Walk for Water 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

The best part about this year's Walk for Water was the prayer at the end. A Bishop from Kenya was with us, and he told a story about a little boy getting some water for him during a meeting there. He was gone for a long time, and when he returned, he carried brown water. He presented it without hesitation. The bishop drank it, of course; he could not refuse the boy.

As that story settled into our hearts, the bishop prayed. I fully expected him to pray for Kenya, for little boys who think brown water is normal, and for all the troubled places like that in this world. Instead, he prayed for us. He thanked God for the 2,000 people there, and for the thousands of others walking around the country for the same cause on the same day. He asked God to bless us, and our children, and our children's children - and it felt like we were receiving a blessing. I was rocked by the fact that he was praying for me and my children. Of all the things in the world to pray for . . . how gracious of him to think of us. He asked God to bless our country, and to make it a city shining on a hill for the whole world to see.

It was awesome.

The whole day was awesome, as a matter of fact. We didn't meet our fundraising goal, many folks didn't come for fear of rain, I was running late, and we didn't get a team picture. But it was still awesome.

{My family members there}

{Our sweet neighbors and fellow church members}

Just like I wrote last year:

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.

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  2. Love what you wrote about how YOU felt blessed.
    So often that's how God-gives.
    We think we're doing the giving, but it ends up being Him creating something beautiful in our lives.
    The photos were really fun!
    Thanks for sharing and for your kind words over at our spot :)

  3. Isn't that how He works? We think we're pouring out and yet there He is pouring right into us! 

  4. I have been to Rwanda many times and am always overcome with the generosity of the people. So unselfish and I am not surprised by that prayer. What a gift he gave to those listening. If they all thought the way you did about it, it changed them a bit. I posted the picture you sent me in my story today. The ones on my phone were blurry so I was thankful you sent me yours. Thanks so much!

  5. I can understand the sadness of not meeting a fundraising goal (living that right now with the retreat), but I realize that these are just goals.  They are not necessarily divine words from God or what He expects us to do.  I'm praising GOd with you for all the fruit (and clean water) that came out of this venture!

  6. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
        and one who waters will himself be watered. (Prov. 11:25)

  7. Thanks, Jen. You are a constant source of encouragement. We can talk fundraising frustrations in person in a couple of weeks :)

  8. I always loved to be blessed by having someone pray for me.

  9. I remember when you Walked for Water last year. I love that this is a tradition you have continued. 

  10. Courtney! School, work, and life has left me behind on reading some of the blogs I love. Today I was catching up. Wow- you captured my favorite part of the Walk, too. What a gift we were given through the words of the Bishop. Thanks for being there. Thanks for sharing this. Thanks for writing- it's a blessing for the rest of us, too.