Miracle Story: God Used This Little Girl In Such A Big Way to Provide Water to Thousands of People!
Written by Paris Holt | July 28, 2011
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.