A few weeks ago I spent 4 nights camping “up north,” being lulled to sleep each evening by the sound of the water tumbling over rocks in the river nearby. That same river was our water source for drinking, washing, and cooking. It was an easy walk to the river, though you had to watch your step climbing down the bank to fill the container. We purified the water for drinking, which meant the inconvenience of waiting while it boiled or while the purification tablet did its work. But it really wasn’t that difficult — in fact, for just 4 days, it was kind of enjoyable!
I wouldn’t feel the same way if I had to do this all the time in order to have clean, safe water to drink. Add longer distances to the water source, carrying as large a container as I can handle to allow for unexpected spillage, rocky hillsides, sharing with livestock who contaminate the supply, or the potential for attack by wild animals and I know it would not be fun.
Each September at Hope’s Walk 4 Water and picnic we have 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.
This year’s event is Sunday, September 24. Registration begins at noon at Veteran’s Park in Richfield (64th and Portland.)
- Walk to raise funds for safe water in needy areas of Africa and Southeast Asia.
- Learn about ways to come alongside these communities in prayer.
- Enjoy a picnic with American foods and Liberian and Lao appetizers.
Psalm 63:2: “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…in a dry and wary land where there is no water.”
John 4:13-14: “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.'”
By Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator