Holy Week & World Water Day

Holy Week continues as we focus on the world’s greatest needs. Jesus brings His full life into this world He created to make it whole. His salvation is complete, and eternal life is what he offers — by the bucket-loads!

There’s often a distinction made between heavenly work and earthly work, with the thought that heavenly work is eternal and earthly work won’t last. Well, if we care about PEOPLE, our earthly work does matter, for every person was created to live forever. Jesus put it this way — there are two great commandments: you shall love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength; and the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus helps us see that caring for others is a way to love God and worship Him.

So this Holy Week, and on this special day, let us consider the needs of the world. It’s World Water Day, where we shine a little on the 700+ million people who lack access to clean water. We’re not talking about lacking running water. We’re talking about clean water, as now they only have unclean, unsafe water.

On Saturday about fifty of us walked-and-ran together, many of us further than we had in a long time. The soreness continues. (Globally more than 7,000 participated, and the donations are still coming in.)
Renew OC 6K for Water
As a team we raised $5,820 which means collectively we provided life-changing water for life for 116 kids in East Africa!
6K for Water
The whole 6K for Water effort combined to provide water for more than 8,000 in total. That’s huge!

Water for 8,000 people!

For nearly a billion of people a glass of water (however unclean) means miles of walking. That reality is changing for so many. You’ll relish revisiting Violet’s story and the hope and joy which came to her village and century-old family with new water.

Amidst the news cycle of a bombing in Brussels, a genuine tragedy, it’s easy to forget that today is World Water Day. While we can turn on any tap and fill a cup to sip while reading the day’s news, each and every day the thirst for water is real for 663 million people. That’s a daily tragedy, and it can be avoided! So today, and every March 22nd is a reminder for us to remember communities of faithful, resourceful people who rely on our support for the most basic of needs: CLEAN WATER!

Let’s keep working to make a difference in the lives of the 663 million people around the world who don’t have access to clean water.

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The impact of clean water cannot be overestimated. There are numerous organizations working to eradicate the global water crisis in the next decade and a half. World Vision is the one we’ve chosen to partner with.

World Vision works with local communities, and IN those communities especially, but also employs top nationals in their ares of expertise: engineering, sanitation, nutrition, teaching and community development. The global WASH initiative is part of the instruction: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Water unlocks so much potential for good!

Think of us providing water for 100+ kids, which was our goal (and that’s tremendous). That changes the future for every one of those kids! Actually 116 kids!

We’re like a small community well in the center of a village, ready to be accessed and enjoyed!
But there are lots of other types of projects; in some places the ground is contaminated, such as with limestone, so drilling a well won’t suffice. World Vision water projects include other creative ways:
  • pipelines
  • wells
  • solar-powered pumps
  • treatment facilities
  • roof-top systems and rain-catchment systems for the rainy seasons
  • dams of reservoirs
  • capping springs and sharing that safe water
  • hand-powered water pumps
  • filtration stations
  • One particular project in Kenya is a 50-mile long pipeline that brings water to 70,000 people!

Happy World Water Day!

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Anyone may add their email to the mailing list here to be notified about next year’s Global 6K for Water.

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