This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to drink more water. I figured it would be an easy and practical way to improve my health, my energy and my overall well-being. Plus, I happen to love water and it’s usually all of maybe five steps to the nearest faucet where I can get as much water as I want. Honestly, I don’t have any excuse not to drink tons of the stuff.
But you know what–for many people all around the world, drinking water isn’t that easy.
According to water.org:
- 3.4 MILLION people die each year from a water-related disease (That’s the size of Los Angeles, for reference)
- 750 MILLION people lack access to clean drinking water (That’s 2.5 times the size of the United States)
- This lack of clean water kills children at a rate of a jumbo jet crashing EVERY FOUR HOURS. (woah)
Here in the United States, we take water for granted. While for much of the rest of the world, millions of children are dying due to the global water crisis.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”
Now, I know it would be really easy to just turn a blind eye and think “Oh, that’s way over on the other side of the world; it doesn’t affect me. That’s sad and all, but that’s their problem, not mine.” But as Christians, we know we are called (and expected) to care for “the least of these.”
“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” –James 2:15-16
Okay, now that you’re feeling convicted 😉 , it’s time for some good news: YOU can make an incredible difference, and doing so is EASY!
*This post is sponsored by Water Missions International. All opinions are my own.
Enter: Water Sunday by Water Missions International
Water Missions International is an interdenominational organization committed to bringing both clean drinking water and the Living Water (the Gospel) to people all over the world who are in desperate need. One of the ways they do this is by hosting Water Sunday once a year. This year, Water Sunday is on Sunday, April 26th.
Water Sunday is a day when churches band together to truly care for “the least of these.” Learn more about this life-changing program here:
Did you catch that statistic? Since Water Missions International got involved, only three children died in the last four years, compared to the six children a month who were dying before. That’s 285 lives saved–just in that one area.
I also love how he said:
“If you participate, if you contribute, you’re not only helping people to get water or to save–you know–physical lives; you are contributing for the Gospel and you are saving lives. Because it’s not only water, but they see Jesus’s love and people will get eternal life.”
What an amazing opportunity not only to help people with their greatest physical need–clean drinking water–but to also help meet their true greatest eternal need: the salvation of their souls!
Ready to Get Involved? Here’s What You Can Do
Water Missions International is challenging churches and individuals to stand up and make a difference. Here’s what you can do:
For one day, one week, one month or now until Water Sunday, give up drinking soda, coffee, juice and energy drinks and switch to water instead. Calculate how much money you save. Donate this money to Water Missions International instead.
Isn’t that easy? You know you shouldn’t be drinking all that soda, coffee and juice anyways. So why not take the money you were spending to harm your health and use it to save the lives of children in desperate need of both clean drinking water and the Gospel? Whether you have $5 to spare or $50 to spare, every little bit helps.
I was personally challenged to take part in this awesome project, and I’m stepping up. Will you?
Visit Watermissions.org to learn more and to take your first step!