Now, they can drink

Now, they can drink | World Vision Blog

Max Lucado visits Ethiopia with World Vision. (Photo: 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Pastor and author Max Lucado has spent his career bringing the living water of the Gospel to the world.

Max is also a long-time partner of World Vision, and this winter hosted a social fundraiser hoping to bring clean water to 20,000 people in Ethiopia.

See how many people will receive clean water through Max and his readers …


Now, they can drink | World Vision Blog
Photo: 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision

It was hard to forget the muddy water.

There is much about the trip to Ethiopia that I cannot remember. But I still remember the muddy water. Even five years later. I still recall the sight of the little boy filling the water pot with dirty, brown, muddy water.

His daily chores included a long walk through a dry valley on dusty trail that led him to a pool of dirty water. Donkeys drank there. Monkeys played there. And the boy got his family’s water there.

He had no other choice. He had no other source.

He was seven, maybe eight years of age. Dark skin and bright eyes. He had all the marks of a happy kid. I remember thinking: “The little guy deserves some clean water.”


Now, he has it. Thanks to gracious folks like you, thirty thousand people in the Oromia region of Ethiopia are about to have their worlds changed for the better. Last November, I came to you with a request. Would you help me raise a million dollars so that 20,000 people can have access to clean water? Boy, did you ever respond. Our goal of $1,000,000 was exceeded by 50%! We ended up with $1,556,331.93!

That’s 31,126 people who will receive clean water!

Thirty thousand! Imagine a baseball stadium full of happy Ethiopians. Now, imagine them shouting out a heartfelt “thank you!” On their behalf, may I say to you, “Way to go!”

Now World Vision will oversee the construction of 75 water wells. I can’t think of anyone better qualified to do this than the wonderful people of World Vision. They are currently reaching one new person every 30 seconds with clean water. This is the type of scale needed to solve the global water crisis. They provide water that lasts.  The community engagement model of World Vision results in communities taking ownership so that water continues to flow. World Vision was recognized by the Hilton Foundation as a leader in creating long lasting water wells.

Now, they can drink | World Vision Blog
Max and Denalyn Lucado with Mimi, the girl they sponsor in Ethiopia. (Photo: 2009 Jon Warren/World Vision)


Clean water means everything. Clean water greatly reduces the odds of sickness and malnutrition. Easy access to a water source will free family members (primarily women) from the long, painstaking task of filling water pots. A strong water source can even irrigate an entire valley.

Clean water changes lives. And you just changed 30,000 of them! Thank you!!! Or, as they say in Ethiopia: “Amah-Sigah-Nalu.”

This past winter, Max Lucado raised $1.5 million for clean water in Ethiopia through his own World Vision social fundraising web page. You can set up your own fundraising page for clean water, too!

What you do today could change a child’s tomorrow! Nearly 1,600 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. Sponsor a child in a community in Ethiopia that desperately needs access to safe water, and be a key part of World Vision’s work to provide a new person with clean water every 30 seconds.

As your child’s only sponsor, you can encourage them through your prayers and correspondence while helping their entire community thrive—not only with safe water, but also through basic healthcare, education, economic opportunities for their families, and a full life. The kind of life God intends.


    I am so impressed with the good work that World Vision is doing. God richly bless the sponsors. My heartfelt gratitudes to David and Linda Burkhardt who sponsored me. I am where I am today because World Vision helped me found the way. Long live World Vision.

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