It’s a hot day and you just cut the grass.
You’ve just run a 5k and are exhausted.
You’re trying to lose weight.
You’re too cheap to pay for a drink at the restaurant.
Maybe you are just thirsty.
What do you reach for? A glass of water. For those of us in this country, that’s as simple as turning on the tap or going to our refrigerator. Or stopping at a convenience store. Or the water fountain at the gym.
But for nearly a billion people this just isn’t possible. Their water is deadly. It’s polluted, dirty, and full of bacteria that can and does kill. In fact, according to Water Missions International,
This crisis steals the lives of 5,500 people each day – more than war, natural disasters, AIDS or hunger. This crisis rarely makes the headlines. It is today’s silent killer.
Take a minute and read the statistics on the global water crisis. It’s alarming. As a mother, I think of the million+ children that die yearly because of water sanitation issues. The chore of collecting even the dirtiest of water is also a leading cause of a lack of education and poverty in many of these communities. Clean water not only nourishes the body and prevents disease, but it improves the lives of children and women around the world. Time can be spent in school learning instead of collecting water. Jobs can be taken to improve economic conditions instead of spending up to six hours collecting and transporting putrid water. Clean water is a winning solution for many problems! The video below is from the field – and shows how the death rate plummets and economic problems are reversed. Take a few minutes to watch it.
But you can do something about this crisis. It’s easy. In fact, for my local readers, it’s super easy – Water Missions International is based in Charleston! You can visit the facilities, you can donate through their website (locals with Charleston Public Works can donate through their water bills, I believe), or you can get your church involved in Water Sunday (or other times as well).
Churches around the city, and even the country, are joining together over this Lenten season to raise money for Water Missions International. This all culminates on Water Sunday, which is April 26th. Water Sunday benefits Water Missions International as they implement safe water projects in these countries: Haiti, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, Peru, Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Indonesia.
I’ve got a water bottle given out by a church plant in Summerville, and we’re filling it up with loose change and money. If you all took a water bottle and did that over the next two months, put together we could raise a tremendous amount of money to provide equipment, training, and more to provide clean water.
Providing the most basic of needs is the first step in mission. Knocking on a door or walking into a village empty handed – who cares? But providing water… Coming into a community and saying, “Hey, we don’t know you, but we care about you.” Now that’s the gospel in action. That’s the Good News. That’s the Jesus thing to do because that’s love. Love God, Love Others. And this is a great way to reach across the world from where you are sitting reading this and provide physical needs and maybe spiritual needs, as well. Jesus is called the Living Water, no?
How One Church Feels that the Water Crisis is a Missional Opportunity – Read this – It’s a great example of how even one church can make a huge difference.
Take the challenge. Collect that change. If your church isn’t participating, get with me. I’ll take my water bottle along with yours and turn it in on Water Sunday. Seriously – contact me here or Facebook or Twitter or Email or Text. Just contact me. Get your kids involved. Kids love spare change! Kids love mission. It’s real and tangible and is a great way to teach them ministry. Poke around Water Mission’s website and read about all the awesome things they do. Maybe even volunteer at their headquarters. But just Do Something.