Church raises funds for World Vision water project
GERING – Access to clean water is a crisis in many parts of the world, and people from the local faith community want to help make a difference.
Congregation members of Gering Zion Church have partnered with World Vision on a project that will drill a well in a village in a developing nation.
To kick off the fundraising campaign, Gering Zion will host a penny carnival on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church at 11th and O streets in Gering.
Cathy Kaufman, a World Vision child ambassador, is also a member of Gering Zion Church. Pastor Tim Hebbert has been involved with World Vision for a number of years, so Kaufman picked up his enthusiasm for helping children.
“The water well project was something I challenged Cathy to pray about,” Hebbert said. “She organized a team at the church to explore ways to reach that goal. This is a project where I felt our church could get its hands wet, pardon the pun. This will make a positive impact somewhere in the world.”
There are 8.9 million people in the world that don’t have access to clean water and one of the missions of World Vision is to drill clean water wells for villages around the globe.
“We want to share this project with the entire community so we’re encouraging people to get involved,” Kaufman said. “We’ll raise the funds and World Vision finds a village that will benefit from a well.”
A celebration Sunday is then scheduled to present a video on how the project was accomplished.
“World Vision will also give us the opportunity to sponsor children in the village,” Kaufman said. “That will transform the village even further.”
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, their families and their communities located across the world by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
“A water well is one of the first projects World Vision does in a village,” Kaufman said. “Child sponsorship helps the village get the food it needs, helps the farmers to farm better, gets schools built and more. The ultimate goal is for the village to become self-sustaining.”
Hebbert said they hope to have their fundraising goal reached by the end of the year.
The public is invited to the penny carnival on Sept. 1 and learn more about the project to help others in a tangible way.