You’ve probably never had to think twice about your daily need for water.
You can walk a few feet to your kitchen and turn on the tap that provides as much potable water as you want, whenever you want. You can flush your toilet and take a shower without worrying about using up your water for the week.
For hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, this is not the case. Every day, they spend hours walking miles to fetch contaminated water. It’s estimated that 663 million people in the world lack access to clean water— about one in eleven of us.
When I first learned about the water crisis during my freshman year at Pepperdine University, I was absolutely debilitated by this harsh reality. One in eleven?
I remember looking around at the twenty people in my freshman seminar and thinking that, statistically, about two people here would not have clean water. Unfortunately, for countries like Rwanda, the reality of the water crisis is much more concentrated than one in eleven— it’s more like one in four.
Water is essential for life. In fact, I have no doubt that the very presence of water is holy. I’ve witnessed children in a village of Ruhango, Rwanda, pump water from their community well built by the 10 Days. Watching the clear, clean water tumble down over their faces and fill up the cup formed by their little hands was one of life’s most sacred moments.
It’s no coincidence that water plays a major role in many Bible stories.…