Today is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. This is a day when the world unites to shed light on a very real problem affecting millions of people around the world. It is estimated that more than 783 million people do not have access to clean water or even safe water.
Compassion Services International is thankful for those who have continued to support us so that we can send water to those in need. We may not be able to reach the millions on our own but as I once heard it said, we can all do our little and that little soon becomes a lot. We see examples in scripture of how Jesus took little and multiplied the little into much to help many.
The clean water problem is not just an issue of not having clean drinking water. The lack of clean water causes many other issues in our world. One of the biggest problems is that more than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die every day because of diarrhea and other water-related illnesses. Most of which are completely preventable and treatable.
When you support Compassion Services International you help provide the means for people around the world to receive aid in the aftermath of disaster and in areas where access to clean water and proper medical care are virtually non-existent.
When a group of us visited Haiti last year we saw first-hand how people had to get the water they used. Water that we were not supposed to drink.
This line of people I witnessed in Haiti, waiting to get what they consider to be ‘safe’ water made me think of how much I take for granted. I have 24 hours each day and I don’t have to spend a single second standing in line to get water. I don’t have to walk miles carrying a bucket to get clean water for my family. Did you know in Africa that women and children spend 40 billion hours annually doing just that? This is time they could be spending with their family. Time kids should be in school.
We are fortunate because of faithful supporters to provide clean water in our clinics.
The next time you buy a bottle of water think of the millions around the world who are without this luxury. I challenge each of us to consider donating some of our bottled water money to help those in need. You can visit our donate now page to make a donation to our General Fund. This will help CSI be ready to help when the call comes in. Thanks again to all who continue to support us financially and in prayer.
When someone asks you to define Compassion what is your answer? The dictionary defines compassion this way- Noun: Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. It lists pity, mercy and sympathy as synonyms for compassion. I read this definition for the word compassion recently from Bono, the lead singer of the band U2, “To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor … it’s nothing.” He went on to say that the meaning of compassion for Christians is to focus on those in need.
The Bible gives us several examples that show us that we as followers of Christ are to focus on the needs of others.
Proverbs 19:17-“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”
Deuteronomy 15:11-“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.” Hebrews 13:16-“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Matthew 5;:42″Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
These are just a few of the examples found in God’s Word that clearly show us that we are to help those in need. This is not just a theme found in the New Testament but it is a message throughout the Old Testament as well. It has always been God’s desire that his followers would show compassion to those who were in need. At Compassion Services International it is our desire to be the hands of feet of Jesus throughout the world. We desire to share the gospel and love of Jesus with as many people as we can. We believe the only way to really do that is to also provide for the very real physical needs of the many in our world. We have the unique ability to work all over the world through our many missionary contacts.
When you partner with Compassion Services International you truly are allowing Compassion to be put into action. Compassion is more than just a word to be defined. It is the motivation behind everything we do. It is to be lived out in our daily lives. I am convinced that without it we can never truly please Christ. What he gave to each one of us through his death on the cross is the greatest act of compassion the world has ever seen. Everyone of us was in desperate need until he showed his great love and compassion for us and put it into action. He didn’t just tell us that he loved us. He didn’t just feel sorry for us. No, he took action. It cost him greatly but he knew that the only way to help us, the poor and needy, was to take action. He had to give. He changed the world with his gift. You can do the same. #give #love #serve