Arctic Vortex, Frozen Pipes And Acess To Clean Water – A Personal Challenge

glass-waterIn case you hadn’t heard, it’s cold here in the USA. Yesterday morning the temps were below freezing at locations in all 50 states. Yes, according to the National Weather Service, even a volcano summit in Hawaii recorded a mere 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  They’re calling it an ‘Arctic Vortex’, or something like that.  We used to call it winter.

Here in NW Georgia, we’re setting record low temperatures. Yippie Ki Aye.  Some records should be left intact, darn it.  I didn’t want to be a part of this particular historic event, yet here I sit (in my long johns, of course).

Our gift in this record breaking winter is frozen pipes.  We are entering day two of a water free zone. It is mostly a mere inconvenience.  It will warm up in a few days and water will flow freely again.  As long as our pipes don’t burst, it will pass and will soon be forgotten.  In the meantime, we can buy drinking water, haul water in buckets for the livestock, and generally make do.  The same cannot be said for the 768 million people around the world who do not have access to clean water.  3.4 million of them will die this year from water related issues.

Brittan and I are big supporters of Samaritan’s Purse.  We give to several of their agricultural and spiritual projects, but one of our favorites is clean water.  We’ve been able to pay for several hand dug wells, give thousands of water filters and contribute to some bigger community water systems.  Our mini, temporary water shortage here at the farm only intensifies my desire to do my part in ensuring every man, woman, and child on the planet has access to nutritious food and clean water.  We’re family, and families look out for one another.

If Samaritan’s purse is not your cup of tea, check out some of the organizations in this link, to find one you’re comfortable with. Do your due diligence and make sure the charities you support are legit and ethical and please, show your gratitude for all you’ve been blessed with to pay it forward to someone in need.

If you have questions about any group or project, just send me a note privately or via the comments and I’ll be happy to help you get some answers.

Now, I need to get out of here and figure a way to thaw my pipes. This Global Warming is freaking cold.


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