60 children from small rural town save 3,000 lives
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 4:34 pm
The Messenger, April 26, 2012
By TIM SPAIN
Special to The Messenger
In the fall of 2011, when our On Track children decided they wanted to give clean water to those who do not have it, I had no idea how we were going to accomplish this goal. We decided to partner with Healing Hands International in Nashville, because they have clean water projects all over the world. I did not know if we would be able to raise the $4,800 needed to build a well, but I also knew whatever we raised was going to save lives. We wanted a goal that was reachable, but would stretch us. Thanks to our On Track children, partners in the community with generous hearts and donations from all kinds of unexpected places, we have exceeded our goal.
On March 28, about 70 walkers went eight laps around Trojan Park in Troy to raise money for the well. Some even attempted to do a lap while carrying a five-gallon jug filled with water (about 40 pounds, but I assure you it feels much heavier). About halfway into our walk, I was able to announce, “We have met our goal.”
Thanks to our Walk4water, 3,000 people, who have to walk long distances everyday to get dirty water, will now be able to go to a local well and have clean water, and it will drastically change their lives for the better.
But this also changed lives locally. This project challenged our children and youth to see how blessed we are and to reach out and bless others. It challenged our congregation to think big and walk in faith as we watch God come through. Personally it challenged my faith, as I was reminded what incredible things God can do with one little idea. Our On Track members did an amazing job getting sponsors, walking and loving their neighbor locally and halfway around the world.
That night in a short devotional, I talked about the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6. All the disciples knew is that there was a huge crowd and they were hungry. It was a child that offered the five loaves and two fish, simply giving what he had to Jesus. This well is like that experience for us. We had a little idea, gave it to God and He blessed it so much there is some left over to start another well. All we can do if offer God what we have, and He can bring amazing things from our offering.
If you would like to donate to the Walk4water, you can donate online at www.walk4water.org, or send checks to Healing Hands International, Attention: Troy Walk4water, 455 McNally Drive, Nashville, TN 37211.
The On Track well will be built South Sudan in Africa. Construction will begin in late summer or early fall, after their rainy season.
Sponsors for the event helped make it all possible and we are grateful. They include Lipscomb University in Nashville, First State Bank, Shaw Automotive, Sullivan Dentistry, KYTN 104.9, Williams Sausage, Harris Chiropractic, Beard and Sisco Investement and Baptist MemorialHospital-Union City.
Editor’s note: Tim Spain is youth and family minister at Troy Church of Christ.