I Raise My Glass

With New Year’s Eve coming this week, I wanted to invite a few of my followers to join me in something. But before I can do that, I feel I need to introduce you to the organization that I’ll be asking you to join me in helping.

I have talked about Water Missions International in the past. Water Missions International is a Christian, nonprofit organization that provides clean, safe water to people in developing countries and disaster areas through a variety of technologies. Their goal is to provide sustainable access to safe water so that no person should perish for want of safe drinking water.

OK so that is the “about” content stripped from their Website. Here’s my take about them. They are blatantly Christian. Their main desire is to see the communities that they serve come to Christ. This is an organization that has great people in it that know their mission and genuinely pray for the communities and projects that they are a part of.

There are many ministries/organizations out there that are working to provide clean water solutions to the places in the world that need it most. Now more than ever, the mission to provide clean drinking water to the 1 billion people in need is in the public forefront. Charity: Water and Blood: Water Mission seems to be the organizations getting a lot of press and hype because of the work that they are doing, but I want to introduce you to Water Missions.

They are an engineering organization and therefore focus on designing solutions to problems. They know that people need water, but also know that merely drilling a well does not necessarily bring safe water (and by safe, I mean water you and I would drink). They see the need to provide solutions that will help to protect water throughout the storage and distribution of water. They are one of the few organizations that address that problem. While some organizations just provide access to water, Water Missions sees the need to do more. They insure that the integrity of the projects result in safe, clean, sustainable, drinking water.

I was recently reminded that some cases need a more elegant, engineered solution. There are many areas where a well cannot be dug, such as in Petite Desdunnes Haiti. There was a stream there, but no access to clean drinking water.  Today those people have safe water, They had tried for more than 20 years to drill a well in that area. I’ve always been impressed by the fact that the folks at Water Missions study the local need and provide a unique plan to solve the water crisis.

I could go on and on about how they respond to the global water crisis, but check it out for yourself. See how they Respond to the global water crisis.

  • Advocacy
  • Engineering Solutions
  • Community Transformation
  • Educating Individuals
  • Disaster Response
  • Sharing The Message of Christ

I love the fact that they partner with churches and missionaries that are already on the ground working in many of their project areas. They partner with those who are already serving other needs in undeveloped or impoverished areas. I love he fact that it isn’t a one size fits all solution. They really research the need and produce solutions.

Now on to my sales pitch. This New Years, would you consider giving $10 to Water Missions International? They have created a Website and campaign called “I Raise My Glass.” When you are at your New Years Eve party this Thursday night, consider giving a toast to those in the world who don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. Think about those who have to walk 8 miles to get something that we wouldn’t bathe in.

“I Raise My Glass” – 2010 Toast from Water Missions on Vimeo.

Water Missions is trying to get 20,000 people to give $10 on this New Years. This will in effect establish 8 safe water projects in a communities of up to 3,000 thirsty people each. Would you join me in this? They have provided multiple ways for you to make your donation. Visit their website for more information. http://www.iraisemyglass.com/

As incentive to get you to participate, I’m gonna create a little contest for readers of my blog. I don’t have much to give, but I will randomly select one donor and send my copy of “Hole in the Gospel” by Richard Stearns. It is a fantastic read about how we Christians tend to get self absorbed in our own little world when we are called to sacrificial living. To be eligible, you need to make a $10 donation to Water Missions and leave a comment here.

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8 thoughts on “I Raise My Glass

  1. Andy,

    Loved your post on WMI. I attend church with Jerry Miner…great guy, great organization!

    I haven’t read “Hole in the Gospel” yet. It’s on my short list (after A Million Miles and Gospel According to Lost). I haven’t gotten a copy yet, so Id love to take you up on your offer!