70,000 Lives Can Be Changed Next Week By You

Children-getting-water3Dear Friend,

I bought a bottle of drinking water at the gas station the other day, and was amazed at the choices—plain water, sparkling water, water from Fiji, from France, from Switzerland . . . flavored water, and even “Smart Water”! Billions of dollars are spent annually on bottled water. We can also turn the tap at home any time and safely drink what pours out.

In other parts of the world, almost a BILLION PEOPLE draw drinking water from polluted ponds or slow moving streams that contain human waste, people bathe, wash clothes, and animals live.

Finding any water is a daily life and death struggle.  Do they drink it and risk sickness and even death, or don’t drink knowing death could come today?   

  • Over 4,000 children die every day from water related illnesses.
  • 3.4 MILLION people die each year from a water related disease.
  • Waterborn illnesses such as cholera, typhoid, and parasites are easily preventable with water purification.

Drilling wells is not the perfect answer. Wells can break, often only work in rainy seasons, and shallow well water can still be dangerous. Thugs also take control and demand payment for well access.

We are so thrilled to report that we have found a solution to this problem!  
It is the LifeStraw, a simple non-electrical, personal-use water filtration system that easily purifies even the most polluted water. They are easy to use and last a year or more!

Equipped with the LifeStraw, families have a safe, clean water supply and are protected from life-threatening illnesses.

At the end of April, we return to Ethiopia to a new location called Hosanna. The Hebrew definition of the term hosannais “salvation.” We are so excited to provide immediate clean water access and share the Living Water of Yeshua with the thirsty!

We will distribute LifeStraws, teach water safety and sanitation, and our medical clinic will offer medical, dental, and optical care.

  • We currently have 6,000 LifeStraws to distribute.
  • There are an estimated 70,000 Gefat people living around Hosanna.

The need is great!

The LifeStraw is a powerful addition to our outreach, because clean water will prevent many of the problems we treat at the clinics. Going beyond treatment to prevention represents a major step in the right direction . . . and the difference between life and death for many.

Will you partner with us in this life-saving mission? Your gift today will enable us to treat and help more of these precious people during the five days of the clinic.

A single LifeStraw is only $15.  For $30 we can provide two LifeStraws, and for just $60 we can distribute four of these life-saving devices (cost includes transport to the Ethiopian clinic).

Lifestraw4EAppealAs a LifeStraw Partner when you send your gift of $60 or more, we will send YOU a LifeStraw. It’s a wonderful prayer reminder, and you might use it one day on the mission field!

As a Clinic Sponsor when you send a gift of $100 or more, we will include your name in the photo book that will capture and chronicle scenes from our Ethiopia outreaches in early 2013. Shortly after the clinics are over, we’ll send you a copy of this wonderful publication as a lasting reminder of your generous investment in the lives of the Gefat in Hosanna, Ethiopia.

As I think of the great need for clean water among the Gefat, I can’t help but think of the words of Yeshua to John:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life” (Revelation 21:6).

AddisHosannaPhotoBook-_-LifeStraw4EAppealThank you in advance for your response to meet this urgent need and for your prayer support which we greatly appreciate. God bless you.

To the Jew first and also to the Nations,

Jonathan Bernis

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