Over 1.5 billion people around the world have to walk many miles each day to access water for drinking and for personal hygiene.
Water Mission, based in Charleston, South Carolina, “is a Christian engineering nonprofit that builds safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in developing countries and disaster areas” (quoted from Water Mission’s Facebook page).
I became acquainted with their work a dozen years ago, as I was serving as a pastor in Charleston; and living now in the Columbia area, I was reminded of their wonderful work, as they came to help provide potable water to the residents of Columbia this past October during our historic flooding.
We’ll depart Transfiguration Lutheran Church after worship on Palm Sunday, March 20th, and plan to arrive at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in time for the Maundy Thursday service on March 24th.
If you’d rather not walk the entire110 miles, you may consider walking a day-long segment, or you may choose to support the effort by offering a monetary gift for Water Mission in one of two ways:
You may send a check Payable to: “South Carolina Synod, ELCA” For: “Water Mission”
and Mail it to: South Carolina Synod, ELCA, 1003 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Give online at: watermission.org/donate/ and specify “2016 Water Walk to Charleston” in the comments section of the online donation form.
Sunday: Cayce → Sandy Run (16 miles)
Monday: Sandy Run → Cameron (23 miles)
Tuesday: Cameron → Holly Hill (24 miles)
Wednesday: Holly Hill → Ridgeville area (25 miles)
Thursday: Ridgeville area → Charleston-West Ashley (22 miles)
Sunday’s walk will begin after 10 AM worship (about 11:15 AM). Otherwise, each day’s walk will begin at 7 AM and end at 5-6 PM, and we will be overnighting in churches along the way.
If you are interested in walking, even a few miles, email me at: email@example.com and I will be glad to share with you a suggested list of items to bring along on your walk. (Any under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult!).
If you are not inclined to walk, I hope you will give generously, so that others may enjoy the benefit of clean water that you and I take for granted each day! Thank you for your support and your prayers!
Pastor Ron Brown and Jim Cobb