A three-day medical clinic in Guatemala, organized by Living Water Teaching in 1998 to provide free services and to share the love of Jesus, resulted in seven thousand people receiving medical care and fifteen hundred giving their lives to Christ. Living Water founders Jim and Marion Zirkle were inspired by the clinic’s success—and had no idea that this would be their last time serving Christ together.
On the fourth and final flight out, the plane transporting eighteen Living Water staff and volunteers from the medical clinic crashed in the mountains of Guatemala. Eleven died, including Marion’s husband, son, and son-in-law. Unimaginable grief and dark days followed for Marion, but God’s grace enabled her to put one foot in front of the other.
With grit and grace, Devastation in Mountain Measure chronicles Marion’s redemptive story—from her calling to be a missionary at age fifteen, through the founding of Living Water Teaching, to her reliance on God to continue her calling after the death of her family members and the loss of her partner in love, life, and ministry.
Marion Wright founded Living Water Teaching in Guatemala in 1979, along with her husband Jim Zirkle. She stepped into the primary leadership position in 1998, after Jim’s death, and manages the organization’s massive outreach to eleven countries, with ministries including evangelistic campaigns, medical clinics, an orphanage, and a Bible school with forty-five thousand graduates. Marion has two grown daughters, a son who lives in heaven, fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She has been married to Clarence Wright since 2003, and together they are passionate about the ministry of Living Water Teaching and the people of Guatemala.