Watering Liberia: Hydrating a nation from Lynchburg

Cassie Conley/ April 14, 2016

Liberty University students promote life and health through The Ten Campaign project in Liberia bringing water and the gospel to a miserable and desperate nation.

Todd Phillips, founder of The Last Well project, focuses on two questions when targeting the place with the greatest need. What is the greatest need in the world and what is the most challenging place in the world? Liberia.

The Ten Campaign is partnered with The Last Well with one main goal- hydrating the people of Liberia.

Goals
The Last Well project’s goal is to provide access to clean water for the entire nation of Liberia and offer the gospel to every person by the year 2020. According to their pamphlet, there have been 1496 projects to date leaving 2400 projects left to reach the end goal.

“You just know you’re leaving- you’re evacuating from a place where your continued presence might have some help,” Todd Phillips told NBC5 in an interview describing his trips to Liberia.

According to the The Last Well, Liberia was the answer for various reasons:
· 250,000 Liberians died as result of long- term conflict
· Framework of the entire country destroyed
· Liberia is consistently in the bottom five deprived countries
· One of the top five most miserable countries

Water will:
· Increase quality of life
· Raise child survival rate
· Increase health of village
“The most important thing is that people get clean water. Obviously, the gospel is the goal but water is the tool that we use to share the gospel, especially to those in Liberia. So it’s just a phenomenal way to evangelize and spread the name of Jesus to that nation,” Student Body President Quincy Thompson said.

Donating is a simple way to raise awareness and support the work being done in the country of Liberia.

“I think the most impactful part of the project is the fact that it literally saves lives. It brings water to people and families that would not get it from anywhere else and that is life changing,” Liberty University Senior,  Bennet Wagenknecht said.

Why does it matter?

Matthew 10:42: “And whoever gives one of the little ones even a cup of cold water  because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”

 

The above story was written by a student journalist at Liberty University for a class project.

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