This has been a year fraught with strife, war, and sickness that have displaced millions from their homes, neighborhoods and countries. In numerous places around the Anglican Communion, the last twelve months have been just plain dangerous and sometimes even disastrous for our brothers and sisters.
ARDF has heard many awful stories from people suffering, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Thankfully, ARDF donors have responded generously to these pleas for relief – primarily in South Sudan ($46,200 given) and Iraq/Syria ($100,505 given). Such suffering offers an opportunity to support members of Christ’s family who are in need. As St. Paul says, “if one part of the body suffers, all suffer with it” (1 Cor 12:26).
Now, as we approach Thanksgiving, and Advent, ARDF is emphasizing clean water projects that have incredible potential to change lives in the developing world. We humans cannot live long without water—a mere 3-5 days. Water means life, and our bodies cannot function without it. Additionally, dirty water handicaps humans with debilitating illnesses that take away time from school and work, or even lead to death. Our Advent 2014 clean water video explains:
ARDF has supported four clean water projects over the past twelve months that are resulting in multiple wells and more than 40 protected naturals springs—and thousands of changed lives.
Additionally,we have two more projects in research: in South Sudan, Bishop Moses Deng needs five additional wells for the influx of 250,000 displaced persons in the Diocese of Wau, and the Anglican Church in Ica, Peru desperately needs a deep water well to provide water to an impoverished, desert community of more than 4,000 people.
ARDF’s Global Trustees approved $55,877 in June 2014 to protect forty-two more natural springs in the Diocese of Buye, Burundi. New concrete access ramps will keep the springs clean, and those using the springs will be trained in proper water hygiene. This project will impact 26,430 lives.
These three projects will impact about 300,000 people who are in need of clean water—but we need your help to raise enough money to complete them.
In the same way that clean water is essential for healthy living, so too clean spiritual water is essential for a healthy spiritual life. Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman at the well about “living water,” and he promised the woman—and us—“living water” that keeps the one who drinks it satisfied and even becomes within us “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14 and 7:37-39)!
Will you join me in giving a special donation to ARDF this year that will allow us to complete these vital clean water projects in South Sudan, Peru, and Burundi? Maybe our Anglican brothers and sisters far away could have a conversation with someone at the well about “a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
Best wishes for a spiritually rich and meaningful Advent.
We are so blessed to be in His Family,
Canon William E. Deiss
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