Play with a Purpose (with Us) This Sunday!

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 by Katy Maki
Blood:Water has partnered with the new sports app, FireFan, to help raise money and awareness in connection with the NFL Playoffs. You can help support Blood:Water by simply downloading the FREE FireFan app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store and joining our game: JOIN OUR GAME Just follow the link to sign up […]

A New and Improved Recurring Donor Experience

Posted on Jan 06, 2017 by Audrey Milicevic
It’s a new year, and Blood:Water has new, exciting changes coming in 2017! First up on our list is moving into a new donor processing system that will make our donor experience more user friendly. We listened to your suggestions in 2016, and because of our new system, monthly donors can now access their own […]

The Story We Remember: Last Day of Advent

Posted on Dec 24, 2016 by Erin Todd
Thank you for reading along with us this Advent season. We hope the readings in our Advent calendar and original recordings by Hollow // Hum have helped illuminate the richness of the season and ushered in moments of contemplation. On this final day of Advent, we invite you to read this reflection from Steve Garber: […]

Wonder: Advent Reflection

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 by Erin Todd
We are in the final week of Advent. We hope that as you making the final preparations for Christmas, you are continuing to prepare your heart to celebrate the coming of Christ. We invite you to reflect on the wonder that His coming brings with this poem from Brooke Waggoner: A tangling of trees. Moss […]

The Perpetual “Yes”: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 by Erin Todd
  On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we invite you to read this reflection from Mike Donehey: In the first chapter of Luke, an angel tells Mary she’s going to give birth to the Messiah, and though confused, distressed, and most likely bewildered, she wonders, “How can this be?” The angel answers her, “The Holy […]

Carry Each Other: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 by Erin Todd
On this third Sunday of Advent, we invite you to read this reflection from Jeremy Cowart: Why do some people who experience success describe still feeling empty inside? Marcus Buckingham said, “Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we’re taking on too much, but because we’re taking on too little of what […]

Friday Fundraiser Feature!

Posted on Dec 09, 2016 by Audrey Milicevic
Happy Friday from Blood:Water! As we move into a new year, we want to highlight a few fundraisers who help fuel our mission to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises with their creativity and hard work. If you don’t know Sally Kuhn, you’re missing out! She’s traveled with us to Zambia and competes in triathlons […]

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 […]

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