Living Water 7

9 09 2011

Tropical to sub-tropical Mozambican climate with coastal temperatures high for much of the year while the interior is warm to mild, even in the cooler, dry season from April to September. In the south the hot, humid rainy season is from December to March, farther north this period lengthens by a few weeks. Coastal northern Mozambique climate is occasionally affected by tropical cyclones. It is usually sunny throughout the year.


Where in the world is

23 08 2011

the Mozambique mission team going to be?

Here is our tentative itinerary.

Living Water 3

12 08 2011

Where is Mozambique?

And So Began My Love Affair With Water

1 08 2011

In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 40 billion hours of labor are wasted each year carrying water over long distances.

Access to clean water is the foundation for other forms of development. Without easy access to water that is safe, countless hours are spent in water collection, household income is spent on purchasing water and medical treatment for water-related diseases. These factors contribute to keeping people trapped in poverty.

The statistics indicate a two-way relationship between extreme poverty and lack of access to safe water. More than a billion people live on less than a dollar a day, including the vast majority of those without access to safe water.

“Water management is a key factor in the global battle to remove the scourge of extreme poverty and to build secure and prosperous lives for hundreds of millions of people in the developing world.” – World Health Organization, 2007

Living water 1

29 07 2011

Every Friday I will try to post facts about Mozambique and/or safe water.

In Mozambique extreme poverty remains widespread, with low life expectancy and a high child mortality rate. The government estimates that over half of the population does not have safe water to drink. This situation, combined with inadequate sanitation, means that water-related illnesses become killers, with diarrhea causing around 10% of deaths in children under the age of five. – WaterAid

Waka waka

26 07 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

As some of you may know, I visited Africa in 2006.  During the trip I saw many unforgettable sights: lions mating, zebras on the Serengeti and baby elephants.  I also saw women walking along the roads with jugs of water on their heads and on their backs.  Eastern African was in the middle of a drought and water was hard to come by.  I will never forget the rusty color of muddy water that was filling the yellow water jugs as children played in the water hole.

For the last two years my church, The Gathering, has used our Christmas Eve offering to fund wells for safe water in Africa- our money helped to build 3 wells in Mozambique. This October, a group of us will be visiting Mozambique on a mission trip.  We’ll be nurturing a relationship with the village by helping with construction, tutoring and teaching basic computer and Internet skills.

Why is a well important?
•    It provides safe water for local people.
•    Saves time- previously women had to fetch river water from miles away.
•    Helps turn previously barren land into several acres of crops.

Why is supporting the training center important?
•    The training center will maintain the well.
•    Keeps the well from being co-opted by one person.
•    Ensures continued public access to safe water.
•    Provides skills and services to locals.

I’ve committed to raising $4,000.  The money will go toward building supplies, training materials, and offsetting the housing and transportation costs.

I know giving to charitable causes is very personal.   If you currently support a cause and cannot contribute, I understand. However, if you are looking for a cause to support, I believe this is a worthy one and hope you will support in whatever way you feel comfortable.   A financial contribution will be VERY helpful, but if that isn’t an option right now there are other ways to be a part of my success.  Consider donating some of your contacts by sharing this letter with other family member or friends who might want to support this cause.
If you’re the praying kind, any and all prayers for myself, the team, the towns and villages we’ll be working with would be much appreciated.
If you would like to support me financially, please send your tax free donation to me by Aug 15th (shoot me an email/leave a comment if you need my address).  Checks should be made out to The Gathering with Mozambique mission in the memo line. If you would like to keep updated about this, I’ll be posting about preparing for the trip here and if/when possible I’ll up date the blog in Africa.

Lots of Love!