Steve & Ana McDaniel had the honor of sharing the Living Water story with Cedar Creek Church in Aiken, South Carolina on Sunday, May 21. Steve is the International Director of Living Water Adopt-A-Child (LWAAC), and his wife, Ana, serves as an Executive Committee Board Member.

Steve began his message by acknowledging the many challenges in our world today and the fact that they’ve been exacerbated by COVID-19. He noted that none of these problems are new—they’ve simply been brought to light in the wake of the pandemic. Then he encouraged listeners with this declaration:

“Yes, we have problems. Yes, there is still a pandemic. Yes, there are all of these difficult situations. But I want to remind you that we have an antidote for all of that, and his name is Jesus Christ. He is our living hope.”

Steve went on to share a brief history of the ministry of LWAAC and how he came to be involved. He explained the stark contrast between poverty and opulence in Guatemala and the overwhelming Muslim population in Albania—two reasons why God has called us to minister in these countries.

Shifting to the topic of transitions, Steve spoke on how our ministry overcame the challenges of the pandemic. Just like everyone else, we pivoted. When churches were shut down, we took the church to the people. When we couldn’t serve people in our kitchens, we began delivering food baskets. We identified public schools in strategic areas where we could feed kids and share the gospel.

“If we open our eyes, transitions always provide us with opportunities,” he said.

Steve ended his talk with a reminder that God is with us, no matter where we are or what we’re going through.

“If we were with God before the transition, and we’ll stay with God during the transition, on the integrity of God’s Word, he’ll be with us after the transition.”

We want to extend our most sincere gratitude to Cedar Creek Church for allowing us to share the heart of LWAAC with your faith community! Your support makes it possible for our ministry to serve and share the love of Jesus with “the least of these.”

Watch Steve’s full message: