Grand Opening at Mission

The grand opening for our new buildings at Mission was last weekend, and it was a huge success.We opened a new Worship Center, and a new Student Center.

The initial thought for the weekend was to bring in a famous football player, which would likely draw a huge crowd, but we bailed on the idea after a new one was presented. We decided that we’d try to save a thousand lives instead of focusing exclusively on luring a thousand new people to our campus. Not that its a horrible idea to use a football player, but it just didn’t seem to resonate with who we are. Besides, the quarterbacks are already millionaires… they don’t need the money.

We decided to give all of the money we would have spent on the quarterback to charity: water. If you haven’t heard of them, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to civilization. How was it being frozen in ice all these years?

We sent them a check today for $26,000 today, which will go right to the people of Marialapas, Haiti. Apparently I’m going to Haiti to visit these lovely people when the project is done.

Best day at church, ever.

Mission Community Church: Grand Opening

For every person that comes to celebrate the grand opening of our campus expansion on Sunday, March 28th, Mission Community Church will give 5 years of safe, clean drinking water to a person in need. Join with thousands to make a difference just by showing up.

It breaks down like this: for every person that comes (women, men, children… all of em), we’re sending $5 to charity: water, an amazing non-profit organization that provides clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Our youth ministries did a 3-month fundraising campaign earlier this year for charity: water, and it was a great success. We raised about $5,000!  CW gives 100% of every dollar to the people in need. No overhead costs, no profits, none of that.

The video says “5 years of clean water”, which is a variation of what charity: water says, which is that $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. They’ve told us that our efforts will go towards a specific project in Haiti!

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Charity: water

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I’ve finally found a non-profit organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing nations AND tells the story well. There are plenty of great organizations out there, but it’s so difficult to actually get an answer when you ask, “So what exactly do you do?”. So few organizations can tell you where your money actually goes, or what they have done with it when it gets there. Charity: water does that, AND provides measurable goals that you can keep track of!

Charity: water funds a range of water solutions. These solutions include hand-dug wells, deep wells (boreholes), rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater harvesting schemes, and biosand filters. In 2008, charity: water added projects in India, Bangladesh, and Honduras.

Check out their website… and consider giving me a birthday present this year!

I’m going to get our youth ministries on board with their “Water for Schools” program this Fall. It’s perfect for what we’re looking for.