On a beautiful afternoon in Troy, Tennessee a group of more than 50 students gathered at Trojan Park to host their first ever Walk 4 Water. These students are a part of the "On Track" after school program that Troy church of Christ hosts on Wednesday afternoons.
A few months before their youth minister, Tim Spain, asked the students what they would like to do to make a difference. The students came up with several ideas and then they put it to a vote. They overwhelmingly decided they wanted to bring clean water to those who lack this life-saving gift. Tim contacted Healing Hands and we began working together to come up with a game plan.
It was evident from the beginning that Tim was inspired by his kids. He was inspired by their vision, passion and excitement. They weren't looking at the walk as a way to raise money but as a way to save lives. So often people view fundraising efforts of this nature as being all about the dollars that are brought in when in reality it's all about the number of lives that we can save!
When I arrived at Trojan Park I was excited to see so many kids involved. I immediately went around and started taking pictures and soon realized there were almost 20 adults there as well. They were grilling hot dogs, pouring drinks, passing out t-shirts and supporting their kids. You could tell they were inspired by the kids' excitement, too.
About an hour after the walk began Tim was able to announce to the crowd that they had raised enough to drill a well in South Sudan. I don't know that these kids will ever truly understand what a difference they have made in the lives of others. They not only impacted the people in South Sudan who are dying because of dirty water...they have impacted their church, their community and me as well!
Tim retold the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. It was a child who stepped forward with the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. If only we could all have the faith of children sometimes and step forward with what we have to give...what kind of difference could we make?