Walk for Water

Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm grateful for opportunities to put my money where my mouth is. Or at least, put a water bottle full of change and my walking shoes where my mouth is.

See, about a year ago, I felt like I wasn't doing enough. I needed some volunteer activities. And then, avalanche! (Funny how that works.) One of the things I said "yes" to was being on my kids' preschool parent board. Then I also said "yes" to leading the school's mission committee. We've done some cute and meaningful projects this year, but by far our biggest and most exciting one will happen on Saturday: We will participate in Water Mission International's Walk for Water.


I cannot take credit for this, not by a long shot. A blessing named Lindsey has taken the lead, getting our entire church involved. Lessons about clean water, and the lack of it around the world, are being taught in Sunday School, at the preschool, and in homes. Kids are filling up empty water bottles with coins each time they wash their hands, brush their teeth, or otherwise use clean water, so that we can make a donation to Water Missions International, for work like this:


Children (and their families) are becoming aware of the larger world, and just how fortunate we are here.


(All images from www.watermissions.org)

On Saturday, our group will meet hundreds of others in Cannon Park in Charleston, to experience a "walk for water." Nothing like what millions in this world go through on a daily basis, to be sure, but we will travel about 3 miles, with the option of carrying a bucket of water the entire way. Signs may greet us, "Oops! Your sister bumped into you and you spilled. Go back and start over."

To get more dirty water.

Eye opening.

It will also be a family-friendly celebration. Jump castles, music, and food at the end. Strollers, pets, wagons - all welcome.

I am extremely honored and grateful to be a part of this. I wanted to "do" something, and this feels like doing something. It wasn't my idea, I haven't been in charge, but I sure have been happy to participate. Love how God works things out like that!

Have you participated in the Walk for Water before? What was it like?
Has God ever answered your desire to "do something" with something bigger than you imagined?
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If you live around Charleston, go here to register for the Walk.

Go here to register for TEAM MPPC!

And hey, if you're just feeling generous, go here to make a general donation.
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Water Missions International is a Christian organization providing access to safe water and an opportunity to demonstrate our Christian faith to people in need throughout the world. Learn more and read their entire Statement of Faith here.


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9 Responses to “Walk for Water”

  1. We will see both of y'all there. We did this last year and it was AWESOME! Incredible day and sobering....

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  2. Hi there!
    I am new to your blog ~ very inspiring!
    I had not heard of this ministry. It would be a great eye opener for my kids!
    Thanks!

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  3. This is fabulous. If I was anywhere near Charleston (I really want to visit), I would love to help out. I'm so glad you shared this!

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  4. This is amazing! We are so blessed to have water. What a wonderful event!

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  5. This is such a great idea! What an eye opener to something we take so for granted. Our youth here just had a concert to raise money for water wells in Africa. Such a great need.

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  6. I wish I was just a tad closer (Charleston isn't so, so far!) I'd love to walk with you. You should take pics and let us know how it goes.

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  7. I wish I was just a tad closer (Charleston isn't so, so far!) I'd love to walk with you. You should take pics and let us know how it goes.

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  8. This is amazing! We are so blessed to have water. What a wonderful event!

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