40 Days of Water

Today is World Water Day, and as such I thought it would be a great opportunity to tell you all about something I’m doing along with others in our church to raise money to build wells in Africa.

Many Christians observe the season of Lent by fasting from something they enjoy in order to focus more on God and their spiritual journey. For forty days – between Ash Wednesday and Easter – people will go without all sorts of things such as alcohol, meat, watching television and the like.

We’re putting a different spin on it.

This particular Lenten season many of the folks at Artisan Church are participating in something called 40 Days of Water. Between now and Easter we are drinking nothing but tap water. Instead of buying that morning cup of coffee, or bottled water, or that pint of beer when we’re out with friends, we’re instead donating the money we would have spent to the Ugandan Water Project to help build clean water wells in Africa.

For me it’s been a great learning exercise that has reminded me just how much I take safe drinking water for granted every day. For example, the first thing I do every morning when I wake up is pee in a big bowl of it. It’s sobering to consider.

I’d like to encourage you to join us. It’s never too late to start and it doesn’t matter where you live. You can donate to the Ugandan Water Project on their website or through Artisan’s giving page. Or you can join the movement through Blood: Water Mission – the originators of the idea.


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