Every year 840,000 or more people die of water related illnesses. 840,000. Broken down, that is 2,300 people every day dying of water related illnesses. Every minute a child under the age of 5 dies because they lack clean drinking water. Every MINUTE!
That’s right, the water we use to fill our pools in the summer, leave running while we brush our teeth, and water our plants with, over 750 million people lack access to that same water. These people are suffering and many are dying from completely preventable diseases.
If you could do something to prevent even one more death due to lack of clean drinking water, would you? If there was something practical you could do from your house in Minnesota that would make a profound impact on people’s live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the worlds POOREST nation, would you?
Well the truth is your CAN help. You CAN save lives. You can be a part of making that 840,000 deaths annually, lower and lower until the number is eventually ZERO.
How can you help? Well, a few years ago Crossroads partnered with World Vision, a faith based organization committed to bring clean water and resources to the countries that need it most, to begin a water project in Swaziland. We raised money to help with the water project as well as had the opportunity to sponsor children from the region.
As of last year, 2014, the water project in Swaziland has been completed! Praise God! Now, Crossroads is going along with World Vision to the Congo to bring water and resources to the poorest country in the world!
Last year, many of you began sponsoring children from the Congo. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to sponsor a child, maybe now’s the time! Learn more about that, here. Child sponsorship invites a person like you or me to support and help look after the well-being of a child in need from another country — until that child and community become self-sufficient. It’s an incredible opportunity to love people half way around the world.
If sponsorship isn’t for you right now, there are more ways to help. Each year, World Vision does a 1/2 marathon in summer (August) and a Full Marathon (October) to raise money to give people clean drinking water for life. FOR LIFE. Are you a runner? Why not run with a cause this year. Crossroads is beginning to assemble teams for the Half and Full Marathons THIS MONTH! Team captains, training schedules, encouragement, oh my! Details to come soon!
Not a runner, but know some people crazy enough to run 13 or 26 miles? Why not support them as the they run! Every $50 they raise gives one person clean drinking water for life!
Crossroads just sent a team of people to the Congo on a vision trip to see first had the work that World Vision is doing! They just came back and the stories, pictures and videos are amazing! We are so excited to share these with you in the coming days and weeks.
We have set our sights on God and we know that His vision is to have a world where clean drinking water is accessible to EVERYONE, and that Everyone know HIM deeply! We are so thankful for the vision that World Vision is casting and so excited to be part of the AMAZING things God is doing through them all over the world.
We’ll see you this weekend!
Director of Missions