Safe Water + Living Water
NEW! Evening Walk 4 Water + Worship
Sunday, August 18 at Veterans Park, Richfield
5:30 pm – Picnic + short program at the picnic shelter (64th Street + Portland Avenue)
Walk to raise funds for projects in Africa + Southeast Asia
7:00 pm – Worship: Music + stories at the bandshell (north of 66th Street+ Columbus Avenue)
For the past 8 years, Hope Church’s Walk 4 Water has focused on raising seed money for sustainable water projects where people haven’t had access to safe water in their communities. While helping to satisfy their physical thirst, the ministries we partner with point the way to the One who satisfies spiritual thirst—the Living Water.
Our Walk 4 Water activities illustrate what it is like to walk in the shoes of those who deal with water insecurity on a daily basis. Trekking along the path with our water buckets, we’ve heard stories about how some Lao members and friends from Abundant Life carried water as children. We’ve enjoyed eating foods from Liberia and Laos. We have a lot of fun!
I’m not sure I’d feel it was so much fun if I had to walk to get my water for drinking and washing all the time. Drawbacks: long distances to the water source, large water containers to allow for unexpected spillage, rocky hillsides where I could twist an ankle or fall, livestock that contaminates the supply, even the possibility of the source running out of water for the day before I got to the front of the line.
Even less fun…I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live without Christ, without the Living Water. It gives me joy to know that the yearly Walk 4 Water is undergirding ministries with safe water resources so that they can focus on making Christ known in their communities through meeting both physical and spiritual needs.
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14
by Peggy Turnbull