Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What if the Church....?

Just seven months ago I was a student on campus, cramming for finals and rushing around to get things done before leaving for Christmas break. Then May quickly came and went, and I graduated and made the inevitable transition from being a student to an alumnus; from studying in the stacks in Jenks to working on a computer at a bank; from being in a Gordon relationship to being in a Gordon marriage. Still, the seeds that had been sown as a Gordon student were unmistakable—a passion for pursuing social justice and a desire to work with an international Christian relief organization. These seeds took root when I participated in Mexico Outreach as a sophomore and junior, and continued to grow on a trip to Guatemala with World Focus as a GCSM student leader.
After moving to Charleston, South Carolina, in August, I started volunteering with Water Missions International—a nonprofit, Christian engineering organization whose mission is to provide sustainable access to safe water and an opportunity to hear the “Living Water” message in developing countries and disaster areas. I had finally found an organization that combined my international business education with my passion for missions and social justice.
While volunteering with Water Missions I have been developing a campaign called “What If the Church,” which seeks to spark a global conversation about the potential of the local church to solve the world’s water crisis. After demonstrating the tremendous potential to impact human lives, the goal is to actually move out and start solving the world’s water problem in its own creative way.
Eight hundred eighty-four million people lack access to safe water; what if the Church decided to act like Jesus and truly serve them? This is how I have been able to engage my Gordon education with real-world service in pursuit of Christ. To learn more visit http://www.whatifthechurch.us/ or http://www.watermissions.org/ or email the author at Kherr@watermission.org.

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