Sunday, February 22, 2015

Come walk with me

Occasionally I volunteer at some events in our area and a really special thing happened last night. We had a table full of kids waiting for sponsors and a young girl approached the table pointed at the children on the table and in a quiet voice said, "This was me, I was one of these". She had mentioned that she was a sponsored child with World Vision and later was adopted. She said her family still is very involved with World Vision.

I asked her would you walk with me? I wanted her to visit the other table were some leaders were and tell her story. On the way I told her how encouraging it is for us to meet her, a sponsored child, maybe sponsored at an event like this from our area.

I mentioned how wonderful to hear her story from her perspective and it was truly a blessing to the workers, volunteers and artists that were working so hard for kids like her. And her story may help another child have the same chance.

What a wonderful gift to me to see this sweet girl walking with me in the faces of all children in the picture folders on the tables at the events.

Divine appointment?
Maybe, but so encouraging anyways! :)

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
 James 1-27

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:18 
 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Clean water and the #WaterEffect  

With so many bad stories in the news it is hard to think that there is still good in the world, people that truly want to make a change for good. Not to glorify themselves but to glorify God. I have seen laws change, people running marathons, and all kinds of fundraising all for clean water. Clean water changes lives. Many diseases can be linked to dirty water. Children spend their time fetching water instead of going to school, so the poverty cycle goes on... I am so encouraged by the steps that World Vision is taking to reach the most hard-pressed areas for clean water.

World Vision is the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, reaching one new
person with clean water every 30 seconds.

Water transforms a life.
When you give clean water, you set off a chain reaction for good.
 Children are freed from deadly water related diseases.
 People become healthier and more productive. Girls get to go to school rather than
trek long distances to gather filthy water.
 Less money is spent on medicine, which means more savings and more
investment in things like education.
 With better health and more time, parents can start small businesses creating more jobs.

 The water effect is an outward spiral that positively transforms the entire community.
And World Vision is there to support these solutions with programs that go well beyond water into every other aspect of human life physical, emotional, and spiritual.
That’s because we believe clean water and the love of Jesus are crucial elements
in a full solution to poverty.
A solution that includes food, education, healthcare, and more.
The water effect opens the door to a full life,
the kind of life God intends.
 Just add water.
Change a life.

• Every day, nearly 1,600 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
• About every minute, a child under 5 dies as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation,and improper hygiene.
• Globally, 1 in 9 people lack access to clean water.
• Worldwide, 748 million people lack access to clean water.
• Women and children in sub-Saharan Africa spend 20 million hours collecting water each day.
 Eighty percent of World Vision water wells remain operational up to 20 years after they are built,much higher than industry standard, largely because of World Vision’s community based model that gives local people ownership and training in maintenance of water points.
What will you do?