by Hector Meza
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
“Everyday 1.1 billion people have to wash with, bathe in, and drink more dirty water. That’s the same as the population of North America and Europe. We can’t live with that. Can You?” This was the question asked in a video presented to our youth to get them invested in our 30 Hour Thirst. In years past the youth had participated in the 30 Hour Famine to help feed the poor. This year we will be raising money to buy water filtration systems from Compassion International. We’re coming to the realization that having access to clean water affects all components of life including food.
The goal of our 30 Hour Thirst is threefold. First, we aim to recognize and minister to the thirsty in our own community. The night of Friday, July 18th the youth will host a carnival for children at the Maple Leaf Recreation Center. Through games, music and skits we hope to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ. Second, we aim to recognize our own thirst for God. We will take part of that night to worship, pray and hear God’s word. Finally, we will recognize the physical thirst of those around this world. We will raise money beginning that night and throughout the summer to purchase $80 water filtration systems. Each one is able to filter about 1 million gallons of dirty water so that the people of developing countries may have access to education and food.
Please pray for the teens as they look to care for the hungry and thirsty in our world. If you would like to partner with the youth or find out more about this project please contact Pastor Hector or visit www.water.compassion.com/about-water-of-life/
Director of Youth Ministries