Maybe you already know that today is World Water Day, and maybe this is the first you are hearing of it, but I hope you’ll join me on a little virtual journey to a village in Africa where their awareness of water isn’t limited to a special day, or a few times a year, but every single day. A blessing that is so easy for us to enjoy without any real thought, is the difference between life and death for so much of the world’s population.
If you have read some of my recent blog posts since the holidays or follow me on Facebook you know how my heart beats for this area of need in God’s kingdom. (I can’t thank all of you enough for your support in prayers and donations to help me donate my birthday to clean water last month.) We turned to this scripture in church this morning (Matthew 12:34) and I have been praying all week about what this blog post would look like, and this verse reassured me that whatever words I chose to write would be coming from the full heart I have for the urgent need for clean water – especially as it is directly linked to poverty.
So now let’s take that virtual trip — to Kirinda, Uganda. You can read more about Silvano here — his story is a beautiful example of how our financial support can change the course of lives for the better. And most importantly, how a small portion of our abundant blessings saves lives, sets us on a course to eliminate extreme poverty in our lifetime, and how we answer God’s call with our obedience to care for those with the least.
Look at these statistics of Uganda:
For children like 15 year old Silvano, there is a daily struggle between attending school as a path to trying to make dreams for a prosperous future a reality and standing in long lines to wait for water that will inevitably cause short term and/or long term illnesses that will perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Imagine how different your life would look without a reliable source of clean water. It’s hard, isn’t it? To really fathom life without something we just expect. Just like we expect a chair to support us when we sit or that we’ll wake up tomorrow, we also expect our water to quench our thirst, be refreshing, and most of all be safe.
What if this was in your glass? It’s what Silvano and his village have to drink.
I ask you to join me in prayer, in awareness, and hopefully in finding whatever amount of financial support you can share. The best news is that we can cause change. We can break the cycle. We can prevent needless tragic death. The challenge is to choose to do so. This year for World Water Day, World Help is hoping to raise enough funds to provide this community with a comprehensive, multi-faceted, clean water system that will connect key locations like the school, clinic, church, and market. This will be an answer to prayer for over 2000 people. Check out more info here
I want to leave you with these powerful words from Amy Grant that I came upon in a book I’ve been reading this week.