40 Days of fasting could get a few wells built!!!!

     So this is day four of a movement known as the Forty Day Fast, a group of bloggers trying to answer the cry of the oppressed by bringing the kingdom of God here to earth as He wanted us to do. I encourage everyone reading this to go here each day to find out what God has laid on the hearts of the others taking part in the fast. Annie is on team one today, so be sure to check out her post as well.

     About a year ago I made a simple t- shirt that started a movement known as JeseusGreaterThan.org . I had no idea at the time that God was going to use the t-shirts in the way that He has. One year in and we have launched  three campaigns that we hope will raise awareness and funds to benefit those less fortunate than us around the world. Jesus>War was created to help raise scholarship funds for children whose parents have paid the ultimate price serving our country. All profits from the Jesus>Poverty campaign help to feed and clothe children living in poverty throughout the world by supporting Compassion International . Jesus>Thirst, in partnership with Blood:Water Mission  and Brody Harper  hopes to provide clean drinking water for every person living in Africa. I feel that God has called each campaign to fulfill His mission on earth, but today I want to focus on Jesus>Thirst

     Jesus>Thirst raises money to bring clean water to African communities through well building efforts. The campaign started about four months ago at the church I attend through a youth generated program called Quench.  . I have the privilege of being the middle and high school worship leader for a youth program that is truly representing the arms of Christ globally. The youth of St. Marks church in Burlington, N.C. partnered with the 410 Bridge organization  to raise money to build wells in African villages that had no or limited access to clean water. I was so moved by their hearts for God’s people that I designed Jesus>Thirst t shirts with all sales profits going to the Quench campaign. This group of young people raised close to fifty thousand dollars to help fight the thirst epidemic affecting millions in a country that the majority had never even visited. Praise God. Faith and passion for a God that is bigger than any of us can possibly understand will always prevail.

     While Quench was actively helping solve the thirst issue in Africa, Brody Harper, a friend of mine, felt called to get involved with some well building himself. Brody challenged his blog readers to donate money so he could send a check to Blood:Water Mission for their well building projects. Having seen the success of the Quench campaign, we decided to continue the Jesus>Thirst sales and donate all proceeds to Blood:Water Mission. And that’s where we stand. Trying to build wells for African communities that otherwise would have none. As in all countries and homes around the world, clean water is the foundation for life necessities in African communities. Women and children walk many miles a day just to retrieve clean water for their villages. People die daily just because they lack clean water. Clean water builds stronger communities that will grow and flourish.

     But here is the thing. One American dollar, four quarters, ten dimes, or twenty nickels  will allow one African to have clean water for one year. This is amazing. It is amazing because it is absolutely unacceptable that anyone in Africa, or on the planet for that matter, should be without water. It is absolutely unacceptable that we would choose to use our resources for so many different things that do nothing to further the kingdom here on Earth. Christ asked us to take care of the poor. To love the less fortunate and provide for them. And that is what were are trying to do at JesusGreaterThan. Our call is to raise financial support and awareness for those less fortunate, for the oppressed and marginalized, and just trying to love unconditionally with a huge heart for others.

     Please pray for the Forty Day Fast . Pray about all of the things you read about and talk to others about what it is that God lays on your hearts while reading these blogs. Pray that we will all  be open to whatever it is that God has in store for us to further his kingdom, no matter what that may be. Go to Blood:Water and find out if there is anyway that you can get involved. Go to JesusGreaterThan.org and buy a Jesus>Thirst t- shirt to help support the building of a well in Africa. But most of all pray that all Christians are inspired into some kind of action to further the kingdom here on earth. To answer the cries of the oppressed with the love of Christ.