GraceConnect E-News, No. 88, Week of February 23, 2015

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

The Power of Water 

Vickness, a 44-year old Malawi native, had been told that the water in her village of Zolomondo was too deep to be extracted from the ground. She and everyone in her village only had access to a grimy well with water that was brown and dirty with sickness-inducing contaminants.
 
But in November 2013,
Design Outreach, a Christian humanitarian engineering nonprofit organization (and one of the Grace Brethren cooperating organizations), installed the LifePump, an innovative deep-reaching and highly reliable hand pump, in her village of Zolomondo. Vickness told Design Outreach that, with access to water, she would build a brick home and start a vegetable garden.
 
Almost a year later, Design Outreach CEO Greg Bixler visited Vickness and her family. He was astonished to find that her dream had become a reality: a beautiful hand-built brick home large enough for her children and grandchildren. Because of the LifePump, others in her village had been able to start a brick-making business, plant gardens, and send their children to school regularly without reoccurring sicknesses due to contaminated water.
 
The LifePump had brought new life to the village of Zolomondo.
 
Lack of access to clean water is one of Africa’s biggest humanitarian needs. Design Outreach (DO) set out to change that. They started by installing two pumps and monitored them for over a year as they operated with no maintenance problems. Then they started making bigger plans.
 
They placed several new pumps last October and November in Malawi, Kenya, and Zambia. In 2014, Bixler and co-founder Abe Wright launched the
Hundred Pump Project in collaboration with World Vision, aiming to bring clean water to hundreds of African villagers. With these in operation, DO is monitoring for full evaluation to insure that LifePump is the superior pump for all hand pump applications, especially for deep water situations. 
 
You can find out more about Design Outreach’s projects and give by visiting their
website. To learn more about Vickness and the life-changing power of water in the village of Zolomondo, click here and here 
 

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[Listen:] 
Need some new music? The worship team at Movement Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Hilliard, Ohio, (Mark Artrip, pastor) has released their first recording — and it’s free! Click here to download the album.

[Watch:] 
Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio (Keith Minier, lead pastor) recently showed the love of God to their community by filling local food pantry shelves during their Supermarket Sweep. Check out the recap video!

[Move:] 
Did the story of Vickness inspire you do do something more? Click here to get started on your own branch of the Hundred Pump Project or give to an existing campaign. 
[Leader's Corner:]

Pastor Kurt Miller, director of strategic partnerships at Metro Grace, reblogs a post by missionary blogger Asian Rough Rider on his blog, The Church Planter

The post addresses three reasons social justice will not change the world...Jesus will.  "Is the modern Church too “social justice” focused?" Miller asks. 

Here's a recap:

1. We have separated the secular and the sacred, which Jesus never meant to be separated. 

2. We have replaced the Gospel with social justice, when Jesus’ message was one of social judgment. 

3. We have devoted ourselves to virtual justice, when Jesus modeled genuine relationships. 

To read the entire post, click here

Events in the FGBC

March 16-18 – South Focus Retreat, Florida FFA Training Center, Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
March 20-21 – WLS Class: Women and Scripture, Frederick, Md. (WGUSA) 
April 24-25 – WLS Class: Women and Scripture, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (WGUSA) 
June 21-27, 2015  Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Ontario (GBC)
June 21-27, 2015 – Encounter Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 14-19, 2015 – Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CEN) 
July 23-26, 2015 – Flinch Conference (national conference), Newark, N.J. (FGBC) 

CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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