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.
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.
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.
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.
The village of La Planta is a rather poor community of 46 families outside of Acajutla, El Salvador. Most of the community has steady employment only a few months out of the year. On most days you are likely to find Lucia on buses, selling fruits and vegetables to earn a modest income. But ask any of the 178 people of her community—a few years ago, Lucia became their leader. La Planta had been without leadership for too long, and problems were only growing. So she “took initiative” to make a difference in her community.