Source of Power: Second Sunday of Advent

Posted on Dec 04, 2016 by Erin Todd
On this second Sunday of Advent, we invite you to read this reflection from Ron Block:   I was writing on my laptop, noticed the power getting low, and thought, I’ll get the power cable after I finish this paragraph. I went for what seemed like two minutes, and the screen went black right in […]

Gifts: First Sunday of Advent

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 by Erin Todd
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. We invite you to share this season of hopeful anticipation with us as we prepare our hearts for Christ by downloading our Advent calendar and original Advent Ambient recordings by Hollow // Hum. Our hope is that this collection of images, stories, poetry, and music will illuminate the […]

Changed Forever, For the Better: Part II

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 by Erin Todd
In yesterday’s blog, Sarah Walker shared about her experience traveling to Zambia with our October Vision Trip. Today, she shares how her mindset about development changed during the trip. — So how do we alleviate poverty without being completely ineffective, or worse, actually hurting the poor with this “poverty industry” of misconceived foreign aid? Well, […]

Abundant Riches: Part I

Posted on Nov 21, 2016 by Erin Todd
Sarah Walker recently traveled with Blood:Water on a Vision Trip to see the work of one of our local partners firsthand. In today’s blog, she shares what she experienced when she arrived in Zambia. — Before I went, I thought Africa was poor, and that America had great wealth. And in some ways, that’s true. […]

What a Relief! World Toilet Day is Tomorrow!

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Often, because of the urgent need for clean water, the development of best practices in sanitation and hygiene are overlooked. That’s why we are grateful for Blood:Water supporters, such as Allison Boley, who shine a spotlight on the importance of developing proper sanitation and hygiene practices. For the past three years, Allison has hosted her […]

Responsible Love

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 by Aaron Sands
“The complexity of responsible love in the name of justice and mercy leaves us with no cheap answers to any of the important questions.” (Steve Garber, “Visions of Vocation”) I keep coming back to this sentence. If I’m lazy, I hit “complexity” and feel overwhelmed and tune out. If I move past complexity and think […]

A Resident Nerd’s Dream(force)

Posted on Nov 08, 2016 by Erin Todd
  Whenever someone new walks into our office here at Blood:Water–without fail–I am always identified as the “resident nerd.” Often this label is self-applied, and it is actually true. Spreadsheets, data, back-end coding… I can’t get enough. So when I was asked to go to San Francisco to attend Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce convention, I […]

Knowledge is Life, Not Books

Posted on Nov 04, 2016 by Erin Todd
Elimu ni maisha si vitabu. Knowledge is life, not books. This African proverb perfectly sums up how my experience in Africa, as a student and staff member with Houghton College’s Tanzania study abroad program, shaped why I am passionate about grassroots African development and why I believe in Blood:Water’s work. I could write forever on […]

A Handy Innovation in Africa

Posted on Nov 01, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Today, the average person will touch their phone 2,617 times. We will touch our faces and other communal objects between 3.3-3.6 times per hour (and that is being conservative). Oh, and don’t forget that a swab of most floors will reveal around 230 bacterial species. But, no worries! A quick trip to the nearest faucet […]

A Collective Vocational Space

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 by Erin Todd
“What is it that keeps you awake at night? What is it that gets you up in the morning?” The weekend began with these two deceptively simple questions, and the answers were anything but simple. Thinking through the things that consume our minds to the point where we want to stay awake or get out […]

Justice, Mercy, Humility…and Coffee (of course) in Portland

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 by Erin Todd
The legendary, at least in my mind, trip to Portland, Ore., happened! Technically, the retreat itself was in Vancouver, Wash., but you better believe I made my way to the city for some quality Portland coffee. This summer, when I was interviewing for this internship with Blood:Water, I was told about the retreat we would […]

A Special Message from Leon: A Red Tie Gala Update

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 by Erin Todd
Last year, we were honored to have Leon Mbae, from the Tumaini Medical Center in Isiolo, Kenya, join us for the Red Tie Gala. Leon and the staff at Tumaini Medical Center help transform their community and end HIV/AIDS stigma one person at a time. While much of the battle against HIV happens in clinics […]

Addressing Water Shortage in a Desert Community

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 by Erin Todd
Bubisa means “windy place.” It is a harsh, desert environment in northern Kenya, where scarce resources like water are critical for survival for the people and their livestock, upon which they depend. In 1954, a borehole was installed in the community, and the population of both people and livestock has been consistently on the rise […]

A Week of Collaborative Learning

Posted on Oct 07, 2016 by Erin Todd
In August, we gathered representatives from each of our partner organizations in Nairobi, Kenya, for a week of collaborative learning, sharing, engaging, and relationship building. This was our second annual Partner Summit, designed to create opportunities for our partners to share ideas, experiences, and victories. Hear directly from our partners about what this time meant […]

Pilgrimage Music Festival: A Gateway to Our Mission

Posted on Oct 04, 2016 by Erin Todd
Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to represent Blood:Water at the annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn., alongside Dan Haseltine, Blood:Water co-founder and artist relations, and our engagement intern, Amanda Wojcinski! Though we were lucky enough to have our booth in full shade all day, I think we got a very […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 4

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Jena’s sense of defeat continues as she faces more brokenness in the world, and she starts to question if justice is really worth fighting for. As she begins to look for a way to step out of Blood:Water, thinking she can no longer fight against the intense brokenness of this world, her husband, James, […]

Looking Back on Summer FUNdraising

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Yesterday was the first day of fall! As we move into a new season, we want to honor the epic summer fundraisers that supported Blood:Water with their hard work and creativity. We were blown away by all the Lemon:Aid fundraisers who participated this summer, and it’s impossible to highlight all the great work they did! […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 3

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary Upon attending the funeral of a college friend in Lwala, Kenya, Jena learns about the practice of ignoring grief due to the high frequency of death in the community. She also witnesses extreme cultural differences when she spends time with women in the village–including the women’s lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, the abuse the […]

Don’t Miss Pilgrimage Pairings Next Weekend!

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 by Dan Haseltine
Get ready for one of the greatest nights of music you will ever experience! John Paul White, known for his deep-rooted, shadowed Americana that served as the backbone of the critically acclaimed, multi-Grammy Award-winning duo, The Civil Wars, will play a haunting set of live music alongside the harmonious and ever-talented pair, The Secret Sisters, […]

Blood:Water Book Club: “One Thousand Wells,” Section 2

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 by Erin Todd
Summary After touring with Jars of Clay for a while, Jena Lee Nardella flew to Kenya with Joel, a Blood:Water volunteer to investigate possible partners for Blood:Water and strategize for the 1000 Wells Project. While in Kenya, Jena and Joel learned the importance of doing work with the poor community, not for them; that it […]

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