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How one church raised $14,000 for safe water in Rwanda

While most 10 Days participants are college students, we welcome and encourage local churches to get involved, either by doing the 10 Days on their own or partnering with a university in their community. When students and churches work together to help end the water crisis, incredible things tend to happen.

A few years ago, Robert Ewing, the Vice President of Community Outreach for the 10 Days at Texas A&M, wanted to find a new and creative way to engage the community. “Up to that point, we only worked on campus with student organization or with friends of friends, and I thought to myself, ‘Why would we not reach out to the hundreds of churches in the area?'”

Robert started with his home church, First McKinney, and laid out a vision for the 10 Days with the missions pastor. “I came in not knowing what to expect or what to ask for,” Robert said. “What I learned, though, is that I didn’t aim or ask high enough.” First McKinney committed to a three-year partnership. “It sounded like a great fit for us, the group of students at A&M, and most of all, the people helped by the wells,” said First McKinney’s John Shapiro.

Last year, First McKinney hosted a three-mile “Walk for Water,” a group event where participants walked to a small lake, filled up buckets, then hauled the water back, all to better understand the realities our neighbors in Rwanda face every day. Thanks to the Walk for Water, “our church had a deeper understanding of the role of water in the world,” John said.

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10 Days 2016 Donor Report

As I look back on the 10 Days 2016, I’m filled with gratitude for every participant and donor who made it possible. Thanks to your creativity, passion, and commitment, we were able to help provide more people in Rwanda with safe water than ever before.

Inside this report you’ll find information about the water projects

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Day 10: The Final Day


You’ve made it to the final day of the 10 Days. You’re probably already planning on getting back to your regular morning coffee routine, swinging by Sonic’s happy hour after class, or chugging a Red Bull to fuel a late night study session. Yep, we’ve missed it too.

The 10 Days ends tomorrow, but the …

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Day 9: Share Your 10 Days Story

One of the coolest things about participating in the 10 Days is that you’re now part of a community of thousands of students from coast to coast who are united by a commitment to ending the water crisis.

This 10 Days has been the best one ever, and as we near the end (just 2 …

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Day 7: Stories of Hope in Rwanda


The 10 Days has been a part of Living Water’s work since 2010. In the past 6 years, we’ve seen wells drilled, lives changed, and communities blessed.

Last year, the 10 Days raised more than $70,000 for safe water projects, directly impacting at least 286 families in Rwanda.

We’ve been talking a lot about what …

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Day 5: We’re Halfway There


Congrats! You’ve made it to the halfway point. Go ahead, crank up some Bon Jovi and celebrate. We won’t judge. You’ve earned it.

Alright, now that you’ve got that out of your system, it’s time to finish strong.

At the heart of the 10 Days is the belief that thousands of small, everyday choices can …

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Day 4: Donate Today To Double Your Impact


Four days in! You still with us? Caffeine headaches kicking in? Yep, us too. Here’s some super exciting news to take your mind off that Starbucks you pass on your way to class.

A generous donor has agreed to match all of today’s 10 Days donations, dollar for dollar, up to $14,000.

How incredible is …

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Day 3: A Tragedy in Rwanda


During the 10 Days, we talk a lot about serving our neighbors in Rwanda. But out of the 663 million people in the world who live without safe water, why are we focusing specifically on Rwanda?

In 1994, Rwanda experienced Africa’s worst genocide in modern times. Estimates vary, but at least 500,000 people—and possibly more …

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Day 2: The Great Milk Debate


There’s an important—and controversial—question every 10 Days participant must wrestle with:

Is it okay to use milk in your cereal during the 10 Days?

Scholars, philosophers, ethicists, and 10 Days leaders have debated this question for many years, and we’re still no closer to a solid “yes” or “no” answer. Let’s review the main arguments.…

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