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Published on 18 July, 2013

Children lead the way in the water crisis solutions.

USA (LWI/MNN) – This next story goes to prove that you’re never too young to get involved as a solution to world problems or the Great Commission.

First, the problem: 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water-that’s 1 in 9 people. In the places where Living Water International works, the number is more like 1 in 2.

Helping communities create sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene, and Christian witness programs in partnership with local churches is just the best way we’ve found to do that. Why? Because the water crisis affects poverty, women, health and education, it quickly becomes a spiritual issue.

Now, the solution: for LWI, it’s about demonstrating God’s love, announcing his kingdom, seeing Jesus in the least of our brothers and sisters, offering a cup of water in Jesus’ name and proclaiming his gospel, the living water.

(Photo courtesy Living Water International) Sharing about the water crisis and how to be part of the solution.

(Photo courtesy Living Water International) Sharing about the water crisis and how to be part of the solution.

When 10-year-old Matti Maretoli first learned of the water crisis through Living Water International, she mobilized her Taekwondo class to help raise $100 for clean water. She went on to organize a 6K Walk 4 Water to allow her friends the experience of hauling water in developing countries-and inspire other kids with the message that they can make a difference. Together, they raised $5,000!

One of those she inspired was Hattie, a kindergartener who heard Matti speak at school. Moved to help, Hattie thought about what she could offer and decided to write and sell poems door-to-door in her neighborhood.

LWI notes that both girls are the epitome of what John said in his epistle: “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”

In the beginning, God spoke and things happened-words inspiring action. God’s words created newness, enacted change, and still do. So maybe Hattie’s poetry will also be the genesis of something big-the drawing together of her life and those of the thirsty through words AND action.

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