World Water Day: Pure Water, Pure Love

How many times have you used water today? Did you stop and wonder if the water was clean? Most likely you use water more times in a day than you realize and you are blessed with not having to wonder whether the water you are drinking is safe and clean. However, this is not the case in many places around the world. Did you know that more than 663 million people lack access to clean water? The need for clean water access is great as the lack of clean water leads to numerous water-related diseases. Consider the following:

  • Women and children collectively spend 125 million hours a day collecting water.
  • Twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.
  • More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
  • Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.
  • In low and middle-income countries, 1/3 of all healthcare facilities lack a safe water source.

Pure Water, Pure LoveSM (PWPL), a ministry of  National WMU®, provides water filters for those serving overseas and grants for water projects that deliver clean water to communities around the world. In 2016, PWPL provided a grant to Woodburne Baptist Church to assist with a water project they were engaged with in Granbouchi, Haiti, with the purpose of distributing water filters. While there, they distributed 85 filters to the community, used 5 filters for a community water station, and were able to leave 10 filters to be used as replacements or as needed. This allowed the entire 500-person village to be impacted with the availability of clean water. As a part of this ministry, those in the community were trained in healthy water practices and how to maintain the filters. For this community, clean water will make a world of difference as they live their everyday life.

While the reality of this need may seem overwhelming, the good news is that your group can be involved in providing clean water resources through PWPL. Pray for God to show you how you and your church can be a part of this ministry. For more information about Pure Water, Pure Love and ideas on how to be involved, contact purewater@wmu.org.

*Water facts taken from water.org.

*World Water Day is March 22. This is a great time to involve your church with this ministry.

 

By Lena Plunk

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