Archives For March 2012

I just got an update on the money we gave to charity: water for my birthday last year. It’s cool to know it’s still bringing life and love to those in need. Thanks also to Shep & Kristi West, Trey & Jen Williams, Yolanda Valderrama, Chuck & Irene Goocher, Kenneth & Joy Jordan, & Nic & Kristen Arce for your contributions to this effort.

I’m taking some time today to remember how blessed I am to have easy access to clean, safe water. To those in Ethiopia & Malawi today, may God richly supply their needs. To those here with excess, may we grow in our generosity.

Here’s the report:

Your money was sent to Ethiopia and Malawi.

About six months ago, your funds were pooled with those of other mycharity: water campaigns to help thousands of people in Ethiopia and Malawi. We invested your money with our local partners, Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Ethiopia and Pump Aid in Malawi, to build and rehabilitate freshwater wells and spring protections for people in need. They’re also teaching communities about safe hygiene practices and forming local Water Committees to look after the projects when they’re finished.

When your projects are complete, our partners will go back and collect GPS coordinates, photos and other details from each community. Then, they’ll send all the data to us so we can create a project report for you and all your donors to share! We don’t consider a project fully finished until the local Water Committees have been trained and the community has taken responsibility for their water point. 

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the video above where I just get to share my heart behind what we’re doing through “The Next BIG Thing.” Yes, we could just celebrate the incredible things God has done through The Connection Church to see atheists become missionaries. But we won’t slow down, let up, or back down from our mandate to lift up the name of Jesus and tell everyone we can about Him. And God has laid 4 specific next steps in front of us that we are excited about taking over the next year.

So listen in, pray up, and write down your commitment so you can fully be a part of this shared effort.

We have an awesome opportunity set before us to know God more intimately and see thousands of lives changed! And as we follow hard after God together, I know you’ll be better for it too.