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“Justice is when we take the incredible blessings we have received and we learn how to bless others in a way that isn’t charity, but is development” – Tre Shepard

Justice Water aims to empower developing communities with multipliable and sustainable water technologies, using resources that are available, affordable and acceptable to their culture and region. Since 2011, Justice Water has provided over 5000 people with clean drinking water around the world through projects and fundraising efforts. See us in action on this interactive map.

Melina and I will be volunteering with Justice Water as the team prepares to launch the Training manual on how to build water related projects in developing nations using local resources.Ripple Effect in Fall 2012. In addition to making videos like the one above, other projects that we’ll be working on include the following:

  Rain Catchment is simple in construction and a very inexpensive solution. Depending on tank size and rainfall, tanks can provide up to 100-600 people with clean drinking water

Bio-Sand filters are very simple in design. They are cheap to construct and can filter up to 99% of disease causing pathogens.

Bio-Sand filters are very simple in design. They are cheap to construct and can filter up to 99% of disease causing pathogens.

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Sanitation alone can reduce water related deaths by up to 35%. Latrines can cost as little as $20.Diarrhea kills 18 million people every year. 90% of these are children. A sustained effort to make Oral Hydration Solution (ORS) available and the standard in developing countries, can potentially solve the majority of this problem.

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The first time I heard about Youth With A MissionYWAM was from a friend who had been doing an outreach in Nepal. There was something about the stories she shared that made me wonder how the poor can have so little and yet possess so much. Years later, Melina started reading books about other missionaries who planted schools, healed the sick, and poured out their life for a cause they felt was greater than themselves. It messed with me to think that someone would give their life for another. If for someone you love, yes. But for a stranger? A thief? A Prostitute? A Murderer? That’s some kind of love.

I reckon it’s the same kind of love Jesus spoke of when he said, “greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s the kind of love that he demonstrated when he gave His life up for others. For me. For you. It’s the kind of love you experience on the inside that completely fills you. It’s the kind of love that wants out.

So In 2009 we decided to check out University of the Nations, a Christian missions training center in Kona, Hawaii. Every year, thousands of students take what they learn and experience in the classroom and go on an outreach of their choosing. The PhotoGenX school had just come back from a 1 year track around the world and produced a video that completely wrecked me.

After watching the video, I couldn’t stop thinking if the reason for my passion in media was so that I could give a voice to the voiceless? What if the reason I’m given so much was so that I can learn to give to others? What if the reason I’m loved was so that I could love others?

This is what YWAM is about – to know God’s love and to make His love known.

In 2010 we decided to join YWAM on a 6 month training program called Justice. We had an amazing time in Haiti providing clean water to villages, teaching english and administering basic healthcare. We even delivered a baby. After our outreach, we served at another YWAM base in Cambodia. We hope to continue our journey and inspire others as we have been inspired by those before us.

May you also be wrecked by love and ruined for the ordinary.

 

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Bees

The Liquid gold project is an attempt to make honey a sustainable food source in rural communities and set up businesses where wax byproducts can be sold.
  • PHASE 1: Learn what it takes to become a keeper of bees
  • PHASE 2: Sell honey and start a bee awareness campaign. 100% profits to go toward a Kiva project relating to honeybees
  • PHASE 3: Develop a a training manual in partnership with other beekeepers that can 1) teach locals in developing nations about the health benefits of honey and 2) train them how to keep bees as a sustainable food source and viable business