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.…