Thirsty

We went for 24 hours here without running water.  We normally have a back up cistern, but it malfunctioned. Eating my words about hot showers.  I just want a shower.  Not a bucket of water.  Water dripping, flowing, whatever.

I can’t believe we live in a world where millions of people lack water. Friday I visited a client. The women outside meticulously washing pots and pans with water from a bucket.  Who knows how far they had to travel to get that water. Who knows whether the water they drink will make them sick.

Thinking about the living water today. I am in a dry season, physically, spiritually. All who thirst, let them come to the water. But how? How do you come? I want it, but I don’t know the Way. Jesus is the Way, but what does that mean? I’m swimming in water – prayer time, Bible study, church, devotionals, worship, and yet I’m dry.

I want a map.  A to do list for spiritual revival. I don’t want to wait on the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to surrender control. Just tell me what to do, and I will do it. I came to Rwanda to do things. But it’s not working. I’m going through the motions, checking the boxes, and I’m still thirsty.

It’s supernatural. I have to wait for the Holy Spirit to move. There is no manual drive for this.

Wait. Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. Patience. A test? Can I rejoice while I wait? The Isrealites waited 400 years before the Word came back. I hope it’s not 400 years. I can’t even wait 400 seconds!

 

Water

Last week I was sick.  Some sort of stomach bug completely took me out of commission for about four days.  As I tried as hard as I could to replenish the fluids that I was losing, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I take access to clean water for granted.  I live at a time and in a place where I can use as much water as I want, whenever I want.  It never crosses my mind how much of a luxury that is.

Meanwhile, in the real world, men, women and children walk for miles to access a small amount of clean water in the places where it’s even available.  850,000,000 people do not have any access at all. 4,000 children under the age of 5 will die today from disease that could have been prevented by having access to clean water. 

What happens to a person without clean water?  A nursing mother can’t nurse her baby.  A sick father cannot wash himself before caring for his child, and thus passes the disease on to the young.  An ill grandmother cannot flush the toxins from her weakened body.  A dehydrated child cannot recover after vomiting.

It’s enough to make me sick again.

The amazing thing about this problem, though, is that there is something we can do to change it.  There is water available, but wells must be drilled and access must be gained.  Lucky for this generation, there are organizations doing this work and making a serious impact.

If you want to use your resources to provide access to clean water for children in the developing world, you can.  My two daring (or crazy) friends, Wendy and Anthony, are putting their life on pause for a year while they seek to raise awareness and lots and lots of cash to fund clean water projects with World Vision.  They have committed to running 54 miles (yes, in one day) in South Africa this June and raising $1000 per mile.

The work of World Vision is proven to make a difference in the lives of children.  We can decrease those deaths and increase access in our generation.  Won’t you join us?

For more information and to donate now:

http://support.worldvision.org/site/TR/TeamWorldVision/TeamWorldVision?px=1103546&pg=personal&fr_id=2120

http://support.worldvision.org/goto/anthonyhalpin

http://justonedaychallenge.org/#/home/

http://www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water/