According to Richard Stearns president of World Vision U.S. in his best selling book 'The Hole In Our Gospel: What does God expect of us? ' he states,
"As many as 5 million people die every year of water-related illnesses. A child dies every fifteen seconds of a waterborne disease. This creates a no-win situation for millions of parents in our world today---they can watch helplessly as their children die for lack of water, or they can watch them die from diarrhea, because the only water they have is tainted." (pg. 137-138)This aspect of people needing water has been on my mind for some time (especially after reading Stearns book) it's devastating to know that I can get clean water anytime I want without even thinking of it twice.
In our house we normally always have bottled waters around, filtered water, etc. For what ever reason I realized that we had run out, so I simply began drinking water straight from our sink. In just about an hour I began feeling sick to my stomach and ended up in the bathroom for some time...you get the picture! I though was able to solve my problem easy...millions cannot!
Stearns also points out something many of us perhaps don't think of. Along with a lack of clean water women and children spend hours simply trying to get water.
"...women and children in developing countries invest two hundred million hours a day fetching water. That's equal to a full-time workforce of twenty-five million people fetching water eight hours a day, seven days a week!"(pg. 138)So I think you get the picture, it's a heart wrenching picture. BUT we can do something about it. In my last post I told you that, "God wants more out of all our lives!" Before that post in "My time in Atlanta..." I mentioned how wonderful it was to see Young adults serve the community in Atlanta.
With that said I truly feel that we could do something even if it's something comparatively small to the tsunami water crises. I have teamed up with Mycharity: water to begin a campaign to raise $5,000 to have a water well built in an area in which it is needed. PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP! 100% of all donations goes for this cause! Take a few minutes and check out my campaign website and please, please prayerfully consider giving and spreading this website to all your friends and family.
Here is the page URL: www.mycharitywater.org/bathosdeeper
Please send this link to everyone you know, we are trying to raise $5,000 in 90 days, check out the site and a beautiful part of this is that once the well is up we will be able to see it, according to the mycharity:water website.
We can't do everything but we can do something! Friends/family lets do this!
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