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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:

Focus on WMU

 

Focus on WMU 2017

Focus on WMU, February 13–19, is the perfect time to introduce or reintroduce your church members to what WMU is and how they can get radically involved in God’s mission.

WMU is holistic discipleship. From preschoolers to adults, we provide relevant resources to learn about and pray for missions, as well as opportunities to apply knowledge and passion through giving, serving, and supporting missions.


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WMU promotes missional living through our organizations:

Pure Water, Pure Love

For many people in the world, walking miles while carrying heavy jugs of water in order to make sure they have clean water is a daily reality. Many missionaries constantly run the risk of contracting a disease or parasite from the water in the countries they are in. This is where Pure Water, Pure Love takes action.

The primary goal of PWPL is to provide missionaries with water filters and the people they serve with wells that offer clean water, free from disease-causing microorganisms. With the help of hundreds of churches, PWPL provides thousands of water filters to missionary families and helps fund clean water projects.


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What is Pure Water, Pure Love?

The primary goal of this ministry is to provide missionaries with water filters that supply their families with clean water—free from disease-causing microorganisms. An extension of this ministry seeks to provide clean water for the people the missionaries serve as well. PWPL works with churches, Christian organizations, and missionaries to provide clean drinking water through well drilling or water purification systems.

How much do filters and well projects cost?

The cost of water filters ranges from a $50 personal water bottle to a $250 home unit. The initial cost is usually $400–$500 for a missionary family. This provides the family with a home unit, travel-sized filters, and replacements filters.

The cost of well projects is determined by the location and its needs. Well projects in the past have cost anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000.

What kinds of filters are given to the missionaries?

Global Hunger Relief

One in seven people in the U.S. access food banks to help meet their needs. (Hunger in America 2014)

One out of six children—roughly 100 million—in developing countries is underweight. (The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015)

Read more staggering statistics related to domestic and international hunger needs and mobilize your church to take action. 


Click here for global hunger ideas you, your family, and your church can use and check out these additional resources:

Thousands Helped in Haiti

Ten thousand people, farmland, animals, missions, schools: all of these have been positively affected by just one Pure Water, Pure LoveSM project in the Haitian city of Gonaives. In a country ravaged by natural disasters, deforestation, and poverty, thousands now have access to clean, safe water, and it’s changing lives.

Project Idea: Luau

Luau raising money for Pure Water Pure Love

Aloha! Spread awareness about PWPL by hosting a luau at your church! Giant leis, funny games, and delicious food are a great way to get everyone in your church involved in this ministry.

This project idea involves an emphasis period where church members collect pocket change (and folded money, of course). At the end of this period, the church hosts a luau where church members bring their donations and celebrate how God has graciously multiplied their resources to help provide clean water for missionaries and villages around the world.

Here’s what your church can do:

Decide on a date for the luau as well as the emphasis period. It could be a weeklong emphasis or an entire quarter. An example period could be beginning the emphasis in May and having the luau at the end of the summer.

Project Idea: 5K/Fun Run

People running a race

On your mark, get set, go! Raise money for Pure Water, Pure Love by hosting a 5k/fun run! Get your entire church and community involved in this ministry by recruiting volunteers, sponsors, and runners!

Although orchestrating a run may seem like a lot of work, it can be an effective and fun way to raise money for PWPL. Don’t try to do it on your own. Get a group of church members together who are passionate for the cause and delegate assignments. With the body of Christ and the grace of God, your race will bring clean water to the nations.

Here’s what your church can do:

Pray for the event. More than anything, you will need God’s strength and guidance in planning a race.

Plan your race.

Project Idea: Kid's Water Day

Kids playing with water

American children can turn on any faucet in their home and enjoy clean water to drink. However, so many are unaware that children around the world do not have this same privilege. By hosting a game day with fun water activities, children can have a lot of fun playing in water but at the end, learn about how water is a scarce commodity in most other countries. The purpose of this project is to teach children about the need for clean water, inspire a passion in them, and encourage them to make a difference through PWPL.

Here’s what your church can do:

Prepare for the water day.

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