The Final Day: Walking Through Samaria

Today we’re sharing thoughts from the co-founder of the 10 Days, Henry Proegler.

Collecting water in Nyurukizi village.

I have to be honest: I wasn’t looking forward to doing the 10 Days this year. I really didn’t want to do it. My reasons were self-centered. Mainly, I just didn’t want to stop drinking coffee. But I did it anyway, and here we are on the last day, and I’m feeling incredibly thankful and deeply humbled.

I recently heard Eugene Cho talk about the story of the Samaritan women at the well. “We love to talk about Samaria, but rarely do we actually walk through it,” he said.

Jesus walked through it.

Even though it’s a small sacrifice, giving up every beverage but water for 10 days is a step into Samaria. It’s a reminder that hundreds of millions of people lack a resource we take for granted every day. It’s a reminder that we live in a broken world, and sometimes we’re part of that brokenness.

But when we take that small step forward into something that makes us feel uncomfortable, we realize how big Jesus is. Through him, everything will be made right again. That’s what we’re walking toward.

This year we’ve had more people participate in the 10 Days than ever before. We’ve already raised more money online than ever, and that means our friends in Ruhango, whose stories we’ve been sharing, will have more communities with clean water.

My hope for you, on this last day of the 10 Days, is that you’d remember that we’re able to take this small step into Samaria because Jesus walked through it first.

Thanks for joining us on this journey.

You can find Henry Proegler on Twitter and Instagram.

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