ministry provides that opportunity along with the satisfaction of providing safe water to communities - a life-changing opportunity for people in those areas.
Bill Slaughter, too, participated in medical mission trips to Nicaragua. And while he knew those trips were helpful, he was drawn to the Clean Water Ministry team when it formed in 2010 because of the long-term benefits to the Nicaraguan communities.
Steve and Bill have partnered with other U.S. churches for the installation of five water systems in Nicaragua. They were trained by the Living Waters for the World organization, so they are well-versed and provide not only installation and maintenance training to people in Nicaragua, but also educate community members about the benefits and use of the clean water. Bill is also involved with the Living Waters organization as moderator for the World Nicaragua network.
Building trust, and providing hope and encouragement exemplify what they have accomplished with the operating partners in Nicaragua. Bill and Steve also have appreciated the fellowship of working with local partners and other church teams, while expanding their view of God’s people in other environments.
Steve and Bill are people of faith empowered by God to be agents of change. We thank them for their gifts of leadership and dedication, which have enriched their lives and this ministry and made a real difference to the people in Nicaragua.
The FPC Clean Water Ministry has also installed four water systems in Haiti under the leadership of Laura Wright. They are seeking a new partner church for future Haiti installations. Thank you to Laura and her team.
Interested in ways to be involved at First Pres? Learn more about our Compassion Ministry Teams and various Outreach Teams. Or contact Marsha Williams for information on matching your interests to a ministry or fellowship group at FPC.