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March 30, 2007

For the Least of These

Lwi Last night I went to a fundraising gala for Living Water International, a non-profit ministry that brings clean water and the living water of Christ to countries where access to this basic necessity of life is limited. More than 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. And nearly half of the world's population suffers from diseases related to the lack of access to clean water. We heard about how the ministry drills wells changing the lives of people across the world.

Former Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Hunger, and three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace prize, Tony Hall was the keynote speaker. Most recently Hall has written a book with Tom Price called Changing the Face of Hunger: One Man's Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, and People of Faith are Joining Forces to Help the Hungry, Poor and Oppressed. Among the stories that Hall shared was one about meeting with Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

He shared how Mother Teresa put the palm of her hand up to his. "For the least of these," she said, emphasizing each word of the five-word phrase as she moved each of her five fingers to touch his. This was the one thing she wanted the ambassador to remember. Five words--one important message.

God, use our hands for the least of these.

(Photo courtesy of Living Water International)

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