Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes brings hope

By September 9, 2010

United Kingdom (MNN) — Water affects every aspect of life, yet
nearly one billion people around the world don't have access to clean drinking
water, and 2.6 billion still lack basic sanitation.

For those who are fortunate enough to find a source
of water, it's still not easy getting it back home. The average person in a developing nation walks nearly four miles every
day to get water. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 40 billion hours of labor are wasted each
year carrying water over long distances.

Even then, it's often contaminated, which translates to illness and death. Nearly 90 percent of
all diseases in the world are caused by the triple scourge of unsafe drinking
water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene.  

Statistics show that contaminated water kills more than two
million people a year. However, when
there's a well that provides clean, safe drinking water in the community, those
statistics not only drop, but the community benefits as well.

Whole villages transform, and the Gospel is a big part of that. That's
why the IN Network office in the United Kingdom is letting people get a feel for
what that's like through a "Walk for Water" event. It's a 10-mile walk through central London
on September 25th.

Through this event, IN Network hopes to raise funds to provide a cup of cold water
in Jesus' name for their projects in Ghana and Uganda. Please pray that God will provide the resources for
the wells in Africa.

There's more detail here.

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