Today’s lesson: Clean water is life
Verse of the day: Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38 ESV).
Did you know that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water? Clean water is one of the most important things for life to exist, and yet nearly one billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water in their communities. When we are not good stewards of the Earth that God created, water sources can easily become contaminated.
For communities without clean water, some simple parts of life that we take for granted instantly become much harder. For example, imagine if you couldn’t drink a glass of water without worrying if it contained bacteria and viruses that could make you extremely sick. Imagine not having water to cook with, brush your teeth in, or bathe in. Communities that have access to clean water experience far fewer health issues and needless deaths than those dealing with contaminated water sources.
In addition to causing health problems, unclean water affects poverty and education, too. People who live in communities where it isn’t possible to turn on a tap and have clean water come out often have to spend hours per day traveling to get water from a clean source. This often means that adults lose out on opportunities to work and provide for their families. Children are too busy fetching water to go to school and learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and mathematics that could allow them to escape the cycle of poverty.
Luckily, we can make a change when it comes to water. By supporting communities without clean water access, we can help them to build and maintain the sewage systems that can keep waste out of their water, aid them in digging wells to uncontaminated sources, or create ways to filter or treat water to make it safe to drink and use.
Today’s activity: We’re playing a board game! The game is called In the Community and is fun for the whole family. You can print out the game and play with pieces from a different game, or use different coins as playing pieces. Here are the components you’ll need:
Today’s prayer: God, thanks for giving us clean water to drink and food to eat. We pray for communities around the world that don’t have adequate clean water, and we pray we can reach them together. Amen.
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