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The Winners are HereFirst place and two paid writing assignments worth $150.00 goes to - Lori Othouse
JUST ONE MORE DAY
The scene plays out like one from a dramatic film or a gripping novel…
Hot wind whips across the flat, dry land, blowing dust into the eyes of a frail young mother. She tries to blink it away, along with her tears. Sitting in the shade of a scrawny tree, she holds her only son - ten months old, thirsty and weak. The dehydration was taking its grim toll.
Their water supply now used up, her husband had set out to look for another water source - that was two days ago. It was the third time this year he had left on such a journey, not knowing what he would find, nor what he would come back to. But there was no choice, because there was no water. All she could do now was wait.
The young mother’s tears fell onto her son’s dry, chapped skin. She bowed her head and whispered, “Just one more day…please let me have him just one more day.” She knew not to whom she was praying or that she even was praying. No one had told her of a God who heard her, loved her and wept with her. She held her child close, not knowing how much longer she would have with him…
It’s a nightmare that makes us want to change the channel or close the book, but sadly, it is the cruel reality for millions of people in developing countries. People with no access to clean water
, or any water for that matter and who are, quite literally, dying for it - 4100 children die from unclean water every day.
It’s easy to turn away thinking the need is too vast, too great for me to help. What hope is there? But there is help. There is hope…
Foundation is an organization that exists to bring life-saving water to nations plagued by water scarcity. But its mission doesn’t end there. Using cost-effective hand-drilling technology, they are able to provide water wells
for communities in need at a fraction of the cost of a machine-drilled well. And because the process utilizes materials that are locally available and manpower over machine power, the people there are able to duplicate these methods on their own, thus providing even more wells along with much-needed employment opportunities.
By partnering with Water4, we can help give this mother not just one more, but many more days with her son. We can help fulfill the Biblical mandate found in Proverbs 31: 8-9 - “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute…defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Yes, the need is great. Our compassion must be greater. Their hope rests in our hands; how can we not extend them?
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Platinumhttp://infyouz.wordpress.com/2012/09/16 ... -more-day/http://www.facebook.com/notes/lori-lull ... 0475131273http://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... ?id=152020Second Place and one paid writing assignment worth $75.00 goes to – Helen Curtis
The Cost of the Cure
Once upon a time there was a kingdom. It was a very large kingdom, made up of millions of people from many different lands.
Regardless of its size, the people living in it were overcome with sadness. Every day tens of thousands of men, women and children succumbed to a malevolent sickness that ravaged the land. Cries of anguish filled the air as families and friends mourned yet another father or mother, sibling or friend.
The agony of the deaths was heightened by the fact that there was a cure for the scourge. Many a missionary had visited the vast regions of the kingdom offering a cure, but the cost always put it out of reach. To be so near salvation, yet denied it because of their poverty was a cruel blow. In agony they cried out to their God for freedom from their accursed lives.
One day a missionary visited a certain village; full of excitement he ran through the streets, his shouts drawing a large crowd, “Listen to me, dear people, for I bring you great news! I can bring you the cure to the scourge!”
The villagers were sceptical of this peddler; why would he be any different to the others they had met? One of the leaders came forth and addressed the man. “How dare you come here and offer these people hope, knowing full well that they cannot afford it. Be gone from here and let us grieve in peace.”
The missionary knelt down humbly before the leader, hat in his hand, and spoke quietly, “I know only too well the pain of losing someone to this sickness and being offered false hope. I would not do that to you. What I offer you is the cure, but it will be made available for all.”
The village was set free that night. Sick children slowly recovered, crops grew again and the sickness was replaced with renewed health and strength – physical and spiritual.
In the developing world, tens of thousands of people are dying every single day, because they cannot access clean drinking water
Water is the basis of our existence; without water we simply cannot live. We take it for granted. Around the world, millions of people are dying for water
Many organisations have worked tirelessly in these countries to provide drilled wells
for villages; we thank God for them, but the truth is they are very costly to set up and maintain.Water4
is changing that! For a fraction of the cost of other wells, Water4 can supply the wells and train nationals to install them. This is a winning solution for millions of people in the worst drought-affected countries on the globe. Not only are the villagers being given access to clean water, many are also being given a vocation. And that has to be a win-win result.
