On March 23, 2014, let’s have churches rally on Water Sunday to give clean water to those in need.
By now most of us how serious of a problem this is. Every day 5,500 people die because they do not have safe drinking water. In fact, diarrheal illness, caused primarily by contaminated drinking water, is the second leading cause of death worldwide.
Water systems radically change communities. A 2009 health impact study by Water Missions International discovered an astounding 52% reduction of waterborne illness related clinical visits after the community water treatment system became fully operational.
Three years ago Water Missions International began the annual Water Sunday initiative – a program that challenges churches throughout the country to dedicate the Sunday after World Water Day to educating their congregations about the global need for safe water and taking a special offering to respond. Since it began, churches have raised over $200,000 dollars for Water Sunday and provided safe water worldwide.
This year, the goal is to raise over $150,000!
The premise is simple: take one Sunday out of your normal worship schedule to educate your congregation about the global water crisis and take up a
collection for the mission. Some churches get creative with raising money and do things like drinking only water for a full month and donating the money they saved by skipping other drinks. Time and time again, people’s lives are transformed as they see how simple things can tangibly make big impacts.
When you register for Water Sunday, you will receive a free Church Starter Pack which includes a Water Sunday T-Shirt, two 11’‘x17’‘ posters, and Water Sunday DVD. To make your Water Sunday easier, resources like sermon notes, small group guides, videos, and children’s activities are also available.
Why Water Missions International?
There are quite a few groups working on the water crisis today, so what makes Water Missions International different?
Water Missions International is a Christian engineering nonprofit working intentionally alongside communities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to end the global water crisis. Through relationship they work to fully understand the problems a community faces and design custom, sustainable, and safe water solutions. They also equip and empower local churches to share the Living Water message. As people come to collect water, they are able to meet local pastors and believers who build relationships to share the love of Christ.
Since 2001, Water Missions International has provided water solutions to more than 2.4 million people in 50 countries on 5 different continents and currently working extensively with 10 permanent country programs. Water Missions International has also received Charity Navigator’s top rating seven years in a row, a distinction shared by only 2% of the charities rated by the organization.
One billion people still do not have access to safe water. Many of them do not know Jesus. Let’s join together this year to make a difference.
Special thanks to Water Missions International for supporting Church Relevance by sponsoring this post.