Posts Tagged ‘Clean Water’

What Makes You Scream?

What are the things that you see in the world that make you so mad that you could scream?  What are the issues that come up that you would like to help with?  Human Trafficking, Clean Water, Refugees, Hunger, Poverty?  Each of these issues drive people crazy.  Sometimes crazy enough to actually do something about them…

screamThis is where you come in.  Check out iwillscreamforyou.com and upload your scream picture.  When you upload your picture you will chose which cause you are screaming for.  As needs arise around the cause that you are screaming for you will be connected with ways to help.  Global Benefit are the masterminds behind this movement.

Global Benefit was founded on the idea that there is something that you can do in your town, with your friends, or at your job or campus that will overcome the suffering and hopelessness found in places of extreme poverty or natural disaster. And it’s not hard! Just take what you already know how to do, and do it with a purpose.

So start out now.  Go to iwillscreamforyou.com and upload your scream.  Then share the site with friends, who will share the site with their friends.  As needs are identified you will be contacted with ways to help.  You can make a difference in this world.  You CAN do it.

You + Action = Change

40 Days of Water Wrap-up

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Last night ended my 40 Days of Water journey.  I have tallied up my journal that I have kept and am completely amazed at how much I have raised by not purchasing coffee, soda, juice and other beverages for 40 days.  The hardest part of this journey was the first 10 days as I was coming off of the caffeine that I would normally ingest in my first two cups of coffee each morning.

As the 40 days went on I began to connect with others who were inspired to look for simple ways to help others.  The barista at Starbucks who rang up my purchase of water and a banana every Tuesday morning as I journal there, has begun to help collect food for the local food pantry to help families in need of nutritious meals.  

For me, going these past 40 days with only water for a beverage has been great to help me see that when I put my mind to something I can make it happen.  There were mornings where I was tempted to cheat but I was able to overcome the temptation.  I kept a picture in my Bible of a small child from Rwanda that has to go without access to clean water every day and that was a constant reminder of the impact my sacrifice can make.

So, the check has been written to Blood:Water Mission for $125.25 and now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to help myself to a HUGE cup of Pike’s Place Roast!

Join Me for 40 Days of Water

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Today marks the start of the 40 Days of Water.  Water will be my only beverage for the next 40 days with the goal being to raise money that I would have spent on juice and coffee to drill clean water wells in Africa.  I’m joining forces with many people from all over the world that are collaborating with Blood:Water Mission to make it possible for others to have access to life giving, clean water.

Want to join me?  It’s easy!  Keep track of the money that you would have spent for the next 40 days on coffee, soda, juice, beer, wine, whatever and total it all up on April 9th.  That is the day that this all wraps up.  Then write a check for what you would have spent on those beverages and send it to Blood:Water Mission.  

You too, can play a vital role in helping many others gain the ability to have clean water.  So are you up for it?

Merry Christmas

This morning was different.  This morning the kids woke up and then woke me up (Kim was already downstairs getting dinner ready).  We sat around the tree and opened up a few small presents.  The onslaught of wrapping paper was minimal this year.  Part of the morning was a disappointment because the excitement of ripping into presents was short lived.  

I think this post is more for me today.  I feel like I needed to view this video and see the faces of those who have been blessed by my sacrifice (and the sacrifice of many others) again to recalibrate my thinking and gain the right perspective once again.  I am thankful that we don’t have credit card debt going into the new year because of excessive spending on gifts.  I am thankful that this year we were able to be generous to many others in our giving.  I am thankful that my family has a greater perspective on the world around us.  I am also thankful that there are many families in Rwanda that have and will continue to have access to fresh, safe, clean water.

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I pray that each of you have a fantastic day, whether you are at home, traveling to see family or serving in a shelter or soup kitchen.  Merry Christmas to you all.  I also pray that each of you have found new ways to creatively meet the needs of others around you.  May this Christmas be a season that is less about blessing yourself and more about how you can be a blessing to those who have so little.

Rwanda Wells

I’ve had a few of these pictures in my sidebar for about a week now.  This is the first well that the youth of NNE4 & Impact have raised money to drill.  I am still amazed at the passion with which the youth have in making wells happen.  Week after week we have seen young people give sacrificially in order to provide clean, safe drinking water for the people of Rwanda.

I had the opportunity to sit with Pastor Augustine on Friday.  Augustine is in the states for a month on rest.  As he sat in my office he asked about the well project and how it all came about.  As I shared with him that I had not raised the $10,000.00 needed to drill the first well (our goal is 200 wells throughout Rwanda) but that it was the youth he saw pictured on my office wall he was moved to tears.  I can’t even begin to share how much he was blessed to hear of young people from New Hampshire who have never met him or the people from the village of Nyarukurazo giving so much so that they could have water that would no longer lead to sickness and death.

Our relationship with Pastor Augustine goes back about 7 years when he came to New Hampshire and met with several area pastors.  While he was here he needed a place to stay.  Enter the Smyth family.  Richard and Robin Smyth and their four children opened their home to Pastor Augustine and fell in love with him.  As their relationship grew the Smyth’s made plans to visit Augustine in Rwanda.  After spending some time in Rwanda the Smyth’s could not escape the burden they felt for the people of Rwanda.  For the past 3 years the Smyth’s have been full time missionaries to the people of Rwanda.  

It is encouraging to hear month after month from Richard as he shares stories in his newsletter about their adventures in serving the street boys, helping in the orphanages, and reaching the people of Rwanda with the love of Jesus.  As I sat with Augustine I was reminded that we began our quest to drill wells last summer when we had the chance to talk with the Smyth kid’s at our summer camp.  What began as a conversation has now turned into a movement that is engaging more and more students.  It all began with the Smyth’s opening their home to Augustine while he needed a place to stay.  Now they are living in his country serving his people and we have found a way to continue blessing the people of Rwanda out of the blessing that we have.

May this serve as a reminder that God can work through anyone and every situation.  When you open your home to someone in need it may lead to a life changing move across the world.  When you share a conversation and hear of a dramatic need you may end up doing whatever you can to drill wells in a foreign land.  May you make the most of every opportunity!

Bow Memorial School Walk-A-Thon

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking to the students over at Bow Memorial School.  The students at BMS do a walk-a-thon every year and thanks to one particular student, who attends Impact and believes that he CAN change the world, Rwanda Clean Water was the global beneficiary of the walk-a-thon.  I was able to speak to the students about the urgent need to get wells drilled in Rwanda.  Here are some stats:

  • Of all the renewable water available in Africa each year, only 4% is used – because most Africans lack needed wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs and other irrigation systems
  • In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children worldwide than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II
  • Twelve million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 3 million who die from waterborne diseases
  • Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation

By drilling clean water wells in Rwanda we can change that.  BMS students played an incredible role in making it possible to drill a well.  The students at BMS raised $5,000.00 through their efforts in the annual walk-a-thon!  I am amazed and in awe of what young people can do when they catch the life saving vision of providing clean water wells for people in Rwanda.

Each clean water well that is drilled costs $10,000.00 – we are half-way to drilling well #2.  Only 198 wells left to drill.  What part can you play in making it possible?