BENEFITING: Blood Water Mission
I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, because I was "sick," and I "didn't deserve" to be sick during this testing period of exams. I decided I would buy some chicken soup from somewhere nearby. In front of me was a man buying flowers and 2 root beers with the words blood:water mission on the back of his shirt. I never saw what this man looked like, but those words stuck to me. I had an urge to google them (.....which led to a humbling experience of being reminded how blessed I am.)
What I found was that...
This group, started by Jars of Clay, creatively raises awareness and funds for the provision of clean water and clean blood in sub-Saharan Africa. Through God's grace, "Village leaders have the resources and training to bring clean water, sanitation and health care into their communities. Stomach aches, skin diseases and diarrhea have disappeared. Women and children no longer walk several miles a day to carry filthy water. Those with HIV are living longer, stronger lives."
It is mind blowing to think that we live in countries where we shower and literally play in clean water while much of the world doesn't have clean water to drink. It is also mind blowing that having congestion and a cold/cough classifies me as "sick," when millions are born with HIV in Africa. Nearly 20 million (or 6% of all children in Africa) are either orphans or vulnerable children. I am constantly humbled, grateful for the living conditions I am in when I think about where else and to whom else in the world I could have been born.
BUT WHAT IF.....
I was born in those conditions?? What if you were?? How would you want the rest of the world to react?
One cool thing about this mission is that, they aren't giving hand outs but help me ups. "Rather than providing a hand-out, which inevitably leads to dependency and failed projects, we seek to transform communities from the inside out, enabling them to be the agents of change within their own context. While safe water access, hygiene, and sanitation are core objectives within our water programs, the process of enabling these skills and technologies in a community ultimately leads them on a journey of self-discovery, giving communities a platform for understanding their own capabilities, assets, and most importantly self-worth." Their efforts concerning HIV are very similar.
SO TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY && WE'RE GOING TO PARTY LIKE ITS MY BIRTHDAY....
I am so ridiculously blessed -- wayyyy more than I deserve in every aspect. I know it is because of all the prayers and love of my family and friends, but seriously, there is nothing I want or desire materially. I would be INCREDIBLY HONORED if instead of getting anything material, my birthday could be used to help create a dent in the blood:water mission.
BTW -- $1 PROVIDES CLEAN WATER TO ONE PERSON.... FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!!
if you want to give anything for my birthday, this would be amazing! or pray about it, research it, and see if this cause is worth donating to -- I really think it is awesome that each of us as individuals can make such a significant impact on many people's lives.
this is the best birthday ever :]
&& i really love you guys <3 for taking the time to read this!
check them out: www.bloodwatermission.com