When I Was Thirsty…


In Ghana, a woman gathers water from a stagnant pool. Next to air, water is our most essential need.

Next to air, water is our most essential need. In the United States, most of us are blessed to have clean, abundant water to drink and use for cooking, growing food, washing clothes, and flushing toilets. We seldom worry that the water we drink could make us sick — or even kill us. 

Around the world, hundreds of millions of people do not share this blessing. That’s why it is important to champion the right of people everywhere to have access to affordable, safe, convenient drinking water.

Every day, more than 1,600 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe water. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children younger than 5.

Ask God to protect children from the dangers of unsafe water: 

“Dear God, touch these precious little ones. Give them Your strength to fight off the illnesses that wrack their bodies. Bring them clean, pure water for their future.” 

Photo©2007 Esperanza Ampah/World Vision

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