During the Lent season we are asking churches to highlight service by aiding our brothers and sisters in Flint through the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in partnership with One World Link (www.oneworldlink.org) and Love Beyond Walls (www.lovebeyondwalls.org). Two churches have taken the challenge so far and we are asking your church to join us. We will publish a full list of participating churches on February 28th.
Please see the facts below to share with church congregation and leadership:
"According to the U.S. Census, 40.1 percent of the population of Flint, Michigan is living in poverty, making it the second most poverty-stricken city in the nation for its size."
"The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. On average, approximately 70 percent of that water is used indoors, with the bathroom being the largest consumer." US Environment Protection Agency
Unfortunately, in Flint, MI, the water contains high levels of chlorine, which is highly corrosive to iron and lead pipes. The corrosion occurring over the past year and a half makes the water no longer safe for personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning etc. An estimated $1.5B is needed to overhaul the infrastructure for the city. Though, the first pipe replacements may be in March 2016, the project may take up to two years to complete.
In the meantime, the citizens of Flint, Michigan need water. We have a partnering church in Flint: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Daniel Moore is Senior Pastor. www.shilohmbcflint.org
#Flint4Lent: Social media and empathy campaign beginning the first days of Lent.
During this time of reconnecting with the Father through praying and fasting, we are challenging individuals to immerse themselves in the tragic experience of our neighbors in Flint, Michigan.
To accept the challenge, individuals agree not use to any tapped water source for a period of 48 hours-using only the recommended one gallon of water per person, per day. The two gallons of water are to be use for cooking, bathing, drinking, cleaning during the 48 hour period.
Participants of the challenge will:
Individuals are encouraged to donate $40 (for the 40 days of Lent) to One World Link, Incorporated (www.oneworldlink.org) to support sustainable solutions for the residents of Flint during the water crisis (i.e. homesteading practices, rain harvesting supplies, filters, civic engagement training, landfill diversion programs for recyclables).
Thank you in advance for your support during this holy season.