Last month our Wells Project student leaders from colleges across the country convened to brainstorm awesomeness—how to be evenmore effective advocates for the thirsty on campuses and in their entire communities. We're excited (and so grateful!) to report that these movers-and-shakers are getting noticed. World changers have a tendancy of doing just that. Pure Charity thinks so, too, and named our peeps their January Change Catalysts.
Don Jacobs, pastor of West Seattle Christian Church, begins the H2O Project tomorrow with his congregation. On his blog he pondered the meaning of "good news" in context—how do we translate the good news of the gospel into the hearts of people we serve? We extend Christ's living water and the clean water that meets physical needs. Living Water partners with churches to see both come to fruition—we're so grateful to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
It's time to celebrate! Together, you helped us make 2012 a year of life change. Read more to see the 10 milestones—global progress, emergency response, awesome advocates—that we find especially excellent. Somersaults and cartwheels encouraged.
Five years ago, Pastor Justin and Virginia Kim of New Life Fellowship learned of the water crisis from a member of their church. As their congregation grew, they wanted their impact on the world to do the same. Now Justin and Virginia are taking the cause of clean water personally. In June they'll run the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll half marathon with Team Living Water, enduring so the thirsty don't have to.
As a barista in her church's cafe, Jenica first heard of Living Water through the tip jar. The cafe donated the contributions toward ending the water crisis! Since then she's teamed up with other college students raising awareness about the cause of clean water through The Wells Project. And now she's gearing up for her first Team Living Water run, Colorado's Bolder Boulder in May.
In early February a 12-person team from Triumph Bancorp in Dallas traveled to the Salvadoran village of El Castaño to drill a well with us as their corporate team building exercise! How cool that a company would use this opportunity to not only draw their hearts closer together as co-workers, but that they would do so as co-laborers with the work God's doing for the thirsty. We're grateful for their presence with our program staff and wanted to share what they'll remember forever. They are first-hand testimonies to the demonstration of God's love. We're inspired.
Annie (new to our staff!) studies Spanish at the University of Houston with a heart that beats for Nicaragua. Read how she experienced God’s presence on a recent well-drilling trip with Houston Baptist University.
It's easy to lose hope in Haiti. Our friend Jean Pierre fights the cycle of poverty every day in Terre Noire. Jean Pierre dreams of one day having a better school and a closer hospital. He hopes his four children can become engineers, farmers or doctors. But without first gaining access to a source of safe water, he lives without hope.
In Asephie Pierre's village, Terre Noire, animals defecate in the river where she and her family collect their drinking water. Would you let your family drink water containing animal waste? Mothers like Asephie have no choice in Haiti. No water, no hope—yet!