To learn more visit their website via this link
Will you help deliver the cure to a dying world?
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Third Place and $25.00 goes to Amber Leggette AldrichDon’t Cry Me A River, Help Me Dig A Well!
The haunting images of eyes glazing over with death as a child dies in your arms; the shrieking and wailing of mourning announcing the death of another family member; the sickening stench of contaminated living areas; this and much more is a daily way of life for too many.
The main culprit of this devastation is the lack of access to safe, clean water and sanitation. 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. And 2.2 million people, most of them children, die each year from diseases related to unsafe water and unsanitary living conditions. This is a global water crisis , but there is a remedy.
There’s an old saying, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for lifetime”. What if that same principle was applied to the need for clean water? What if in the process of helping to provide the water, we could also provide skills to provide employment? This process could then be duplicated by the very people being helped, which in turn could be used to help others.
There have been technological advances that have created the means to install safe water well and pumps, in a very affordable and feasible fashion. The materials used to build these wells and pumps are available nearly everywhere at a very reasonable cost. Once the local people are shown how to dig the wells properly and install the simple pumps, they not only have the means to provide fresh, clean water for themselves, but they can use the skills they have learned to help provide the same for others. This increases the rate at which this water crisis can be resolved.
If you could save a child from the agony of slow death, wouldn’t you try?
All too often the general response to this issue is “Well what can I do about it” or “What difference can I make”? Believe me, there is so much that can be done! It all begins with having the heart to care enough to want to help.
Many Christians consider the phrase “What would Jesus do?” when seeking guidance and direction. I think it’s fairly obvious what He would do here. I imagine He might also say, “Don’t cry me a river, help me dig a well”. While it may not be possible to go and help physically dig, you could sponsor a well with only a small donation. Be a hero, save a life.
For more information and to find out how you can help, please visit Water4http://faithhopeandmiracles.com/2012/08
59068 Amber Leggette Aldrich GoldSILVER MEMBERS IT PAYS TO ENTER IN MORE WAYS THAN ONEAnd our Silver Member Winner is -----------Janna Kelley from Southeast Asia who receives a One year Gold membership.
One Thing Makes Us Different
You don’t know me, but we are more alike than you think. I am a son or a daughter, just like you. I am a mother or a father. I have a sister and a brother. I dream of a better future for my children. I laugh and I cry. Just like you. If you take the time to reach out, you can touch my hand and feel my warm skin. We are the same. But there is something that makes us different, you and I. There is something that is as big as life and death. If we are sad, our hearts will ache. If we are cut, our skin will bleed. But if we are thirsty, my friend, you will reach for a cup and fill it with cool, refreshing water and I will just be thirsty. If we are dirty, you will run your hands, your face, your body under a warm shower and I will just be dirty. You see, my family has no access to clean water
. Do not think that I am unusual; there are 1.2 billion people just like me. When you feel the strain of a drought in your country, you water your lawn only once a week. When I feel the strain of a drought, I grieve over a family member who dies from the lack of clean water. This common, you understand. Every 22 seconds a child dies from a preventable water-related disease. Dear Friend, do not throw your hands up in despair. The problem is real, but the solution is possible. For $600-$2,000 a low cost well
can be dug for my village. When you reach to turn on your water faucet, please consider reaching out to touch me. Feel my warm skin, close your eyes and see my smile. Hear my laugh. With the help of people like you, people like me can reach for a drink when we are thirsty! I dream of a life without the needless diseases, a life where my children don’t have to cry for the most basic need: water. Will you join the people at water4
to reach out and hold my hand and dream with me?
id # 40401 Silverhttp://kelleykhronicle.blogspot.com/201 ... e-not.htmlhttp://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... ?id=151935Contest rules below here
"And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded." Matt 10:42
All members are invited to enter these contests. You must be a member to enter. You can join now for free if you are not a member http://www.faithwriters.com/finish-signup.php
You also need to register in these forums after you join as a member. Click the register button to the right above the "Dying for Water" title on this page.
In this contest you are to write an article about the drinking water problem in the world. How many people die each day. The immense need for clean water.
