Well . . . The Directors and officers of The Blessing of Water are a small community of Christ believers learning to walk as Jesus the Christ walked (1 John 2:6). We spend our days working with our hands to provide for our own needs and those of the poor, studying the holy Scriptures, writing books, tracts, and songs; witnessing wherever we are at i.e. on street corners, universities, etc.; fellowshipping together and with others abroad striving together for the faith of the gospel. We have learned how to live simply, that others may simply live. Five of the officers and directors of the organization live off of about $350 each every month. We have earned this and more doing construction work across the country.
We believe love must be without dissimulation (Romans 12:9). We do not dissimulate or flatter to butter up your fingers that your money may slip through them into our organization. But we exhort everyone to "love your neighbor as yourselves" whether by using your time and resources directly through your own efforts as opportunities arise or are discovered or by financially supporting REAL charitable organizations whom you trust with your resources that are really helping the poor. For to love in this way is one's DUTY, not a FAVOR (Luke 17:10).
I hope all who have read this page in its entirety walk away from their computers or cell phones edified, challenged, hopeful, and encouraged to live a more sacrificial life which is more consistent with the testimony of Jesus and the Christian faith.
THE WATER CRISIS
In 2015 we learned more about the universal water crisis; that many (primarily children and women) are traveling to and fro for several hours seven days a week to fetch unclean water for themselves and their families . . . water contaminated with e. coli, salmonella, cholera, leeches, worms, etc. . . . and that some fetch this unclean water with great risks i.e. kidnapping, rape, being sold as slaves or prostituted, mauled by wild animals, and so forth.
THE PROBLEM IS BIG
We have been informed from various charities, reports, and websites that there are hundreds of millions of people across the earth struggling everyday to obtain one of life's most necessary, basic and unappreciated blessings, even WATER. Many feel overwhelmed when considering that there are millions of people living this way. They desire to help but become quickly discouraged feeling that they are of little significance in light of this massive problem.
THE PROBLEM IS SOLVABLE
All that is required is for every believer to do what they can. To better understand what each believer can do takes time. For us it was acknowledging various things which we knew we either did not need or was useless to the kingdom of God. We sold our decorations, collectibles, knick knacks, and other items we did not need. We stopped spending money on soda, candy, and other "junk food's". For others, it may also be parting with unprofitable entertainments, useless hobbies, and various vacations. According to different websites, the average American family spends $1050.46 each year on ice cream, candy, and soda alone, $2,550.33 on entertainment, $4,580 a year on vacations for a total of $8,180.79 a year! Every believer is called to love their neighbor as themselves. If you were the unfortunate born into severe poverty, your parents took refuge in a foreign country or have been killed in war or by disease, etc., and you knew that there were other Christians across the earth who knew of your condition, had the power to help, but chose to spend those resources on entertainment, useless foods, vacations, decorations, etc., would you be loved? Would you be of the opinion that they are fulfilling the "Royal Law"? Again, what if you were the unfortunate born in the aforementioned circumstances struggling to find water to drink and food to eat and someone gave you $500 . . . would you care so little for yourself as to use it for entertainment, decorations, hobbies, etc.? Of course not. No one of a sound mind would do such a thing. SOLUTION: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.
"BUT I DO LOVE MY NEIGHBOR"
Many agree with the principles of the Christ, but it is the application of the principles that matters. For some may "love their neighbor" yet fail to "love their neighbor as themselves" depending on the application. Perhaps those who love their neighbors, but not as they love themselves will be the determining factor of what is a sheep and what is a goat in the following Scriptures, "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" (Matthew 25:31-46). NOTICE: The goats responded to their judgment "When did we NOT see Thee and minister unto Thee?" Apparently, they were doing something about the hungry, thirsty, etc., otherwise they would not have acted as though they did; as though they were not merely loving their neighbors, but that they had loved their neighbors as themselves. NOW CONSIDER the response of the sheep to their Lord's judgment of them, "When did we see Thee and minister unto Thee?" Their words reveal that they did not quite "love their neighbors as themselves" in their own eyes, and that in their own eyes their efforts to so do were not satisfactory and that the teaching of their Lord was not yet completed or perfected in them so they were surprised to hear Him say "Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you". It was as if they were more aware of how they could have fulfilled the royal law better, rather than of their accomplishments in fulfilling it. Because the Lord plainly told them that they did, we know that they did. This passage reveals much about our Lord and how He feels about compassion. The punishment is severe and rightly so. For he nowhere mentions here anything about sexual immorality, lying, stealing, or murder; but that which is most familiar to us, namely: hunger, thirst, coldness, and loneliness; things which we all have suffered or experienced perhaps to some degree. And the fact that we have tasted such sufferings should cause us who have this world's goods to help those we know are in need . . . who are perpetually hungry, thirsty, cold, and lonely and who are totally dependent upon the charity of another, as the LORD told Israel, "Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt" (Exodus 23:9). Israel knew what it was like to suffer oppression as strangers in a foreign land and the LORD expected them to show the strangers compassion. Likewise, God knows that many of us have tasted hunger and thirst and He expects us to show others who are hungry, thirsty, sick, lonely, etc., compassion. Some have asked, "If God is real then why doesn't he do something to help all those suffering in the world". But the reality is that God has given mankind what they need to help those suffering, but that many are unwilling to use as much of their time and resources as they can to make the difference.
Growing up in the states we have little understanding of necessity and survival. Many of the homeless here have shelters and bridges for sleeping, dumpsters to gather good food, charitable people to give them money, many social services to help with finances, living situations, and medical needs . . . but many across the earth live in very unstable environments surrounded by wars, tribal feuds, corrupt governments, and severe poverty. In the states, we have national sewers, roads, electricity, water lines, gas lines, and all of these are sustained and enforced by authorities and taxpayers. We are born into a system where (if you are honest and hard working) you can survive. In fact, we live in a society where if you are dishonest and lazy you can still survive. But in either case, things do not work out this way in many places throughout the world. This is not to mean that we do not love our local neighbors as ourselves, but that we understand necessity. ALL neighbors need love, but how that love is manifested varies depending on the needs.
So let's be honest, let the truth change us and not us it, and labor for our dear Savior King before we depart this frail life to meet Him!
Sincerely, David Valderrama (President).