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March 16, 2013

Four years ago today I sent my first email to Michael Viser of Wells for Life.  It started like this… “I have an idea…” and ended with “thank you for taking the time to read this.  I feel this is an opportunity with great potential.”

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“The idea” was to start a team of kids to raise money for one well in India.  The kids were young.  Second graders.  We participated in a yearly event called The Human Race, and the kids raised money, then walked the 5K.  The average distance walked by many Indians each day to collect clean (or dirty) water from whatever source they find.

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The goal of one well was quickly surpassed the first day, and within three weeks we had funded ten hand pump bore wells, providing clean water to anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people.

That’s what God does.   He far exceeds our expectations, and abilities.  I always find it fascinating how often it

is ten fold!

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So today, this 4th anniversary, I am grateful to my friend.   A brother, really.  Who takes the Great Commission seriously, and whether he knew it or not, by his encouraging response to a stranger’s “I have an idea” email, was taking the first steps in making a disciple out of a very confused Christian girl who loved Jesus but hadn’t fully encountered Him.

Now, four years later, another Christian girl has been to India, has seen the need, and her heart has broken for the orphan.  She is heading up a team of youngsters and adults.

DSC_0233Team iGo with The Human Race.  Sound familiar?  Feel free to check them out and support their efforts.

We never know, you guys.  We never know what God is doing in the small stuff, and who is coming up behind you. Thank you Mike, for paying attention.  My life has never been the same.

Love, Val

“Be careful little feet where you go.  It’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow” – Casting Crowns

Valerie Kumra – March 2013

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