Today is World Water Day. Currently, there are almost 1 BILLION people without access to clean drinking water. To put that in perspective, that is 1 out of every 8 people on the planet.
Some quick facts about water (credit is due charity:water for these facts):
- Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
- 90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old.
- In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children bear the brunt of this labor.
Here’s the deal. We have many problems in America. For the most part, access to clean drinking water is not one of them. I completely agree we should work on problems here, but that need not necessitate us leaving millions without hope. For the price of a night out to eat, a movie, or a couple of Starbucks, you can drastically change someone’s life.
Christians, let us put our money where our mouths are. “For God so loved the world” means more than our tiny part of it. We build up vast nest eggs to live lives of luxury by the time we are 60, but can we spare a few dollars for some who may not see 60 without our help?
Let me be clear: this IS a gospel issue. Why on earth would people care to hear about a loving God if His people will not care for their most immediate needs? Let us not be so cruel as to send missionaries to the farthest corners to share the Good News, but willfully neglect millions (many children) as they suffer the cruel fate of being born into an impoverished area.
Love knows no borders. Love knows no race. Love knows no culture.
If you would like to give, these organizations do fantastic work (there are others, just do your homework before you donate):
Even if it’s just a few dollars, would you please consider giving the gift of water to someone today?