There may not be a lot of good news in the media, but I have cause to celebrate!
COVID may still be occupying most of the headlines worldwide and resultantly negatively affecting the economy as well as the hopes and dreams of countless others, yet I have a reason to get up and dance. Reason being that within the last few weeks I’ve funded 17 projects in 3 different states. You might not think that’s celebration worthy but considering donations have fallen off dramatically since COVID first hit and its now August, and yet I’m still able to drill wells; well that’s cause for me to say “raise the roof”. I would also bet that for the 17 villages, schools and/or communities which will have access to these new projects, representing thousands of lives, it is a miracle of God to them too.
I read an article the other day which spoke of the spread of COVID in India and how it’s producing large numbers of positive cases in the rural populations of 10 states and many think India soon will surpass the US in total number of cases and in deaths. What happens in the future with COVID remains to be seen, interestingly though is that all of our work is within 7 of the 10 states that are experiencing the most number of positive cases. What I take from this fact is simple; we’re at work in rural areas which are impacted significantly by COVID. This creates an opportunity for me to not shrink from the challenge but embrace it and look for opportunities to make a difference.
When these projects are completed, we will have brought water to 43 new places in 2020! God willing another 10 to 20 projects will happen before the year closes out and an opportunity for me to travel and open a significant number of these projects will take place.
Let me wrap this up with a simple prayer which I try to remember to pray each day, especially in these COVID times, a prayer that keeps my focus where it should be; “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For the Kingdom and the power and the glory are your forever. Amen.”