Why are we as Americans so numb? We see ads on TV and get pamphlets in the mail showing fly covered children living in filth, drinking the equivalent of sewer water, and it does nothing to us.
We change the channel. We wait for our show to come back on. We throw away the ‘junk mail’. Have you ever really stopped to think about these people far away? The lives they lead? Their day to day duties? Take a minute to really envision what just one aspect of their lives are like…water. We take water for granted. Clean, safe water is a basic necessity for life that 1.1 billion people on Earth don’t have access to. That’s 1 out of every 6 people!
I’ve never gone to the faucet and worried that clean water wouldn’t come out. We drink bottled water, purchase special filters to flavor water, fill swimming pools with it, spray our lawns with it, etc. And there are people out there…children…who trek miles and miles each day in Africa to gather water – dirty, leech inhabited, worm infested, muddy water – to bring back to their families.
This water is used to drink and cook and clean with…all the while it is making them sick. Not just sick, it is killing them…80% of all disease in the world is caused by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation. But, get this…we can make a difference! This week several members of Liquid Church from Morristown, NJ attended Brand New Church. Their Lead Pastor, Tim Lucas, brought a message of hope for those people who don’t have clean water, and threw down a challenge for those of us who do. $20 can provide a single person with access to safe, clean water for 20 years. 20 years!
That just blows my mind… How many of us blow that on eating out, renting movies, a new t-shirt, etc.? Anyways, back on focus. Liquid Church began a mission ‘Dirty Water’, and the concept is simple. Help provide clean water to some of the world’s poorest people by donating to ‘Dirty Water’. 100% of donations go to providing materials to build clean water wells in their villages. The challenge is: Drink only water until Christmas, and save the money you would have spent on coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, etc. and donate it to this amazing cause. If you don’t want to give up your treats, then think about matching what you spend to help those less fortunate this time of year.
My 9 year old daughter is accepting this challenge in her own way. She is taking a large chunk of the money she’s saved to purchase Christmas presents for her friends, and is instead donating it. She even asked this morning if she could give the money she received from the Tooth Fairy last night to help the kids in Africa.
That’s powerful. For more information on ‘Dirty Water’ or to donate click the picture below.
Don’t forget to keep these people in your prayers, and please help me spread the word by referring your friends to either this post or directly to LiquidWater.com.