Archive for June, 2010

Give Water Give Life

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 by joshbronleewe

It’s early in the morning. You wake up before sun rise and set out on your journey – a 5 mile treck to the nearest water hole. Nearly 2 hours later you arrive at a muddy pool of water. The fact that cows are grazing just a few feet away and consequently dumping their waste next to your only water source doesn’t even register with you. This is all you have. This is all you’ve ever known. The water is brown and murky as usual, and you can hardly see into it. You’ve heard people talk about clean water before, but you wonder if it’s something you’ll ever get to see. As you struggle to carry the two 40 pound jugs back the 5 miles you came, you dream of the day your community will be able to afford a well. The 3,000,000 Shillings it would cost to dig a well seems so daunting. Even if every family in your community saved everything they earned, it would take years to raise that kind of money. Your heart sinks as you realize you will probably never be able to afford such an extravagant luxury. Clean water – a luxury. In your best efforts, with your best resources, the best you can do is bring home diseased and polluted water that is likely to bring sickness and even death to you and your family. This is your reality.

The reality is, it costs only $1400 (around 3 mil. Shillings) to build a well in Uganda. That’s it! Global Support Mission, a non-profit based right here in Nashville digs wells for people like the woman in the story above. They work primary in a rural village in the western part of the country called Kaihura. I helped build a well back in March of this year through Global Support, and I know first hand that clean water isn’t a reality for many there. I want to change that. Global Support has built close to 15 wells in Kaihura, but there are nearly 40 more sites in the surrounding area where they desperately need wells.

This is where we come in. We have the abundant resources and the means necessary to build these wells. We have what it takes to meet the needs of the poor and the needy where they’re at. So why not do it? Why not rise up and make a difference among those who are in great need, in Jesus’ name? Who says we can’t build a well half way around the world? After all, these are our neighbors in a global community that is becoming larger and larger as we are becoming more and more aware.

Here are just a few verses from God’s word about His heart for these people:

Psalm 82:3-4 – Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy…

Psalm 146:7 – He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free.

Proverbs 13:23 – I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Proverbs 19:17 – He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.

Proverbs 21:13 – If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

Proverbs 28:27 – He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

In Matthew 25, Jesus makes is clear that we are to share HIS heart for the poor and the needy: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for ME.”¬†Friends, I want us to join God in the work He’s doing in Uganda, and around the world. Here’s how we can start becoming involved: visit¬†know.think.act. and join together to raise the money for a well! I’ve started an “Action Group” to meet this need in Kaihura, and once the money is raised, I want to go back over there and complete the work – be the hands and feet of Christ.

I want us all to be a part of the great story God is writing as He redeems this broken world. God is at work in Kaihura, all across Africa, and around the globe. Let’s join HIM!