Give Water this Christmas

450 billion dollars are spent on Christmas in America every year.

It is estimated that 10 billion just once would provide everyone in this world access to clean water.

Last year during advent at Valley View Community Church I was introduced to something called the Advent Conspiracy. Since then I have been Rethinking Christmas. Rethinking how I celebrate the birth of Christ. When I look around as objectively as I can at how I, my family, others, and our society celebrate Christmas I am struck at how un-Christlike it has become. I love Christmas. I love celebrating. The birth of Jesus changed the world. God putting on skin, leaving his throne, and coming to live with us changed everything. It has changed everything for me. So how should I celebrate this change? One idea that I have is to change the kind of gifts I give. Encouraged by the "Advent Conspiracy" I plan to spend less and contribute what I didn't spend towards something that can have an impact on those Jesus has called us to help. (Matthew 25:35-46) I plan to give water. Clean water.

Watch this video "The Story of the Thirsty".

Spend less this Christmas and give more. Give access to water. Help me raise $1000 for Living Water International. | GIVE HERE

Water is foundational to lives.

Water. It is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people—a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale.

Unlike war and terrorism, the global water crisis does not make media headlines, despite the fact that it claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Unlike natural disasters, it does not rally concerted international action, despite the fact that more people die each year from drinking dirty water than from the world’s hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and
earthquakes combined. This is a silent crisis experienced by the poor, and tolerated by those with the resources, technology, and the political power to end it. Yet this is a crisis that is holding back human progress, consigning large segments of humanity to lives of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity.

Living Water International is addressing this most basic of needs by helping deprived communities acquire safe, clean water. Its goal is to substantially ease the global water crisis while addressing root causes such as injustice, oppression, and abject poverty. As this happens, communities and worldviews are transformed—both among those in desperate physical need, and among those who have been blessed with much.

Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. (Living Water International Info. Kit)

Water satisfies the need of our body. Jesus satisfies the need of our soul. (John 4:1-26)
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." (1 Timothy 6:17-18)

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  1. Hi Penny,
    i am sorry that I can't watch the video but I am on satellite and it will kill mt download speed.

    But, yes this is a wonderful and thoughtful way to share the joy of Christ's birthday celebration.

    So many millions around the world, including here in the US also drink contaminated water everyday.

    Blessings of peace to you!!:-)

  2. this is an awesome idea. We talked at church this last Sunday about the fact that Christmas changed the world - and how we can make it like that AGAIN. Our church is giving toward this initiative as well, and we'll be donating on behalf of family and friends this season, instead of doing so many 'gifts'. Thanks for highlighting this here!


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