Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Living Water



John 7:37-38 (NLT) On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

Imagine your home without plumbing.

Take note of your water usage today.  Each time you turn on a faucet, consider instead, gathering water from your rain barrel.  Cooking and drinking. Washing hands, clothes, and dishes.  Cleaning your teeth, hair, and home.  Caring for pets, plants and the lawn.  Just imagine.

How would you survive the dry season with an empty rain barrel?

Water is life.  When the river is far away, families in rural Cambodia must pay to refill the barrel – money that might otherwise be used for food, medicine or school fees.  If an unexpected expense arises a child might be sold as a ‘housekeeper’ or a teenager might migrate to the city for work, leaving these children alone and vulnerable.

A water pump can keep these families together thereby preventing human trafficking.

Through Jesus’ hands and feet on this earth, ‘rivers of living water’ flow in transformed African villages due to clean water campaigns.  World Hope International hopes to bring this life-changing resource to 5 villages in Cambodia. 

It runs deeper than a pump.  WHI’s Adelphe program forms community cooperatives that launch an income producing venture.  Adelphe staff support the group with business and money management training and ongoing Christian relationship.  Co-op members motivate and support each other.

The water pump is the first step in lifting these families out of poverty.  This goodwill measure immediately improves their condition and opens the door for a trusting long term relationship. 

I hope to collect $1400 for one water pump by March 21st, the first day of spring.  I already have $250 toward this goal.  If you’d like to help, please send me a check (made out to World Hope) or donate online.  Be sure to write Adelphe Water Pump in the comment portion of your donation.  Thank you!

Like a productive garden, a rich relationship should be tended regularly.  To be reminded to plant His Word in your heart, follow me on Twitter @Cathy_Chung or subscribe at Seeds of Scripture.

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2 comments:

  1. thank you for the reminder that water is so very precious. I try to tell my son that when he leaves the faucet on. Praying that you make your goal

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    1. It's just that we take it for granted when others don't have the luxury of water on demand. Yes we should conserve. But how 'bout if we prayed for those who don't have water every time we use some ourselves. We'd be praying a lot!

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