We Walked

Monday, March 21, 2011

{Last week, I wrote about my positive experience in looking for a volunteer opportunity, and finding it with my kids' preschool and our church. We chose Water Missions International's Walk for Water as a mission project, and as you will see, it turned out great.}

We distributed donated water bottles, with these stickers:


We sent them home with children, and we set an ambitious goal of raising $3,000. The children came back with this,
and more. We raised over $4,000 for Water Missions International, and it is still coming. The grand total is days away.

We encouraged folks to come out and walk, to register the whole family. We gathered for a photo,
and couldn't find a lens wide enough to capture us all. We discovered others there, more and more. We received the award for the largest group of walkers.

This was our first year participating.

We heard news, direct from Kenya, about water systems being provided to a school for blind children.
Blind children who could not walk miles to fetch their own dirty water; they now have clean water.

We prayed.

And then, we walked.

We picked up an empty bucket,
and we carried it for about three miles, the distance of the average water walk.

Along the way, we saw Scouts holding signs like this:
There were other signs, "Watch out for kidnappers," and "Swampy area - look out for snakes and crocodiles."

We walked along a beautiful route, on a beautiful day,
with strollers, snacks, drinks, police escorts, and friendly faces. We wore comfortable shoes, wick-away fabric, and hats. We considered the irony, the dramatically different circumstances.

At the end of that road, we filled out buckets with dirty water, and we walked back. We were led by the husband and wife team who founded Water Missions International,

and this man from Kenya.

They led us to the finish line, where we poured our dirty water into a pool. It went through the Living Water Treatment System, and came out clean. The water was transformed, and so were we.

We asked, and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of children. We hoped, and we couldn't believe the number of people who showed up. We walked, and the journey moved us. We were humbled, awed, and inspired.

We walked for water, and we were nourished.

To see more photos from the event, go here. All of this coincides with the U.N.'s World Water Day, which is tomorrow, March 22nd. Click here to learn more.

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14 Responses to “We Walked”

  1. This is A-MAZ-ING, Courtney!! Congratulations!

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  2. Excellent! What a meaningful day! :)

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  3. Courtney,
    Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures. I'm always so inspired when I see families serving together. I especially liked the idea of holding the empty buckets while you walked.

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  4. Wow. This is so amazing! Such a powerful story.....I cannot even imagine the change you made that day. So many hearts different from a walk... He is so good!

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  5. I love the way you share a story. Sign me up.

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  6. They way you told this story not only gave me chills for the practical, tangible effects of what you have done, but also the spiritual implications for us all.

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  7. This is so cool! Living water!!!!

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  8. Wonderful and encouraging! There is a ministry in Kenya called Real 4 Christ and I love being a part of the work they are doing there. I believe it is as good for us and it is for the ones we give to!

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  9. This is amazing! What a wonderful thing to be able to be involved in. Thanks for sharing it so beautifully!

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  10. This is so visual . . . I love that. We don't all get to go to a village that doesn't have water and this is just a little taste. Especially for kids . . . they won't forget this.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. my heart is heavy with such bright spots of hope. Even with so much hurt and darkness around there is just as much...if not more HOPE! This is giving real...good for our children and us to be a part of. Good pictures for us to see. I am so glad you shared:)

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  12. Isn't it just the way it happens? We shelter but it's ourselves who are sheltered. This is a beautiful act of service -- it touched my heart.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  13. I found this because Jen at Finding Heaven has told me about Soli Deo Gloria sisterhood. I wanted to visit some blogs from last week to see what you were all about.

    I am so glad that I did. I love this. One of my passions is a project called Water for Life. Even during our leanest year, I found money to support it.

    This is new to me and very much hits my heart. I'm going to learn more about it.

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  14. I found this because Jen at Finding Heaven has told me about Soli Deo Gloria sisterhood. I wanted to visit some blogs from last week to see what you were all about.

    I am so glad that I did. I love this. One of my passions is a project called Water for Life. Even during our leanest year, I found money to support it.

    This is new to me and very much hits my heart. I'm going to learn more about it.

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