When I first started Water 2 Egypt people would tell me, “I never thought that Egypt would need clean water!” When I hear about the water crisis that has scooped up churches to provide resources for wells in Africa, I sometimes have to control my want to shout out “Water is a global issue!” I know that there is a significant need for water and sanitation on the continent of Africa, but what about in rural villages in developing countries? What about developing countries in general? In America, we sometimes get caught up in making emotional decisions without actually addressing the root of the problem. Americans are notorious for simply trying to throw money at something to fix it without first exploring why the problem actually exists.
According the United Nations, 783 million people do not have access to clean water worldwide. Also to note, 2.5 BILLION people lack access to adequate sanitation. As a result Water.org reported that 3.4 million people die each year of treatable water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases. One of the best ways to solve this problem is to have daily access to clean water. It is as simple as that. And with these facts in my head and a recent trip to Upper Egyptian villages, I started Water 2 Egypt.
I was a senior in high school when I started to get everything put into motion for the W2E launch. I started out with high hopes and expectations and very quickly realized that there was a lot of work to be done and I began to lose my outlook for Water 2 Egypt. I figured that I would only be able to raise a few hundred dollars that might be able to scrounge up enough to buy one water system. I limited myself and I limited God. I learned that limiting yourself and limiting God is the dumbest thing you can do as a Christian. God provided a way for more than $42,000 to be donated in just over a year’s time, which has provided 5 operational systems and another 5 ready to be installed.
In Matthew 6:33-34, we as Christians are instructed to seek the Kingdom of God and God will provide. We are also told that we do not need to worry about tomorrow because our hope, faith and trust should be in God that He will provide. As a Christian leader, this is one of the biggest lessons I have learned. And now I want to share it with you. If there is an issue that breaks your heart and you want to see it fixed, put faith in God and let Him show you what all you can do. Go and provide water for the rest of the world, go end slavery and human trafficking, go provide medical care to those who need it.
Put your faith that God will provide for you when you step up and take the initiative.