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World Water Day and Many Still Thirst

How much is clean water worth to you?   How much would you be willing to give to help one family have clean, filtered water for the rest of their lives?

I recently read of an opportunity being offered by Forward Edge International, an organization that is familiar to me and one whose mission statement I fully support.

 

 

Forward Edge International exists to share Christ’s love with those affected by poverty, disaster and sickness in the U.S. and around the world.

 

Because a special young lady from our church is a missionary in Nicaragua with FEI, and our church has partnered with FEI for youth mission trips, I am sharing their opportunity here.  (Just so you know, Grandma always advises you to do your homework about any charity or organization that is asking for money.  You want to be sure that you are investing in a charity that shares your values and wisely uses the money that you give. I trust FEI in both respects, but you can check them out for yourself here.)

This week leading up to World Water Day, I’ve been getting daily emails from FEI with a daily Water Fact.  I learned that a water crisis exists in our world, and thousands of people are dying each day from diseases that could be prevented by giving these people access to clean water.

The Water Facts weren’t all bad news though.  I’ve just got to share with you what I learned on Tuesday.  In the midst of all of these depressing statistics, here is a statistic that you don’t want to miss……

For $65, you can bring the #1 solution to the #1 problem facing poor families.

Did you catch that?  SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS!!!!!  Why, I’ll bet that many of us spend that much on bottled water, sodas, juices, and other drinks in a month or two.  Forward Edge is giving me the opportunity to help a Nicaraguan family with clean water for the rest of their lives!  A FEI health care team with hand deliver a filter system to a family and train them how to use it.  This one filter will filter harmful bacteria from one million gallons of water.  For $65!  I’m frugal, and some might even describe me as cheap, but that is what I call a deal!

If you’d like to check this out for yourself, here’s the FEI information where you can read all about it.

This water crisis is something that is not going to go away when World Water Day is over, and plenty of other organizations are also doing a lot of work toward making clean water available to all.  I’ve seen and heard of many organizations, both Christian and humanitarian, that are trying to do all they can do to end these needless deaths by bringing clean water where there is none.  I’m not trying to tell you how to spend your money, but I can tell you this, I feel pretty darn happy right now knowing that there will soon be one more family in Nicaragua quenching their thirst with clean, filtered water after today.

On Sunday during church, I copied down these words by Edward Everett Hale which our pastor quoted during his sermon:

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  The something I ought to do, I can do.  And by the grace of God, I will.

If you don’t have $65 to donate today, don’t be discouraged.  I’m sure there is something else you can do to help alleviate suffering in the world.  Be on the lookout for that one thing that you can do today, and by the grace of God, DO IT!

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  1. I love this idea!

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