Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Water for Life

Added to the post:
The point of this post was not me complaining. Trust me - no one knows how blessed they are or is more thankful than I am. I am humbled by what God has given me. BUT I do mumble from time to time to myself (it is SUPER hot outside. ha!) and when I do - I like to put myself in check and count my blessings. And look for ways to help others. THAT is what I was trying to share in my awkward way. I LOVE what Compassion is doing and thought you might too!
I'm deleting some comments - not because I care if you attack me. That comes with the territory but I don't like y'all being mean to each other. This isn't the place for that.

And if you never, ever complain - let me know so I can wave at your mansion in heaven because I'm afraid it will be MUCH bigger than mine.

I'm going to be honest.............

I've been in need of a MAJOR attitude adjustment. I've been a big complainer lately and I'm just sick of myself. I complain because it's so hot (which yes - it's 110 degrees today and it IS really really hot - but I also have an air conditioned house and lots of Sonic drinks and snow cones to keep me cool and money to pay the air conditioning bill.)
I complain because I'm so tired because the girls have been getting up a lot lately and not taking naps and my days can be long (and yes - it's hard to get up several times a night and not get much sleep - but I'm also SO blessed to have two healthy girls that so many people would give their right arm to have).
I complain because Scott was gone last weekend and I kept the girls by myself (and it IS hard to keep two babies by yourself but at least I have a husband around to help me most of the time and so many women have husbands in Iraq for a year at a time or have lost their husbands).
I complain because I don't like how I look right now and none of my clothes fit right (and I do feel blah - but at least I have clothes and plenty of food to eat)..

All this to say - I complain about so much and my life is not perfect but I have SO much to be thankful for and sometimes I just need to gain perspective. I've been reading some about the famines in Africa and if that doesn't snap you out of your middle class American pity party - I don't know what will. Thinking of mothers who are DESPERATE for food so their children won't starve to death - that's a REAL problem. I know it's not just Africa - I know there are mothers here in my own state who go without food so their kids will have enough. I've struggled so much over the last year or two with reconciling poverty and what so many of us have. I know the answer isn't for me to sell everything and live in poverty myself but I also try to be so aware of ways I can give and help BECAUSE I am blessed. I believe very strongly that everything I have is not mine - but God's and He wants me to help others. But at the same time - there are SOOOO many needs out there and it gets overwhelming. There are SO many places I want to give my money or help physically.

I don't share about many organizations or fundraisers here on my blog because I don't feel comfortable asking anyone to give money to something that I don't know is legit or not. BUT I have been involved with an organization for a few years that I trust fully and they have a new clean water program and I just wanted to share about it today. I'm thinking of how hot it is here today and how thankful I am to have an abundance of water to drink or for so many - that's not a reality. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water related disease.

Donate to Compassion International Water of Life
With Compassion - you can give $55 and give a child and their family clean drinking water for life. WOW. $55. That's like 2 meals out. Or a good pair of jeans.
  • A Water of Life filtration system that provides a lifetime of safe drinking water for a child and his or her family in developing countries.
  • Education for improving hygiene and sanitation.
  • Support for improving community water sources and sanitation where needed.
  • All as part of Compassion’s trusted care for the whole child, releasing a child from poverty physically, emotionally, educationally and spiritually.

WHAT IS "WATER OF LIFE?" - In short, an simple and sustainable water filtration system. Compassion’s Water of Life system contains a bucket, hose, filter, connector and a syringe that’s used occasionally for rinsing the filter with clean water. Training on how to use Compassion’s Water of Life and hygiene education are provided with every system delivered, to ensure positive long-term results and improved health.

HOW HOW DOES WATER OF LIFE WORK? - A new system can be set up and ready to use in less than 5 minutes. After pouring dirty water into the bucket from sources such as lakes, rivers, ponds or puddles, the water flows through the filter and comes out completely safe to drink.

Each filter is made up of tiny micro tubes with pores hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. These pores remove deadly bacteria and allow only clean water to pass through for drinking. The filter effectively eliminates Cholera, Typhoid, E. Coli, Amoebic Dysentery, and many other bacterial contaminants.

I know Money is tight for so many - but if you are looking for a way to help others - this might be a great way! Go HERE for more information and to help.

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. - Matthew 25:35, 40

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