Makeover Show Rewards Deserving Missionaries

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About a year ago, Joe and Cindy Hurston returned from a missionary trip only to find their home flooded because of a broken pipe.

Unable to make repairs, the Hurstons were forced to live in a small camper for six months. But that didn't stop their ministry and service to others.

The couple's personal problems were quickly overshadowed by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The Hurstons made the choice to forego their own needs to help those affected by the quake.

"This is the most devastating disaster we've ever seen. And we could do something about it. We speak the language, we know the route," Joe Hurston explained. "So we focused everything we had to try to help the people in Haiti."

"And what carried us through was really keeping our mind and our heart set on hearing Jesus say, 'I was thirsty and you gave me to drink,'" Cindy Hurston added.

Bringing water to disaster victims in Haiti and around the world has been their mission for the past six years.

"Water is heavy. I fly a little airplane so I couldn't carry very much water, couldn't do much good," Joe explained. "But one day I encountered a remarkable inventor and a dear friend of mine who invented an incredible technology that we have since developed and built into a very powerful, portable water purification system."

The unit can produce up to 25 gallons of pure water an hour. So far, Hurston has placed more than 700 of the water purification systems in 38 countries.

Deserving Recipients

That life-saving work is the reason ABC's Extreme Home Makeover -- along with 3,000 volunteers -- decided to build the Hurston's a brand new home. They tore down the old house and built them a new one, working around the clock for six days straight.

The show also updated navigational instruments on the air mobile ministry plane, convinced Bank of America to provide a $100,000 grant for the Hurstons' work, and found full college scholarships for their three children, two of whom were adopted from Haiti.

"The outpouring of love and cooperation that we have had has been staggering," Joe said.

"It's more than just the material belongings we were given. It is just an incredible force of love, which is empowering us to get back out there on the mission field and share water and share the love of Christ with others,' Cindy added.

The exposure for the Hurstons and their ministry is opening many new opportunities. They said it reminds them of a Bible promise.

"I'd like people to know that the Lord is watching them. He sees all the hard work," Cindy said. "He wants to remind us to not grow weary in doing good because He's got a harvest for us in the right time."

*Original broadcast March 4, 2011.

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