Water Wednesdays

Our church is raising funds to put wells in Africa through the “Spilling Hope” initiative.

It would be easy, for many of us, to just write a check on May 23rd, 50 days after Easter, and call it a success.  But success, in this case, requires more than writing a check.  We’re trying to “put on a heart of compassion” as Paul says, which means to “suffer with” those who are suffering.

The relationship of suffering to water is, presently, little known in North America.  However, for much of the world, the disease free water we take for granted is not available.  The consequences of this shortage are far ranging, limiting education, raising rates of infant mortality and infectious diseases, and stopping economic development in it’s tracks.

What’s a person to do?

1. Live with humble gratitude for the abundance that is ours.  I often pray a word of thanks for food, but during these fifty days, I’ve taken to giving thanks for water as well.  With this comes the realization that what Jesus said is true:  “to whom much is given, much is required.”

2. Recognize that this problem can be addressed.  There are enormous issues surrounding the politics of water, as a film this coming Saturday night will explain.  But there are solutions for hundreds of millions in the world, right now:  Wells Work!

3. Offer water “in Jesus Name” so that people can learn to enjoy not only physical water, but living water.  This is what we’ve done – and what we’re doing again.  Care to join us?  See Spilling Hope to get involved.

About Richard Dahlstrom

As Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Richard teaches with vision of "making the invisible God visible" by calling people to acts of service and blessing. It's working, as a wilderness ministry, homeless shelter, and community meals that serve those living on the margins are all pieces of Bethany's life. "We're being the presence of Christ" he says, "and inviting everyone to join the adventure." Many have, making Bethany one of the fastest growing churches in America in 2009 according to Outreach Magazine.

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  • http://gdargan.blogspot.com Geoff

    Richard, just a question/thought: I love Spilling Hope, and what we are doing with that, but – especially in the context of your previous post on community – what are the ways that we can create, at BCC, that same sort of energy around local ministries?

    I am thinking about continuity and interdependency that I agree are vital for community. These things are most easily developed, and indeed necessitated by, in local ministries, are they not? So how can we “spill hope” in our neighborhoods (filled with needy people in their own right) with as much energy as we do for those in Africa?

    This is something I believe could be a huge blessing for BCC, in addition to our city, if we really give it the attention it deserves. But isn’t it ironic that, in some ways, it’s easier to raise money for wells overseas than it is to really change our own neighborhoods?

    Just thinking out loud…

  • http://gdargan.blogspot.com Geoff

    Richard, just a question/thought: I love Spilling Hope, and what we are doing with that, but – especially in the context of your previous post on community – what are the ways that we can create, at BCC, that same sort of energy around local ministries?

    I am thinking about continuity and interdependency that I agree are vital for community. These things are most easily developed, and indeed necessitated by, in local ministries, are they not? So how can we “spill hope” in our neighborhoods (filled with needy people in their own right) with as much energy as we do for those in Africa?

    This is something I believe could be a huge blessing for BCC, in addition to our city, if we really give it the attention it deserves. But isn’t it ironic that, in some ways, it’s easier to raise money for wells overseas than it is to really change our own neighborhoods?

    Just thinking out loud…

  • raincitypastor

    Good questions Geoff…

    I agree that the need for local involvement is critical, but continue to sense that the missing piece is the right catalyst person/leader who can invest much needed energy in this arena. If the truth be told, there are lots of things happening locally through Bethany people, but only a small portion is a ‘united front’. The unified efforts will come, I think, as find the right leader for missions at BCC. Keep praying!!

  • raincitypastor

    Good questions Geoff…

    I agree that the need for local involvement is critical, but continue to sense that the missing piece is the right catalyst person/leader who can invest much needed energy in this arena. If the truth be told, there are lots of things happening locally through Bethany people, but only a small portion is a ‘united front’. The unified efforts will come, I think, as find the right leader for missions at BCC. Keep praying!!


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