Water Is Life

Today is World Water Day! Across the globe, efforts are being made to ensure that people have access to potable water, and looks hard at those areas and people who suffer from a lack of such access. Have you stopped today to consider how easy life is when water is readily flowing?

In his book The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge, Tony Dungy chose today to mention a friend of his who has a saying, “What’s down in the well will come up in the bucket.” This is similar to the lessons in the Bible about relating our words to what is truly in our hearts. At the end of the reading, Dungy challenges the reader to “carry a bottle of water around today to remind you to fill your personal well with God himself,” and when you do, “what flows out of your heart will be good, true, and satisfying.”

I mention this not only because the analogy is apt for World Water Day, but also because an amazing outflowing from the hearts of our supporters has challenged the world’s stark realities.

As most of our readers know, we have been faced with a water crisis in our African community of Damongo, Ghana. Starting last Saturday morning, we put out a call for help through our Newsletter, social media, and a crowd-funding site.

I am extremely happy to report that in four days, we have raised over $20,000. This is an absolutely remarkable reaction to need that has filled us all at 72 Africa with a great sense of thankfulness and joy. Thank you to those who donated to alleviate this crisis. Moreover, the people of Damongo will be overwhelmed once they understand what has happened and once water is adequately flowing again.

I was greatly moved this morning as I transferred the first $7500 to our accounts in Ghana.  (I will provide more details about how the funding will be used and about progress in another blog.)  Father Clement has told me that the key individual who will be managing the repair efforts has already arrived in Damongo at our urging, and parts have already been requested. Although it will take additional days for the work to be completed, you have given the residents hope. What has sprung from your well will literally spring from theirs. So, especially for those who made a donation to this effort, please carry that bottle of water around with you today and the rest of the week. As you look at it, remember the good things you have done from your “well” and continue to think about those who would give anything for a drink from that bottle. Then, perhaps, give that bottle to the next homeless person you encounter. The need is vast.