Steps of Justice is starting something new, it is called Acts of Justice. Each Monday for the next 10 weeks we will be talking about a different injustice. We are doing this in partnership with the Justice DTS and the Children At Risk school that YWAM is running down in Tijuana, MX. Each Monday we will present the issue in a live stream webcast from 8:30-9AM west coast time. We will present the injustice, share some information on it and then have a time of intercession. During the intercession time we will be asking God what we can do. We will also pray for the people, governments, communities, etc. who are experiencing the injustice.
Then on Tuesday, the following day we will be doing an act that correlates with the issue. Each action will be helping us to remember the injustice that we prayed about the previous day. We will go a day without water, a day without food, a day without shoes, etc. Doing these actions helps us to remember and remembering helps us to want to bring change and that is where things start to get exciting.
Please join us each Monday and Tuesday for the next 10 weeks, our lives will be enriched through it.
This week we are focussing on Water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
Along their long walk, they’re subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.
Taken from Charity Water
To join in please click on the Acts Of Justice link and follow the instructions to the web stream. We will begin at 8:30 am West Coast time.
Photo by Charity Water