The note was in an email from the Fred Osorio, our lawyer in Guatemala. It was translated to state the following: “It is a great pleasure to greet you and wish you much success. The reason I am sending this message is to let you know that on this date, Water For Life is now registered in the Ministry of Government, as you can see from the attachment the certificate of inscription (official signature), where appear the details of inscription. The business is not concluded yet, it still lacks the Naming of Legal Representative, Mr. Berny Leonardo. Nevertheless, I calculate that this work is about 80% finished. I ask your forgiveness for the delay. However, it is because of excessive work in the Ministry of Government. Tomorrow I will present for inscription the Naming of the Legal Representative, so I estimate that I will be completing the whole work in about 15 days.”
These few words marked a long sought goal of our project. This was our obtaining official government recognition as a (non-governmental organization) status. This status, along with completing the final step of getting the “franquisia,” which is a different process, and will allow us to bring all kinds of equipment into Guatemala duty-free. We have been assisted in this by Dr. Lopez, who is from the local Ministry of Health in Poptun. He also knows someone who is his friend in the tax department of the government who can apparently assist us in this final step.
We have made several starts on this before and have been stopped by one problem or another. We have had problems finding a good lawyer to help us; we have been told it would require a deposit of $50,000 US dollars; we have been told it would take years; we have been told it is impossible. We were assisted in finally completing this by one of our volunteers, Dr. Ron Fleck of Walla Walla, Washington, who came to Guatemala with us in February and conducted a medical seminar for public health officers from the Poptun area.
We are thankful to you for helping us to accomplish this. Also thankful are literally thousands of villagers in the area who now can drink water without the fear of illness and death for themselves and their children. As with many things in life, and as with this whole project, what seems impossible to begin with, can be accomplished by willing people working with patience and the providence of the Lord.