It’s Blog Action Day, which is a web-wide event in which bloggers and media companies give attention to a significant need in the world. Today is all about water.
Water is everywhere. I live next to the Pacific Ocean, which is one big part of the world covered by water. Sometimes, looking across the surface of the sea, you forget just how precious clean, drinkable water is throughout the world. That’s true in the United States (in places like Las Vegas), but it’s far more pronounced in other places in the world. Did you know that every week, 38,000 children die from unsafe drinking water?
Wars are fought over water. Nations collide over boundaries, wells, and water rights. The most common substance on earth is also the most precious. We need it for crops. We need it for life.
Thankfully, there are people who are doing something about the issue. Two such national charities are charity:water and water.org. But I also have some friends who run a ministry to the people of Haiti. Bill Moore gets his hands dirty with germ-filled water on a regular basis and has devoted himself to providing clean drinking water to the people of the northern mountains of the poorest country in this hemisphere.
Aid For Developing Countries is a ministry that makes regular trips to Haiti to deliver supplies, offer medical care clinics, construct and repair clean wells, and most importantly, offer the gospel – the good news that God loves Haitians and wants to save them for all of eternity.
Jesus said this in Matthew 10:42…
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. (ESV)
I think we should be obedient. Give to a national charity. Give to Aid for Developing Countries. I have a friend who is running in a 5K for water and I gave to him. Take action and give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name!
photo credit: jenny downing