Coordinator Spotlight - Gillian Kelley
Posted by Alisa Van Dyke on January 14, 2019

Gillian Kelley is the Walk 4 Water coordinator in Tuscaloosa, AL. Her passion for bringing clean water to the world is evident in all she does! We asked her to share some of her thoughts with you...

Looking at it on paper, the world is huge. There are billions of people occupying this place. It would be impossible for us to meet and know every person on earth, but because God designed it to be so, there are still ways to connect with each other. That’s what I love about Walk4Water. People who walk 4 miles on a Saturday in a park in Tuscaloosa are impacting the lives of farmers in rural Honduras. Folks who show up to walk around their church parking lot in Nashville can change the lives of kids in Haiti forever. The world doesn’t feel so big when you think about it that way.

The world shrunk for me on a trip with HHI standing in a community in Haiti that I can’t recall and couldn’t pronounce if I could remember. Water was flowing from a new well. Adults came to drink and wash their faces. But the kids? They started a water fight. Because they’re kids, and that’s what kids do. Kids are kids are kids, whether they’re Haitian kids, used to not wasting a drop of the water they walked miles to get, or American kids, standing there watching this take place, thinking about how lucky they were to be born American.  One of my favorite quotes is from Bernard Baruch: 'We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.' People are people and kids are kids and the need for the gospel and the need for clean water are the same, in every corner of this big place.

I think it was part of God’s plan to make the world so big and so small, all at the same time. That’s why He told us to go into the whole world, but also gave us the church. No matter where you go in this place, you can find His people. I’ve seen His people in action all over this world, from Tuscaloosa to Titayen, from Cape Town to Cap Haitian. The beautiful thing about ministries like Walk4Water is that we can, in our small corner of the world, change this place, one step at a time. God sees every step we take, from us walking for water in Tuscaloosa to those actually walking for water in the mountains of Honduras. You can go into all the world, right from your local park or parking lot. And when you think about the impact that can have, you’ll start to see that it really is a small world after all.

 Do you want to join Gillian in bringing clean water to the world? Why not start a Walk4Water in your community? Email sjudge@hhi.org for more information today.