Did you know today is World Water Day? I didn’t, until just a few weeks ago when World Help and Gospel for Asia both sent me emails on the upcoming day.
Apparently, Google, was unaware, because when I clicked on their search engine, Anges Martin’s 102nd Birthday popped up. I had know idea who Anges Martin was until Google informed me that she was a Canadian-American abstract painter. Scripture tells us, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21. We in North America love to be entertained. Actors and actresses’ faces are posed at every check-out aisle, music and grammy awards are broadcast on local television, and vacation packages will take us to almost any destination.I believe that most of us here in North America have hearts that care about the welfare of our neighbors around the world. The media doesn’t often keep us apprised of the needs that are great in this world. I believe when we are informed our heart’s desire is to help our friends who urgently need our assistance.
The Lord has blessed those of us who live in North America with water. We need only to go to our sinks and turn the faucet on, and bingo, water. This is not true for most people around the world. This year 3.5 billion people will die because they lack clean water. Today in the world the leading cause of death among children under five is diarrhea–diarrhea kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles together. Around the world, women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water. Unclean drinking water is at the root of malnutrition, infant morality, preventable diseases, and low school enrollment–which leads to a cycle of poverty.
By building wells we can prevent water-related illnesses and save lives. We can not only grow healthier children, families, and communities we give hope. We show the world Jesus–who came into this world to give us life, to gives those all around the world life.