Today we celebrate World Water Day — a day to recognize the critical importance of fresh, safe water. The idea for this special day was suggested to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, and on March 22, 1993, the first World Water Day was declared.
I think the poor are the most grateful people I’ve ever encountered. Something as simple as a cup of clean drinkable water is celebrated! Poor families understand what it means to rely on God for their every need; and when he provides their daily bread, they praise him for his faithfulness. They don’t despair over what they don’t have – they rejoice over how God has blessed them!
One of the most urgent problems facing the poor in eastern Zambia right now is a lack of clean, abundant water. The sinking water table has caused an increasingly desperate situation for families who depend on streams and shallow wells for their daily needs.
It felt wrong to reach for my water bottle. The thirst was a perpetual itch just beyond hand’s reach. Throughout the week, we’d been traveling from one remote village to the next — each a nearly identical sprawl of thatched-roof houses, dirt paths and sun-scorched farmland.
Living Water for the People of Lodwar On my recent visit to Kenya, I was blessed to go to the Diocese of Lodwar, home of the Turkana people, to attend a blessing ceremony of a well. Lodwar is in northwestern Kenya, and the climate there is hot and extremely arid. The Turkana people are seminomadic […]
My recent bout of the stomach flu has made me grateful for some things: A comfortable bed. A toilet inside my home. Clean water when I’m dehydrated. Money for a doctor (and a vehicle to get to the clinic).