Water, Water, Everywhere

If you look through the Bible, you’ll find that God has done some amazing stuff with water.

It was there at the beginning of the world.

God used it to save Moses and deliver His people from Egypt. Men like NaamanGideon, and Elijah employed to prove His might.

Jesus walked on it, turned it into wine, used it to teach a Samaritan woman, and–most importantly–to make all things new.

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According to howstuffworks.com, “There are 326 million trillion gallons of water on our planet,” only a fraction of which we can drink. But it’s more than enough to support all living things.

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If you’re like me, you have an endless supply of it in your house to drink, cook with, and bathe in. It keeps your lawn green and your car clean. You play and swim in it. And the only time you even think about it is when it stops working. However, there are billions (yes BILLIONS) of people around the world who don’t have easy access to it and die because they are forced to drink from unsafe sources. According to the World Health Organization, “90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old.”

90% = 27,000 children who won’t get a chance to live full lives because they can’t get to something that God created in abundance.

160x600_jerryIn my mind, that’s inexcusable.

God has blessed us with amazing resources, and we should be putting them to use to help. Isaiah 41:17-18 says, “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none. Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them. I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”

It’s up to us, His people, to be the tools He uses to open those rivers in desolate places and free fountains hidden in the valley. He’s placed it there, and it only takes a little work for us to bless others with fresh water (and to be blessed ourselves in the process).

I discovered all these facts when I read an article by Craig Borlase on his website. In it, he profiles Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity:water. He was a believer who walked away from God for a time but came back to faith. He is now using his talents to bring about positive change. As a photojournalist, “he saw in the stagnant ponds and arduous, dangerous journeys lugging dirty H20 back to the most basic of homes, an issue that was right at the heart of so much suffering: water. Fix that, he realized, and life is almost instantly transformed.”

They’ve created a pretty impressive video that explains all the ways clean water changes lives.

All the research I’ve done revealed  charity:water is a 100% legit operation–totally transparent and above board. When you give, all of your money goes to a project, and you get the chance to see where your donation went. Once the well you helped pay to construct is complete, you receive GPS coordinates and photos from the building site.

2012 was an amazing year for me, one in which I was blessed in so many ways. I have an wonderful family who loves and supports me as well as a kind and godly husband who has cared for me for thirteen years. I go to work every day at a job I love and come home to a beautiful house we just purchased. I have an amazing church family and friends. However, I realize that God didn’t give me these good things just so I could keep them to myself.

To tell you the truth, I’m tired of building bigger barns. I feel like it’s time to love God and love my neighbors on this great big beautiful planet like I love myself.

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One of the ways I want to do this is by donating my birthday to charity:water. I’ve had a lot of awesome birthdays, so it seems only fitting that on my 35th, I help children so they can celebrate beyond their 5th.

Basically, rather than people sending me gifts or cards, taking me out for meals, or spending money on something I don’t really need, I’m asking them to donate that cash to my water campaign. (Though wishing me happy birthday on Facebook is still okay. It’s free after all.) 🙂

You can access my campaign–Aqua Jade–by clicking here.

$20 is enough to help one person gain access to fresh water, and it will change his or her life in ways you never dreamed possible. I’ve already made my donation, and I’m going to keep studying Scripture and blogging about the issue until my birthday on April 21, 2013. If you can, please consider donating….or better yet, start a project of your own!

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“And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”—Matthew 10:42

If you’re interested in donating, starting a project of your own, or telling me about your own experiences with this charity or others that are near and dear to your heart, I would love to hear about it. Share your stories and ideas in the comments section below!

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4 thoughts on “Water, Water, Everywhere

  1. There is a group of people from Jacksonville representing multiple churches that come to Panama many times per year to help with the water issue in the Ngöbe-Buglé comarca. This group of indiginous people don’t want for food, but their kids are sickly because they are drinking contaminated water. So these bunch of guys took it upon themselves to bring water filtration systems to the villages. They are very simple filtration systems, but the ladies in the villages told us that their kids were doing much better and not getting sick as often.

    We should set up a trip for you and Wayne to go out there…you would fall in love with those people!

      1. I hear ya! Wayne would LOVE LOVE LOVE working with Thomas Holden from Jacksonville…he comes to Panama 4 or 5 times per year to work with the Ngobe Bugle and specifically with the Pastor of San Felix who knows what those folks need, etc. Lots of construction to do and things like that! I’m sure Wayne would have a blast!

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