Living Water Ministries has planned a celebration for all the efforts put forth to help the community for a decade now.
This Sunday, September 23, Living Water, located at Fourth and Main Streets, invites the community to come and attend their 10 year anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Back in 1999, Andy Dietz presented the idea of Living Water to the First Baptist Church. Andy was the minister over the benevolence of the church at the time and was concerned that people were going from church-to-church to get the help they needed. The main idea was to open a ministry sponsored by the churches in Borger where people could go to one place to get help. It would be a place where people could be helped with food and clothing and financial help.
Living Water Ministries officially became an organization in September 2002 and has continued to help the citizens of Borger since then.
The building currently used by Living Water was donated by Maxine Stuller. Men from First Baptist Church donated many working hours to bring the building up to standards and get it up and running. Vonna Humphries, the first Executive Director of Living Water. made it possible to help clients with utility and financial needs. When Dru Grogan was the Manager of Living Water, he ordered, organized, and helped teach how to distribute food to clients. Several women started the clothing room ministry by sorting and displaying clothing so people could have a â€śshopping experienceâ€ť when they came.
Soon after its start, other churches became involved with Living Water. The churches which have been involved include First Baptist Church, Keeler Baptist Church, Fairlanes Baptist Church, Cornerstone Church (now Realife Church), Fellowship Baptist Church, Grace Fellowship, Riverview Baptist Church, Bunavista Baptist Church, Faith Covenant, Fortress Baptist Church, Borger Missionary Baptist Church and Celebration Family Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class of First Baptist Stinnett.
Living Water receives some of their funds from United Way for Food Distribution, School Supplies, and Utility Bill Assistance, among other things.
But most importantly, Living Water is powered by its volunteers. It wouldnâ€™t survive without the dozens of volunteers who help with the ministries. Becky Dietz of Living Water Ministries stated that without volunteers, those involved â€śwouldn't have a ministry and wouldn't be able to function.â€ť
She also continued to say that the volunteers help in many ways such as helping bag groceries and delivering them to the cars, sorting clothing and even shopping for clothing. The volunteers put a lot of work into Living Water, around 300 hours a month. So come celebrate not only the existence of Living water, but the people who made it all possible.