By Elise Kemp, Marketing and Development Intern
Who knew that I, an ordinary college student, could become so passionate about something as simple as water?
When I was applying to colleges, I wrote my application essay on the vitality of water and how that connects to the vitality of hope that is missing in communities all over the world. A trip to Guatemala the previous summer had showed me the atrocities that drinking unclean water can cause.
Six months later, I was able to connect Healing Waters Staff in Guatemala with the pastor of the local church I had been working with in a rural community.
Here I am now, almost two years later, working as a Marketing and Development Intern at Healing Waters International HQ in my hometown of Denver. I never would have expected to be here, yet I am so overwhelmed with gratitude and joy because I get to play a unique role in the network of people fighting to end the Global Water Crisis.
As we celebrate World Water Day today, I am reminded of the daily struggles that drinking unclean water has on people that I know and love. It is a crisis that our world needs to join together in fighting. I love that March 22nd is a designated day for uniting our world in creating awareness and action and providing people with the basic human right of clean water.
As I’ve gotten to know the crisis that these people face more intimately, I’m reminded of what Jesus says to his followers: “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out God-flavors of this earth…Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill…keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:13-16 MSG
On World Water Day, let’s go public with this. Let’s educate each other on the Global Water Crisis and take action to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goal: total global access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.
The way in which each of us participates will look different, but we each have a unique role to play. For me, as a college student who doesn’t know exactly what her career path will look like, and as a millennial seeking to make a purposeful impact, I am certainly navigating this myself. However, I am grounded in the truth that whatever I do and wherever I am, I am called to bring flavor and light—to be an agent of transformation.
However this looks for you, you’re called to the same agency. Join us and of course, Happy World Water Day!