A God-sized goal

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This month, we're honoring Team World Vision runners and the challenges they have faced and overcome. You can read Olympian Lopez Lomong's story here and Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer's story here.

Kristy Everard from Detroit is the third runner in our series. Read the challenging story that brought her to God and to Team World Vision, and the God-sized goal that she's running toward!

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Have you ever heard the nursery rhyme, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"? Well, was the spider. Life was the water spout. I hadn't been climbing long before the top of the spout was in sight: wonderful husband, amazing two-year-old daughter, beautiful home on a lake, baby on the way, emerging relationship with God. It couldn't get much better.

Then the rain came down. Only, it was more like a torrential downpour that had its sights set on me and the things I cherished.

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    Going Deep: Global Water Solutions

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    Pastor, speaker, and author Eugene Cho's parents grew up in extreme poverty in Korea. In this video interview, he describes the "not with hand-outs but with hand-ups" approach that gave them respect and dignity.

    World Vision approaches community development in this way, working toward significant and lasting change in communities around the world. In an excerpt from Eugene's new book Overrated, he describes how these solutions work best for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

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    New this month! Eugene Cho's new book Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? The post below is an excerpt …

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      Faith that stretches

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      Chicago teacher Daniel Bauer is a runner with Team World Vision, and leads his own team of student runners to raise money for clean water in Africa: "I know that God loves the poor and loves kids. Our marathon team is the perfect fusion of God’s love."

      Read about the challenges these kids have faced and overcome in order to help other kids around the world!

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      Has God ever told you anything that made you erupt in laughter? Sometimes all we can do is laugh when facing a giant challenge.

      In Genesis 17:16, God tells Abraham that his wife will bear him a son. Abraham believes that this is ridiculous. Verse 17 reads, "Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, 'Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?'"

      I can't say that I would have acted differently!

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        The longevity of World Vision water wells

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        Released today, a new scientific study by the UNC Water Institute shows that World Vision water wells continue to flow for decades. But not because the wells function better. They keep flowing for so much longer than usual because World Vision teaches the people who need that water how to repair broken wells!

        Read more about the study and see these programs in practice first-hand.

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        Today, we’re excited to announce the results of a new study by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Water Institute and Water and Sanitation for Africa. The study reveals critical information needed to help address the global water crisis, which UNICEF says kills 1,600 children a day. Read the full press release here.

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          Better lives for a village through clean water

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          12-year-old Ningsih rarely took a bath, not because she was lazy, but because it was a tedious uphill trek to the closest water source on her Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

          Now she can bathe whenever she wants because World Vision has brought clean water to her village!

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          Better lives for a village through clean water | World Vision Blog

           

          They would leave before dawn, trekking along the well-worn track to fetch water from a hilltop spring a kilometer away. Then came the hard part: the backbreaking trudge, carrying as many as eight bottles of water each. The next day, they would go again – and they had for years.

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            From asthmatic couch potato to crazy runner

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            "You're not going to believe what happened to me after 6 weeks …"

            Read how God is using Daniel's weakness to raise money for clean water in Africa!

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            "I’m a runner.”

            These words come a little easier than they used to. It’s still hard to believe that this is me now: a runner. A year and a half ago, running more than a mile seemed impossible.

            I have struggled with exercise-induced asthma all my life. Running was difficult and painful. I’ve tried to run at various times in my life, but I never enjoyed it. When you are fighting for every breath, it’s hard to enjoy the experience of running.

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              Clean water transforms lives of future generations

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              “The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children."

              Read how clean water is transforming the lives of an entire community in Thailand!

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              After World Vision’s installed water filter systems in Lampang village in Thailand, Mrs. Chanpen saw a significant difference in her children. She is the mother of three: Staff, 12, Satang, 9, and Stamp, 5.

              “The installation of the water filters has had a huge impact on our lives and I have seen a significant change in the energy levels and health condition of my children,” she says.

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                Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret

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                When World Vision provides a community with clean water, the impact of that water reaches much farther than the water the people drink. Latrines (sanitation) and proper hygiene (hand washing) are also crucial components of our holistic approach to community development.

                Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's recent visit to Zambia, where hygiene and sanitation are transforming the health and well-being of communities!

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                It’s tragic that 1,600 children die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and the lack of adequate hygiene and sanitation. That’s more than die from AIDS and malaria combined. Our water team at World Vision not only provides clean water to address this public health tragedy, but also works with communities to improve sanitation and hygiene.

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                  Frieda’s village in Zambia receives clean water

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                  To fully understand the impact of World Vision reaching a new person with clean water every 30 seconds, you need to get down to the individual villages and families whose lives are transformed by clean water.

                  Today we visit a community in Zambia … and see what makes them dance with joy!

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                  I’m visiting rural Zambia with our world-class World Vision Water team including Sebastian Kunda, program manager, and Nacula Bwalya, our local village water coordinator. Even though we’re not far from the capital of Lusaka, we are deep in rural Africa and have spent a few hours on dusty and bumpy roads to reach the village that is the focus of our visit.

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                    Water for Mutchenda

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                    Happening now: As World Vision child sponsorship gets started in our new Mutchenda community in Malawi, our rigs are already drilling boreholes to provide access to clean water!

                    Read how access to clean water can transform a community, and how you can help advocate for clean water.

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                    Over the Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I went camping with a group of friends in the Olympic National Forest of Washington state. Three days of food cooked over campfires, hiking, sleeping by a rushing river, and time with friends …

                    … three days without internet, without electricity, without showers, and with limited access to running water (which was cold).

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