It is with mixed emotions that I write this final post in my Water for Africa series. For several months now I’ve humbly placed this vision before you:
I run 13.1 miles. You give support. Africa gets water.
Today, we are here, at the culmination:
The race has been run! Many people donated to the cause. And 945 Africans will have clean water in 2010.
My emotions range from exhilaration (I actually ran 13.1 miles without stopping!) to deflation (anticipation of a goal must count for 50 percent of the fun, and now it’s complete—sigh).
I am also grateful for everyone who came alongside and supported me—not only financially, but also with many kind words of encouragement as I faced my first half marathon. Thank you for going the way with me!
And I am melancholic as I close this quest, wishing I could have done more to help people who struggle to obtain the basic things of life. Perhaps this is the first of many small things that I will have the honor of doing to help people in need.
Finally, I long desperately for the Lord Jesus to be known as the impetus of this quest. He has met my spiritual thirst—and expanded it—for He is truly the Living Water:
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive. —from John’s Gospel (7:37–39)
Your gifts to provide Africans with access to clean water this year help those who are physically thirsty. My prayer is that as a result of this project, many Africans and donors would become spiritually thirsty and be drawn to the Living Water Himself.