We live in a society that takes everything - money, food, water, etc. - for granted. We spend money on clothes, video games, alcohol, and music when that money could save millions of lives in impoverished countries over the world. Over 3.5 billion people live on just a dollar a day in the world. Over 16,000 children die of starvation every day, that is 1 child every 5 seconds. Over 10,000 children die of poor sanitation every day - mainly from diarrhea caused from contaminated water supplies.
There are 4.7 billion people in the world who do not call themselves a Christian, 1.7 billion of which have never even heard of the name of Jesus. These souls are at risks of spending an eternity separated from God if we do not step in and help get the Gospel to them. Many blame God for what they call this "injustice." "But the real injustice lies in Christians who possess the gospel and refuse to give their lives to make it known among those who haven't heard it. Additionally, the neglect of the poor illustrates much about where our hearts lie. Even more than that, the way we use our money is an indicator of our eternal destination."
America has taken the gospel and molded it to fit the "American dream" where we live comfortably and happily with our wife and kids giving the required 10% tithe. We take verses like John 3:16 and Jeremiah 29:11 which says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"" and say "Oh that applies to me! God loves me and everything is going to be good." Yet we ignore verses like Luke 18:22 which says "When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" and 1 John 3:17-1 which says "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." and say "Oh, those verses don't apply to me."
We are exceedingly rich compared with the rest of the world. As cadets we do only make a few hundred dollars a month, but we have all of our needs taken care of and if we truly wanted to, we could give a majority of our paycheck to the poor or to the Church. What do most cadets usually spend their money on? Booze, clothes, Grant Hall? These are not needs but simply wants. Prov. 28:27 says, "If you give to the poor, your needs will be supplied! But a curse upon those who close their eyes to poverty." And in 1 Timothy 6:17 it says "Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who always richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven--it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well."
Every day we take for granted fresh clean water. It is always within easy reach, a water fountain, bottles everywhere, a hot shower, sink faucets flow and drip constantly, we don't even think about it. Let's set aside a little something to help people we will never meet this side of eternity- and give the gift of clean water to an entire village! We will also be helping to share Jesus precious name with people that would never otherwise hear His saving Grace!!!! 100% of your donations goes to building this well!! It also helps the local economy because they use local companies. Every little (or big) gift helps! If we truly are children of God and if Christ truly is in us, then out of the love of Christ and His compassion, we should be moved to give generously for His name's sake. Read below about Jesus wells and how they help villages and the opportunity they provide to share the gospel.