LWI’s Mission Statement
(taken directly from their website):
“Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and experience “living water”—the gospel of Jesus Christ—which alone satisfies the deepest thirst.”
When you pick up a copy of my book, Scars of the Heart: Using discernment to avoid your worst dating nightmare – (coming 2018), you will find in the intro that I am donating royalties to Living Water International. This is my favorite charity for a lot of reasons, but one big reason is that I have seen first-hand how lives are changed immediately and eternally. And it just so happens to be based out of my favorite state, Texas. It began over 25 years ago with a mission to bring clean water to communities all over the world while sharing the true Living water, Jesus Christ.
Water is the most basic necessity of life. Many people have to travel long, difficult distances, spending hours of their valuable time standing in line instead of in classrooms, jobs or tending to the needs of a home. They are also putting their safety at risk from baking under the sun to being attacked by predators. Unclean water often times leads to waterborne illnesses causing extreme diarrhea to the point of dehydration and death. LWI provides direct access to clean water in hard to reach communities, directly impacting the lives of families in a tangible and eternal way.
In addition to the 18,000+ wells providing safe water, their volunteers teach the importance of hand washing and hygiene. One of my favorite lessons for the mom’s and children of Nicaragua was about germs. We used green glitter and giant toy fly. It landed on a pile of (fake) dung covered in the glitter, then buzzed around landing on the children, depositing that green glitter piece by piece to each of the children’s hands. They quickly grasped the concept of how easily germs spread from the things we touch, showing the importance of hand washing prior to eating. We also spent a long time demonstrating how to thoroughly wash hands and clean under nails. This concept alone can do great lengths of putting a stop to spreading illnesses.
Each day we spent time teaching Bible stories of our choice. I often chose ones that involved acting to engage the children more. My favorites that really brought smiles to their faces were the stories of the Lost Sheep and the Good Samaritan. Both have great messages about God’s love & care and were easily tied up with how He wants a relationship with everyone.
Once the well is complete, a wonderful celebration takes place with the entire community! A local pastor comes and shares a message from God’s Word and a ceremony of thanksgiving takes place. Soon after, the first pumps of the new well bring forth drops of clean, readily available water to all!
By donating to this organization, lives are changed. The outcome is so easy to see and the message is so important for life! I’ve seen it with my own eyes! This is why I have chosen to donate royalties from every one of my books that is sold. If you are interested in donating now (since my book doesn’t come out until the beginning of 2018), you can visit my donation page here.
If you’ve ever wanted to take a 6-7 days and have the most impactful and life-changing week you’ll ever experience, you can find out more information here about short term trips.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about how God is moving around the world through Living Water International. I will soon share posts written from my diary while I was on my own short term trip to Nicaragua in 2014.
Be Blessed, Be Thankful, & Keep Shining!
~ Lindsey Alaine
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14