On Wednesday, I got up early for Bible Study and then I met Ed Zwyghuizen, from 20 Liters, for a morning walk. Ed has been walking every morning to bring awareness to the problem of clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their Mission at 20 Liters:: To make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable through long-lasting and innovative solutions.
On my way to meet Ed – I saw that there was standing water in the ditch because of all the recent rain. It was pretty clear. I suspected that it was pretty clean. And I was a little thirsty. But I wasn’t thirsty enough to get a drink out of the ditch. And it reminded me that for so many – they don’t have a choice. The water they have access to is not as clean as the water in the ditch on Perry. But they walk long distances to get that dirty water. And it made me want to do something to help.
If my calculations are correct – it has been 72 days since my kids came home from school on the 13th of March. It’s been hard. We have had to figure out how to navigate this new reality. But never once did we worry about what we would eat – or what we would drink – or what we would wear. Our Heavenly Father has provided all that for us and more. We’ve been blessed so much that we have been able to donate money, and food, and clothes, and time – to help those in need. And I’m so thankful for all you have done in this as well. I’ve been so encouraged to see the church reaching and serving those in need.
On Wednesday morning – I realized once again that compared to most of the rest of the world – I’m filthy rich. My concerns pale in comparison with the needs of the poor. Our rain water run-off would be a massive upgrade for most of the world. And Jesus said that whatever I do for the least of these – I do it for him. I hope that convicts you like it did me.
So, check out www.20liters.org Keep looking for opportunities to give – here and around the world. Maybe you are considering running or walking with Team World Vision to raise money to bring clean water to people around the world. (Text Community to 44888) Keep checking out our Prayer Request page on the Community Website. Pray for our Missionaries Keep sharing stories of reaching out to our 500 Neighbors. Keep bringing food to The Bridge, Harvest Stand, or Hand2Hand. And when you drink from your tap or you see clean water in the ditch – Count your blessings. I know this is tough – but God is good. And if you need something – send me a note at Kurt@communityreformed.org If I can’t help – I’ll find someone who can.
Another recent immediate need:
Midland Reformed Church has members and neighbors who have had their houses flooded. The immediate need is to get their damaged possessions out of their houses so they can get the houses dried out for repair.
We hope to take small teams two or three days next week. We will leave Community at 6 am and return around 7 pm. Please contact Sue Zwyghuizen by phone or text at 616-403-3782 with what day(s) you would be available.