something everyone should have

Photocredit: Esther Havens

I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Charity:Water project that John and I began as part of our Christmas.  I’m thrilled to report that $785 has been raised so far, a healthy chunk of our $5000 goal. [End of Tuesday update: $1485 has been given!]  I am so grateful for your kindness.  To be truthful, I’m not so comfy with fund-raising, and I hesitated before bringing this project before your eyes a second time today.

But this thing is not about my comfort level.  This is about getting clean water– the stuff we send by the quart down the drain while we scrub our teeth—  to children who may never ONCE have tasted clean water, kids who most likely have relatives who’ve died due to dirty water.

These days a couple thousand people stop by Owlhaven each day– you honor me, you really do.  If just 10% of us today would find it possible to give a gift of $25, we could have this thing done. Pile that $5000 up, send it off, get that well drilled.

Wow, I’d be thrilled to be part of such a miracle.  Could you be part of it too?


Matthew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”


  1. Here’s another way to help. Click on this blog link:
    and enter your email address in the field. Proctor & Gamble will donate one day of clean water for every day that you enter. (You will get a verification email the first time.)

  2. Glad to be part of the miracle…I just donated. Hope EVERYONE (at least way more than just 10%!) who enjoys your blog will just click on the link! Go for it!

  3. Do you take paypal? I have some extra $$ in my account that I’d be happy to send your way.

  4. Is there a way to donate by paypal?

  5. What an amazing organization– they’ve done so much in such a short period of time. Clean water is something that has always been on my heart… I can’t imagine living in a world where I had to give my child dirty, disease-infested water… no one should.

    I had one question for you– I read the founders story on the charity:water website and it sounds like he had a come-to-Jesus moment in his life. Do they provide those they have given clean water the Word of God as well? I was just curious. I was telling my husband about the org and how excited I was about what it was doing and how I plan to do my next triathlon and raise money through that.

    His response surprised me… he asked “Do they also share about the Living Water?” to which I said “I don’t know… does it matter? These people need clean water.” to which he said “Yes, they do… but why just save their lives here on earth? What is the point of that? Ultimately they need eternal life.”

    I tried to look on the charity:water website for an answer to this… I probably missed it as I had two little ones under foot at the time I was reading their website.

    If you have any info regarding this I would be happy to hear about it. And congrats on your fundraising thus far!

  6. I hope my last comment wasn’t taken the wrong way! I, in no way, think that clean water should only be given to Christians. This is a human rights issue… and EVERYONE deserves clean water to drink whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist…

    I was only wondering about this particular organizations ministry.

  7. I think your husband has a good point, and one I wondered about too after we started the campaign. I do think that the gal who has done a lot of the photography for them is a Christian– she’s the one I heard at the adoption conference in the fall. But I’m not really sure if the organization as a whole tells people about Jesus. Perhaps you could contact the organization and ask? And don’t worry, I totally understand where you’re coming from in your questioning…