11.26.2005

blood:water mission

Last weekend I led worship at a multi church, multi denominational community worship night. There were several leaders involved both in musical worship and in leading short segments of prayer, and exhortation. I was asked to do a little of each. The music part was easy to plan for. I’ve done that a million times. However, speaking is not my strong suit. I did have a message on my heart though, so I took a deep breath and dove in. Here’s what I said:

“Thanksgiving… How many of you have something to be thankful for? Personally I have so much to be thankful for. When I take a moment to sit back and count my blessings I feel a responsibility to give back a little bit. I want to do something for those in need. To whom much is given, much is required.

About a week after Hurricane Katrina a few friends and I drove a truck load of supplies down to Louisiana and Mississippi. It was amazing to me to see that with a fairly small investment you could have such a huge impact on a community. Let me ask you a question. What was the first thing that hurricane survivors asked for? What was the most urgent need?” The unanimous response was WATER! I held up a water bottle and continued.

“This water is fairly cheap and we’ve seen the huge impact it can have. You cannot sustain life without clean water. After returning from Louisiana I became acquainted with the organization started up by the guys of Jars of Clay called ‘Blood:Water Mission’. I learned that two of three children born into third world countries will not reach adulthood because of one thing: unclean water. I also learned that with a fairly small investment we can help. For a few thousand dollars we can dig a well that will provide clean water for an entire community for years to come. In a room this size (about 500 people) if each and every one of us gave up Starbucks for just one day we could dig this well. It’s not a huge deal, just one mocha."

Then I said, "I’ve placed two water cooler sized water bottles at the corners of the stage and during the next few songs I want you to get out of your seat and come down to the water bottles and put your Starbucks money in the bottle to provide clean water for those in need. This is a very real way that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the fatherless, the widow, and those in need. Jesus called that ‘true religion’ and tonight we want to be a part of that.”

Then I prayed and started leading the congregation in the doxology, and then we sang Grace Like Rain. It was really hard to hold back tears as hundreds of people came up and gave as an act of worship. It was a beautiful thing.

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I was hoping for around a thousand dollars but I was blown away at the final count. When all was said and done our group of worshipers had given over $1800.00!!! I am absolutely amazed at the generosity of these beautiful people and am extremely humbled to have been a part.

If you would like to be a part CLICK HERE to go to Blood:Water Mission’s website and click the “Donate Online” button. Join us and give up your coffee money for a day or two and be a part of a life saving effort to bring clean water to Africa.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the work of Blood:Water Mission

10 comments:

Kristie Allen said...

WOW $1800! THAT HAS GOD ALL OVER IT! Thanks Jimmy for letting God use you to effect and bless so many, including me!

ben said...

That's awesome bro!

Riana said...

Jimmy, it's wonderful that you did this! It is indeed astonishing how much our fast food & snack money can do for others.

lee said...

good stuff bro...

we did a show for bloodwatermission last year & combined it for a blood drive w/great results...

it allowed us to be missional on a universal & local level all at the same time...

it's something that i'll never forget...

keep rockin'...

off the subject, but do you have the new kayne...?

if so, what do you think of it?

jimmy said...

I do have the new album by Mr. West... I liked the first one better. They're both bangin' though!

Katie H said...

I was startled to learn recently, in my "humans and the environment" class, just how many people in the world have unclean drinking water. it really made me think, if we all could give up our dependency on the convenience of pretty plastic individual bottles, we could use the money saved on packaging to help send clean water to places that sorely need it. blood:water mission sounds like an awesome organization.

Gina said...

I was so excited when we did this. I have supported blood:water mission for several months now. What really gets me is that for $1 you can provide clean water for 1 African for 1 year! Definitely worth it. Thanks Jimmy. As Rudy said, now lets go to Africa and dig!

joel said...

way to lead with a heavy and malleable heart, bro. I pray you never lose that and the people you lead continue to see Christ in your obediance. That post stokes me!!

--and thank you for the b-day wishes. Some friends from San Diego flew out here just in time. It was awesome.

Jarred D said...

i have to concur on two points

1)great post

2)secondly the album is banging

lastly i must disagree on one topic. the second album is way better than the first. it did musically for hip hop what no album has done, and thats break out of the mold production wise with the use of different/new instrumentation. traditionally the hip hop audience is not very accepting of this, yet kanye did this tremendously. I know im really off topic but i had to chime in. bye the way had fun on wednesday, hope you and katie did as well.

Brian Andresen said...

$1800! Incredible. When you floated the goal out there, I figured that $1000 was within reach of our group of assembled Sunday night worshipers, but I never expected that we'd nearly double that. I'm very glad to hear it.