The next time you walk to your kitchen and turn on your sink to fill up a glass of water I want you to do a couple of things.
First- drink and enjoy it. Enjoy the wonderful nectar of life, let it satisfy your thirst and sustain you.
Then- when you’re done, I want you to think of one billion people around the world, who have no access to clean water, or the ability to a basic necessity of life at their disposal, for maybe their entire life.
Recently yesterday I was at church, I had attended in hopes of doing my spiritual duty for the week expecting to make a clean entrance and exit, not expecting to be convicted. As I sat there counting down the minutes to punching my spiritual time card, a young man about my age (23) got up on stage and shared something that was on his heart. He was talking about a movement he had started after visiting a third world country in which people didn’t have clean drinking water. Then he shared startling statistics.
- The lack of clean drinking water is the number one cause of death in the world, more than war, aids and famine combined.
- Nearly one billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water (about one seventh of the world’s population)
- 84% of the 9,800 deaths a day as a result of the lack of clean drinking water, are children under the age of 14
- The list goes on, but I think you might get the picture.
As I sat there and listened to what this young man had to say, it hit me in the face like a ton of bricks. So I decided to jump on board in what ever way I could. I love to write, I love being in-front of camera. So I decided to start my own fundraiser and raise 1000 dollars to help make wells and give clean water to those who have none. But honestly to do this, I need your help.
I am not going to spend paragraph to try and guilt you about you not doing your part, or trying to convince you why you should give. You know why. I just want to remind you of one thing.
“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
So, I would absolutely love it if you would help me give a cup of cold water to Jesus, by giving it to someone who might never have it if it wasn’t for you.
Then get involved and share this post with your friends and family and lets change the world one cup of water at a time.
-Nathan John Clarkson