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Resolutions with a Purpose

Each new year is a fresh start, holding the promise of possibility, change, and hope. Many of us set resolutions, inspired by the chance to start over, hoping that 2018 will be the year that we finally accomplish that one particular goal. Resolutions are a great thing – an opportunity to learn and grow, to become more compassionate and to refocus our priorities on the things that matter most. But what if we could multiply the power of our resolutions this year? What if our personal goals could also create change for thousands of people around the world? Today and every day this ... Read More

Life With a Lot Less

Ubelia Escobar and her family now have access to safe water!
Ubelia Escobar and her family now have access to safe water!

We talk about money a lot at Water Mission. It is a topic that touches almost every aspect of what we do. It’s also an issue that weaves in and out of our daily lives and the lives of those we serve. Sometimes conversations about money are difficult because, let’s be honest, it can be a touchy subject. But there are other times when it’s something to celebrate. For example, let’s talk about Ubelia Escobar, a mother of three, grandmother of two, who lives in Barrio Bella Vista, Honduras. With her, the conversations about money are easy and joy-filled because the ... Read More

Focusing on the Forgotten

Sean McSwain (Project Manager) prays with the team before a day of disaster relief.
Sean McSwain (Project Manager) prays with the team before a day of disaster relief.

When Water Mission Project Manager Sean McSwain sat down to explain his upcoming trip to Puerto Rico to his two young children, he was prepared with pictures of the damage Hurricane Maria inflicted on the island. “Imagine not being able to go and get water to drink. Imagine not being able to take a bath or watch TV for months at a time,” he said. Not being able to watch TV caught their attention – their eyes opened wider. “Our goal is to go and try to provide clean water,” Sean continued. “We make sure that kids like you don’t have ... Read More

Generosity: Worth the Effort

Generosity: Worth the Effort
Generosity: Worth the Effort

Every year, my late mother-in-law would prepare an Advent calendar for her children. During the month of December, every night after dinner, the kids would get to open up the little compartment for that day and pull out a piece of scripture, a meaningful quote, a prayer, or whatever it may have been that she had painstakingly written out, rolled, tied, and placed over the course of the previous year. On the floor in front of the Advent calendar would be a pile of twenty-five, individually wrapped, numbered gifts — one for every day of December up to Christmas. These ... Read More

Safe Water and the Gift of Peace

Felis bathes her youngest granddaughter with safe water.
Felis bathes her youngest granddaughter with safe water.

In rural northeastern Honduras, Felis Marina Lanza now wakes up each morning with one less thing to worry about. In her community of Barrio Bella Vista, the presence of safe water has brought peace to the families that call it home. A mother of three grown children and caretaker of two young grandchildren, Felis works hard to provide for her family by doing laundry for others in the community, earning a meager two dollars per day ­– just enough to sustain her growing family. Read More