Are we thankful, truly thankful, for our water?
What on earth would we do without clean water? We take this most precious of resources for granted in our country.
Thirsty? Just look for the nearest drinking fountain, faucet, or store, and you can have good fresh water. Rarely do you need to even give the quality and safety of that water a second thought. No problem. No worries. No big deal. What if a drink of water weren’t so readily available?
Every time I take a shower, I thank God for the hot, running water. Living with a well in a rural area, if the power goes out, the water goes, too. Wow, does that make me thankful when it becomes available again! What if there were no hot, clean showers?
My dogs are crazy about water. They drink gallons of the stuff. One loves to play in it, and the other is just sure it will kill her if it touches her. I bathed her the other day, and she was all paws, stretching out and flailing- anything to stay out of that bucket of deadly water! What if there wasn’t an easy way to water your animals?
But what if? What if, instead of living in this country, you lived in a small village in Africa or Asia, and instead of having steady, safe sources of water, plentiful and in abundance, you had to walk for miles to find water, and even then that water was not necessarily safe or clean? What if you had never known any other water than the muddy, stinky variety flowing in the nearby river? Or, perhaps you had clear water, but it was still filled with deadly bacteria? What then?
Consider these facts:
*780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
*3.41 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes each year.
*The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
Wouldn’t a lack of good, safe water make life so much harder than you or I could ever imagine? I mean, I cannot truly imagine this. We are so blessed! With water. With food. With money. With things.
What if there was a simple way to help? There is, through Gospel For Asia.
“For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” ~ Mark 9:41
BioSand filters are an inexpensive way to clean water, right on the spot, for just $30.
Jesus Wells provide a good, clean water source for the entire village for $1000. Consider raising funds with a group or club, or your extended family, to help purchase one…could be fun!
Best of all, people will be given life through clean water, and introduced to the Giver of life, Who is our Source of living water!
“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ She said to Him, ‘Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water?’… Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.'” ~ John 4:10-11, 13-14
How perfect is that? “A well of water springing up to eternal life” ~ the ultimate “Jesus Well”! 🙂
And, as always, child sponsorship is on my heart. If you feel so led, click here to help change a kiddo’s life!
*For more information about the world’s water, go to water.org.