This weekend marks both the end and the beginning of a special four-week series at Kensington churches. The series is based on the book, “The Hole in Our Gospel,” written by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S.  Kensington has intertwined the messages of the book with its outreaches already in place. The challenge for Week 3 was, “Think about water everyday.” You’d think that we’d think about water every day, but you must admit we take it for granted. There are probably a lot of us today who are thinking about how much we depend on power. I thought about water this morning because our dishwasher has died, and now I must wash the dishes the Old Fashioned Way, which, apparently, is a skill my children will never be able to grasp. I also heard a story this week about how in these United States, everyone west of the Mississippi will soon be coping, if they aren’t already, with a dwindling supply of fresh water. We are surrounded by the world’s most precious supply of fresh water. For this reason, I’m glad that the water monitoring system in southeast Michigan will continue to guard us. I used to complain about my ever-increasing water bills. They’ve gone from $30 a month when we first got here, to close to $130 a month now. I may still complain, but in reality, I’m so glad I have the option to pay for fresh water. When you get a few minutes, look at this video, and you will better understand how good we’ve got it.

At the end of each message, we were enticed to purchase an empty gallon jug for $5. The jug did not contain gas or milk, just air. But what a bargain! The picture at the top of this post is of the label attached to each jug. Many chose to give well above the five bucks, and many fetched more change from others by piquing curiosity about the empty gallons. As of Friday night, the people at Kensington had raised $125,000 — and counting! That money will be used to drill water wells for people in Pokot, Kenya. The author of “The Hole in Our Gospel” challenges us to think twice about what we believe is true. One of those “truths” is, there is nothing we can do to help the poverty of Third World countries. Give that some thought today and take a deeper look, because that “truth” may be a big lie.

I found the top two comments to this video very enlightening.

Here’s the first:

I always worry when I donate to charities like this. If you do this, give these people a well, is it going to lead to an increase in their population? The reason there is trouble is that there are too many people living in an area which can’t support them. So what then? We have two villages instead of one, and again we have trouble. So we give them another well? How about they control their population instead. I have seen what the population growth in Africa is like.

Followed by:

As a teen I cant do much but me and my friend are trying to find ways to raise money to donate. Keep up the good work!

Now it’s easy to me to say what a jerk that first person is, and say bravo to the teen with the big heart. But do I really have more hope than the first guy? I’d like to think so, but I’ll admit I’ve often felt there is nothing that can be done. I wonder how many times teens get their spirits crushed by the things we say?

As I said earlier, the series may be wrapping up this weekend, but the adventure may just be starting. The challenge for Week 4 is, “Be Part of the Solution.”