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Miracle Story: God Used This Little Girl In Such A Big Way to Provide Water to Thousands of People!

The book “The Next Christians” (which I urge you to read) includes the story of Scott Harrison, a nightclub owner who decided he wanted to change his life. While on a trip to Africa, he discovered that many of the villages didn’t have wells to access clean water. He decided to do something about it, so he created Charity: Water. I read about this just two days  ago, and told my boyfriend that this is an important cause we need to focus on! I believe that helping people get safe drinking water is critical, because there is nothing more precious for human life. Thousands of people in Africa don’t have access to clean water, and people (usually women) have to walk many miles every day just to get a bucket of water to bring back to their families. And then, just this morning, my contributing blogger Paris Holt emailed me this powerful story of a girl named Rachel who touched the world in a big, big way. After reading this story, you too will be touched and realize that not only is this organization incredibly important, but that you, too, were created to make an impact if you let God work through you. May the Lord be with you always.   – Nicole

I just read an article on Yahoo.com about a girl named Rachel Beckwith and her mission to bring clean water to Africa. When I read this, I was touched, and trust me girls, you will be too.

Rachel set up a donation page on Facebook to raise $300 to bring clean water to African villagers. Sadly, she didn’t live long enough to reach her goal of $300. She died in a huge car pileup on Interstate 90 in Bellevue, Washington last week. But her death was not in vain. Since her death, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to the charity page she set up shortly before her accident. More than 9,000 people have donated $260,000 to her cause.

She told her loved ones that she didn’t want presents for her June 12th birthday, only donations to the non-profit company, Charity: Water. Here is what Rachel said:

“I found out that millions of people don’t live to see their 5th birthday,” Rachel wrote. “And why? Because they didn’t have access to clean, safe water so I’m celebrating my birthday like never before. I’m asking from everyone I know to donate to my campaign instead of gifts for my birthday. Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater projects in developing nations.”

She had only raised $220 by the time her birthday came, so she closed the page. But after the accident, her pastor at Eastlake Community Church opened the page again and posted it on the church’s website. As more people found out about her cause, more and more people donated to her page and left personal comments.

“Thank you for your generous heart and for inspiring such generosity in others,” wrote an anonymous donor who gave $45 to the charity. Another donor who left $9 wrote: “Say hello to my Jesse.”

Rachel’s mother Samantha Paul said that she is in awe of all the support and that she knows Rachel is smiling.

Even though she was only 9-years-old when she died, God used her in this world for a very big purpose. God can use ANYONE to do great things. No matter the age, race, or where you come from. That does not matter to him. What matters is that he gets the glory.

To donate or check out this cause: go to Charitywater.org.

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  1. Christian.girl4

    Posted by Christian.girl4 on February 25, 2014 at 12:20

    Wow! That is amazing!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Haley on January 1, 2012 at 19:41

    One of my classes at my school did a fundraiser and we donated our profits ($150) to charity water!

  3. Posted by on October 18, 2011 at 13:56

    awww i love that so much and i wish to do the same

  4. Posted by on August 21, 2011 at 19:50

    Thats so sad that she passed away. How heatbreaking for her family :'( Im glad she made such an impact before she passed. That is truly amazing.

  5. Posted by on August 21, 2011 at 11:28

    This is SO beautiful…it makes me want to cry. And I don’t cry easy either! ^///^ thankyou for the LOVELY story~ <3

    • Posted by Nicole on August 26, 2011 at 16:15

      God used her in such a BIG powerful way!! PRAISE God!!!

  6. Posted by on August 5, 2011 at 16:50

    Wow.

  7. Posted by ParisHolt on August 3, 2011 at 20:48

    She was adorable!

  8. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 06:53

    Wow . ! Amazing . Praise God . ! I Just Wrote An Editorial For School About Famine In Africa . It’s Called “Africa The Mother Land Is Dying . Can You Save Her . ?!” I’m Always Thinking Of Things I Can Do To Help Them And Dreaming Of Having The Money To Make A Big Difference In The World . Man And Just Reading This Has Brought Tears To My Eyes And I Have To Tell You I Feel Like Such A Crybaby Right Now . Aha . But These Tears Are Well Worth Crying For . Rachel You Have Truly Touched My Heart And I Want To Say To Samantha Thank You For Bringing This Little Angel Into The World And Letting Us Be Apart Of Her Legacy . ! Rest In Peace Darling . ! I Have Major Love For And Your Family . God Bless . ! <3

    • Posted by Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 22:30

      this was such a sweet prayer Angela! God bless you and your family!

  9. Posted by on July 30, 2011 at 14:32

    is the picture of the actual girl?

  10. Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 14:13

    Wow, that is amazing! God is amazing!

  11. Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 09:41

    what an amazing little girl! i know God is very proud to welcome her home 🙂

  12. Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 07:48

    Beautiful Story she inspires me to not be selfish

  13. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 21:48

    I dont have any more but i pray that this will touch a nonbelivers heart and they to will let God work thru them also. Also Pray for the Children in Africa,and there parents.

  14. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 21:15

    I read this online. This shows that good things can come out of bad situations. If there weren’t people less fortunate then others, those more fortunate would never be able to experience love, compassion, and the things we should hold most dear. This girl’s family is in my prayers.

  15. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 19:14

    This is beautiful! Something I urge all of the PI community to try is freepoverty.com, which donates up to 10 cups of water to charity, per question answered, regarding world geography. Another truly fantastic website like it is freerice.com, which donates 10 grains of rice for every correctly answered question. I think it’s really beautiful, and it really makes a difference! I know a lot of us do not have much money to donate, or don’t have access to credit cards or something, but what I’ve realized is that we all have time, and if we can donate just a little bit of time to better the world, we can make a huge difference! Thank you for this article, it’s very inspiring and touching!

    • Posted by on November 2, 2011 at 21:23

      thanks for sharing!! i went on those websites and i love them

      • Posted by on November 2, 2011 at 21:26

        whoops that was supposed to be a reply michela

    • Posted by Nicole on July 28, 2011 at 19:58

      Thank you for sharing this, I will participate!!

  16. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 18:45

    That is soooo amazing I love how dedicated she was and she was soo young she is such an inspiration and if we all lived like her we could make this an amazing place thanks soo much for sharing this

  17. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 17:26

    That is so amazing.

  18. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 16:22

    I live in Washington, and I was watching the News report on the program the day it happened. It was amazing and shocking, though the amount was far less then, and my Mom and I both shed tears for the little girl who “most likely wouldn’t make it through the weekend” because the accident had snapped her spinal cord. They talked about the project. This truly is amazing. How many little girls do you know of that would give up birthday gifts for people she had never met?
    Thank you for posting this. It is amazing, and I can’t believe how far this project of hers has gone.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 28, 2011 at 20:02

      It truly is a miracle, and this was God’s way of using this precious child for a BIG, big purpose! She is at home and celebrating her home in amazing Heaven 🙂 God Bless baby Rachel!

  19. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 16:15

    That girl is amazing…. if we could all affect the world like her this world would be such a better place!!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 28, 2011 at 19:21

      we CAN affect the world in a big way too!!

      • Posted by on July 31, 2011 at 19:20

        Has anyone responded to the letters yet?

      • Posted by Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 22:35

        which letters?

      • Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 22:32

        Our anti-cosmo mission will, and we are getting so close to reaching our goal!

      • Posted by Nicole on July 30, 2011 at 00:27

        Yes we are!! We are TAKING THEM DOWN!!

  20. Posted by on July 28, 2011 at 16:04

    I know that the people in Africa will be very greatful. God is so good.