Where have I been? Why did I not know about this ministry?
Oh yeah. I’ve been having babies and out-of-the-loop with Christian music. Maybe you’ve been out-of-the-loop too, so let me tell you.
Back in 2002, the lead singer of Jars of Clay, Dan Haseltine, visited Africa. That experience changed his life, and he began a mission to provide clean blood and clean water for Africa. Blood without HIV and water without parasites and disease. As the blood and water that flowed from the side of our Savior transforms our lives, Dan Haseltine wanted Christians to transform the lives of African people through clean blood and water, to transform the lives of African people by being Christ to them.
Donald Miller says of Blood:Water Mission
“The crisis in Africa is difficult to translate to those of us living in the states. Our hearts do not know where to begin. Of the greatest accomplishments of Bloodwater Mission has been their ability to sort through the chaos to match provision with need. Clean water prevents many diseases that can prove fatal to a person suffering from AIDS. Clean water, then, guards clean blood. The simple gift of a dollar provides invaluable clean water for one African for One year. Our calling, then, is to give from our undeserved provision into their undeserved need. In doing so, we participate in the search and rescue mission God is orchestrating in this fallen world.”
Tonight my husband and I went on a date. A rare treat for us. Leeland, Sixpence None The Richer, Sara Groves, and Jars of Clay in concert. They’ve joined together for the Love Came Down Tour. What a worshipful time! Three hours of beautiful Christmas music. I could go on and on about the music and how I was drawn to worship through it, about how lovely it was to watch musicians ministering and worshiping through their music, rather than performing — but I won’t go on and on about that now. Throughout the concert, we were introduced to this ministry Dan Haseltine began. We were challenged to give, even to give sacrificially, so that people in Africa can have a clean blood supply and clean water.
One dollar. One dollar can totally change someone’s life. One dollar is all it takes to provide clean water for one year for one person. One dollar can totally save someone’s life. And who among us cannot afford to give one dollar?
God has given me a passion to help people figure out how they can impact the world. So often, we feel overwhelmed. We are overwhelmed by the need, by our lack of resources, by so many opportunities and so little time and so little money. We are overwhelmed and do not know where to start. This is a great place to start. One dollar. Each of my children can do one job around our home and earn one dollar to give to Blood:Water Mission. We can save quarters. Four quarters can buy one year of water for one person. When we eat at a restaurant, we can drink water and save the dollar we would have spent on a soft drink. Then we can use that dollar to buy a year’s worth of clean water for a person in Africa. Simple.
It really is that easy. With one dollar, you can save a life. With one dollar, you can impact the world. One dollar. That’s one small act with great love.
I may be six years behind here. I may have been out-of-the-loop on this one. But it’s not too late. As long as I’m still here, it’s not too late to be the hands and feet of Christ offering hope to those who need it. Clean blood. Clean water. One dollar. I can do that.