Walk for Water - Keeping up the Pace

Monday, March 12, 2012

Our kitchen counter is overrun with water bottles full of change these days.

Our church and the kids' preschool will participate in Water Mission International's Walk for Water. We are filling empty water bottles with change, in a tiny effort to change the world.

This means that I've been busy, coordinating logistics and cheerleading people into participating in this event. And like anyone who has ever had to solicit money and volunteers, I've had moments of wondering if all my scurrying around is worth it. I've had moments of discouragement and fatigue.

But then - oh, then. God reminded me that I wrote this post last year, and this one, too.

And as I read those happy words and saw those moving pictures, it occurred to me that it doesn't matter if we reach our fundraising goal. It doesn't matter if we have the largest group there. What matters is that someone cares about this:

(All images from www.watermissions.org)

and I already know that a lot of people do.

I already know that hundreds of people will show up to experience this simulated "walk for water." They will pick up an empty bucket, and walk along breezy sunlit avenues in downtown Charleston for about 1.5 miles. They will fill buckets with dirty water, and walk some more. They will see the water filtration systems in action, pouring the dirty water in and getting clean water in return. They will carry the clean water back.

Strollers, wagons, smiling faces, jump castles, food and music will permeate the day. . . and I know, that in the midst of all that joy, someone will think, "Wow. What if I wasn't here? What if my circumstances were much, much different? What if dirty water was my reality? What if . . . ? What if . . . ? What if . . . . ?"

That person will probably be me. And then I will know that the scurrying around was worth it, and that God was never worried about the numbers. God isn't furrowing his brow over fundraising or group awards. He isn't counting for the sake of counting.

God is concerned with hearts and minds, and that is where my focus should be.

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. It just happens to be located right here in our town. Learn more and read their entire Statement of Faith here.

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11 Responses to “Walk for Water - Keeping up the Pace”

  1. Courtney -I remember this from last year when you did this!  I remember how much it touched you and everyone that was involved.  So excited you get to do this again.  God is moving in this and even if you don't meet your goal, I am SURE He will meet His.

  2. Courtney, I didn't realize you live in Charleston. I live in Pawleys Island, right down the road from you. I have been to Rwanda many times, know the importance of clean water first hand, something we take for granted when we turn on the shower or the facet many times a day. And I led fund raising efforts to help a group of orphans for many years and see the amazing ways God provides. Bless you for what you are doing.

  3. Great post. I recently heard Elisa Morgan (former president M.O.P.S) speak on the topic "She Did What She Could". I think it sounds to me like you are doing what you can which is truly what matters.

  4. I love what you wrote:
    "God is concerned with hearts and minds, and that is where my focus should be."

    How often we can take clean water for granted and yet many go without.  Living in Phoenix, Arizona I know what thirst feels like.  Hiking in the desert can be deadly without a good supply of water.  May God bless your ministry with plentiful water for those who need it most.


  5. What a wonderful, wonderful cause! I pray it will go well.

  6. I pray that your mission is successful.  Please keep us posted at Painting Prose!

  7. Thanks, Debbie. It really is difficult to think about people going without the basic of necessities. So glad you visited.

  8. Shelly! Can't believe you are in Pawleys. What a small world! I should have guessed from the background in your picture :) We are fortunate to live in such a gorgeous area.

    I would love to hear more about your Rwanda travels - I've never done anything like that, so I do admire your work. So glad to be connected with you.

  9. Thanks, Jen. You are always such an encouragement. Hoping it works out to see you soon!