Salt and Light – A Message of Hope

A devotion from World Concern’s Salt and Light: A Prayerful Journey

These precious children live deep in the mountains of Laos, their village hours away from anything. Each day they battle with poor nutrition, a lack of clean water, and the threat of disease.

And yet they’re smiling and happy. This is the power of hope.

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How Clean Water Arrives in a Village

Do you ever wonder how clean water arrives in a village?

We might hear about a village in need of a clean water well, and a short while later read an encouraging report that a well was built. But what happens in the meantime?

How the construction of a well unfolds might be different than you think.

Keep reading to find out how clean water comes to a community!

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Becoming a Water Warrior – Fiona’s Story

She’s a warrior.

A water warrior, that is!

Fiona, now a high school freshman, raises money to provide water filters for families without access to clean water.

But she wasn’t always so passionate about water filters. So how did Fiona become such a passionate water warrior?

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3 Steps to Clean Water – How Water Filters Change Lives

You may have seen an image of or even given a water filter, but do you know how they work?

In the middle of a clean water crisis, simple water filters are life-saving. They effectively eliminate germs, bacteria, and parasites that cause deadly waterborne diseases.

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Why Access to Clean Water Changes Everything

It’s not always a drought that leads to a water crisis. Sometimes water is plentiful, but that doesn’t mean the water is safe. Watering holes, rivers, even wells can be just as life-threatening as a lack of water. See what it looks like to live without clean water (and what you can do to help). Continue reading Why Access to Clean Water Changes Everything See what it looks like to live without clean water (and what you can do to help). Continue reading Why Access to Clean Water Changes Everything

How One Nurse Is Saving Lives – The 44-Cent Cure

She’s like a ray of sunshine that brightens even the darkest corners of a room.

Laucia is a nurse in the rural village of Bernard, Haiti, and has a smile so infectious you can’t help but smile in return.

But if you saw the health clinic that Laucia runs, you might wonder how she’s able to find such joy.

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Salt and Light – Bithi’s Story of Transformation

A devotion from World Concern’s “Salt & Light: Hope through Transformation

Several years ago, Bithi felt she had no choice but to marry off her young daughter to an older man.

In Bangladesh, single women struggle to provide for their families without the support of a spouse. Bithi did not want to marry off her daughter but could not see another way.

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What Is God’s Heart for Refugees?

photo by Helen Manson/Tearfund NZ

It’s a tendency some of us have – though we may not want to admit it. We look at someone or something from afar and infer we know most everything about them. Their personalities, behavior, and why they made the decisions they did.

But when we ask ourselves how God sees each person, then our hastily formed opinions shift perspective.

So today, let’s ask ourselves this question: What is God’s heart for refugees around the world? Continue reading What Is God’s Heart for Refugees?

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – The Dangers of Human Trafficking

Imagine for a moment you’re trapped. You have nowhere to go, no one to turn to, and no way out.

What do you feel?

In these moments panic often leaves us unfocused, and unsure of the next steps to take.

This is the dilemma facing many young women in northern Myanmar. There’s no work in their impoverished villages, which often leads them to make life-altering decisions that in turn trap them in dangerous situations. Continue reading Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – The Dangers of Human Trafficking

On the Front Lines – How One Social Worker Is Protecting Children in Sri Lanka

There are some people who look evil in the face and instead of running, they step up and fight.

Niranjini is one of those people.

Living in a city at the northern tip of Sri Lanka, Niranjini began her career as a law assistant. It was here she first encountered case after case involving child abuse. Shocked by the sheer volume of children affected and seemingly “light” punishment for perpetrators, Niranjini made the decision to become a defender of children’s rights.

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