To get as much participation as possible we are making this information available now. If you do not think you are qualified to enter this contest, you are wrong. Every article and every link have the potential to lead a generous donor to Water4. We encourage all to enter. If you want to enter but are not interested in prizes. Just write and if you win you can pass the paid writing assignments on to the next writer in the contest. The Ministry we are promoting -http://www.water4.org
Watch this 1 minute video http://vimeo.com/14000616
and 5 min video http://vimeo.com/29739390
and this 4 minute video and others on Vimeo for Water4.http://vimeo.com/12317384
Read this update from Water4 - http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=151037
Objective - Catch and keep the interest of the web surfer getting them to click through on the links in your article so they donate and support the mission of Water4. We are looking for gripping, a title to catch a person's eye and attention and an article that does the same so they want to click through to the ministry and donate. Use your imagination as a writer and write from the eyes of a dying child, or parents who have lost a child to lack of clean water. People should not die because they do not have clean water.
The word count will be 500 words maximum.
There must be a title.
Post article in 2 locations plus this forum.
Links must work in all posts.
You must include your name and member number at the bottom of your submission in this forum only. You must also include the URL's in your post in this forum for the other two places you posted your article.
Deadline 9-17-12 at 10 am.The Keywords in their contextual link format that you must useONLY ADD 3 TO 5 LINKS PER ARTICLE
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE DOING LINKS REVIEW THE OTHER AREAS IN THE BLOGGING FORUM THAT EXPLAIN EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT.
Here are the links formatted for our regular articles submission area.
1) <a href=" http://water4.org/simple-solution/
"TARGET="_blank">water well </a>
2) <a href="https://water4.org/" TARGET="_blank" > clean water </a>
3) <a href=" https://water4.org/
"TARGET="_blank"> donate a well </a>
4)<a href=" http://water4.org/projects/
"TARGET="_blank"> drilled wells </a>
5)<a href=" https://water4.org/how-to-help/
"TARGET="_blank"> sponsor a well </a>
6 )<a href=" http://water4.org/about-us/
"TARGET="_blank"> global water crisis</a>
7) <a href=" http://water4.org/complex-need/
"TARGET="_blank" > dying for water</a>
<a href=" http://water4.org/simple-solution/
"TARGET="_blank"> low cost well</a>
9)<a href="https://water4.org/how-to-help/"TARGET="_blank"> clean drinking water</a>
10) <a href="http://water4.org/complex-need/ "TARGET="_blank">access to clean water</a>
11) <a href=" http://water4.org/complex-need/
"TARGET="_blank" >water pollution </a>
12) <a href=" http://water4.org/complex-need/
"TARGET="_blank" > water scarcity </a>
13) <a href=" http://water4.org/simple-solution/
"TARGET="_blank" > Hand drilling technology </a>
14) <a href=" https://water4.org/
"TARGET="_blank"> Water4 </a>
15) <a href=" http://water4.org/complex-need/
"TARGET="_blank"> water and sanitation </a>
16) <a href=" https://water4.org/
"TARGET="_blank"> world water</a>
17) <a href=" https://water4.org/
"TARGET="_blank"> water shortage </a>
18) <a href=" https://water4.org/
"TARGET="_blank"> africa water wells </a>
19) <a href=" http://water4.org/complex-need/
"TARGET="_blank" > save a child</a>
More advanced and know how to make your own links?-You can also take other keywords from pages on water4's website and link the page they are on to them.
Prizes for Gold and Platinum members -
1st place gets two paid writing assignments that pay $75 each
2nd place gets one assignment for $75
Winners get the chance to earn more writing assignments from the Water4
Winners get writing exposure
3rd place gets $25 and on the ministries approved writer list for a possible future
The winning entry will also be posted on 100 Chrisitan Blogs. This will give the winner
more exposure and the ministry we are promoting hundreds of more links to their site.
Prize for Silver members -
Best Silver entry gets a one year free gold membership
All members are building treasure in heaven as Jesus said we should.
You have a lot of time on this but do not put it off. Get some ideas on paper now and write something that will attract readers and make them click your links.
If you are a silver member I encourage you to enter. I promised the best silver entry would win a Gold membership in the FaithWriters blog contest but not one silver entered. I am making the same offer this time to our silver members. If you win a free Gold membership on this one you would be eligible to win a writing assignment on future ones over the next 12 months.
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God Bless, Mike