Clean water for God's thirsty children
Hurricane Eta Brings Catastrophe to Honduras
In already-impoverished areas, a hurricane destroys the little that people have, and leaves them grasping for help.
This is just one example of the horrible destruction Hurricane Eta left in its wake.
Children and families have been left scrambling for clothing, shelter, and especially clean water. Please help us bring relief to this devastated area.
Hurricane Eta has devastated Honduras, leaving homes destroyed, water treatment severely hampered, and drinking water being rationed. In response to this tragic event, Water With Blessings will provide critical assistance to citizens in the area.

Honduras is the place where Water With Blessings first introduced the concept of Water Women using Sawyer PointONE filters to provide clean water to their own and four other families. Now the need for those filters is even more urgent. Our team in Honduras will soon go to the hurricane-affected areas with water filters and train as many as 450 Water Women per week.

This is a lifeline for thousands of families: clean drinking water will become available for a minimum of 1,500 new households per week. That means more than 6,000 people avoiding polluted water and water-borne disease.
The plan for relief includes the following areas of work and collaboration:

  • The Sawyer Company (that produces the filter) will match all filters for immediate distribution in Honduras 1:1 for the next two weeks
  • Another donor is prepared to provide funds for 2,500 filters
  • The Water With Blessings team is ready to deploy tomorrow – Monday, November 16 – and will continue distribution and training for at least three months
  • Data and analysis reports will be provided to all donors

At this time Water With Blessings has 5000 filters committed, but we need sponsorships (at a temporarily-reduced rate of $50 each per filter) to match the filters that have been provided by Quality Home Products of Houston, Texas, and Sawyer Products of Tampa, Florida.

With the coronavirus still spreading, it is the worst time for this to have happened.
Please help us bring relief and clean water to these suffering families – God’s thirsty children.
Cradles of Christ 2020
Save The Date! DONATE!

The Cradles of Christ Nativity Display will be virtual this year. Now everyone can enjoy experiencing the beauty of the Christmas season in a new way.

Here are the important ways you can participate and support the efforts to provide clean water to families in need around the world:

The Silent Night Auction, featuring lots of great items, begins Thanksgiving Day. You can bid on gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, a Roomba automatic vacuum cleaner, a Bed & Breakfast stay, Santa theme baskets, spa packages, manicures, beautiful artisan Nativity Sets, and much more. Track your bids each day to make sure you get the one-of-a-kind gifts you want. It will all take place on our website, so be ready!

Cradles of Christ Advent Journey Series gives you a few moments of quiet in this busy season. Subscribe to the Advent Devotion for no charge, although as you will see, donations are accepted. Each day you can view a unique Nativity and video description from the owner, then read the accompanying scripture verse and reflection. Please sign up for your subscription using the following link: Cradles of Christ - Advent Journey

Share your Nativity with us for the Cradles of Christ Advent Journey by signing up on SignUp Genius link: Share your Nativity Sign Up

And we will keep telling you about some of our wonderful auction items.
Here is this week's highlight:

Win a One Night Stay at Captain's Cabin Bed & Breakfast, the most unique Bed and Breakfast in Louisville Kentucky! You will enjoy a historic 1800s log cabin, but with all the modern conveniences of home. Plus, a hot gourmet breakfast will be delivered to your door.
Minimum bid $200, Value $325. Donated by Tammy Donelson.

Please feel free to reach out to Debbie at debbie@waterwithblessings.org with any questions.

Remember to sign up for the
Frankfort Frosty 5K/Fred and Me 143

Calling all runners and walkers: you can support Water With Blessings by participating in this year's race. Everyone receives the traditional race t-shirts, and is eligible for weekly door prize drawings, and at least three Grand Prizes. But you have to sign up.

The race (virtual this year) is on Sunday December 6. Please click on the link below for more information.

And Sister Larraine has agreed to meet up with Louisville area supporters on Sunday, December 6, to walk the 5K at nearby Weatherby Park! We'll take off at 2pm... bring a thermos of something hot!
In Honduras and around the world, the need for filters is greater than ever...

Whether it's the destruction of Hurricane Eta, or our new collaboration in Zambia (see the item below about this week's Coffee Chat), we have the opportunity to bring hope and the blessings of clean water to those in need.

When you support Water With Blessings, you are investing in this life-saving work. But we need more help.

Please consider forwarding this email to a few of your friends. Perhaps they too would want to be a part of this growing effort.

And remember that you can make a long-term impact by clicking the link below to become a sustaining donor to Water With Blessings. By giving $12.50 each month, you can sponsor two new Water Women each year.

We'll be sure to send you information on seeing where your Water Women live and the impact your gift is making.
Coffee Chat: Learn about a new partnership in Zambia
Zambia, in Central Africa, was once called Northern Rhodesia. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and home to some of the most joyous people you will ever meet.

This week's Coffee Chat will introduce you to Sr. Theresa Konsolo, OP, a Dominican Sister of the Sacred Heart. Three other Dominican Sisters will also join us: Sr. Margie Davis, Sr. Gemma Doll, and Sr. Judy Morris (whom you know as a member of the Water With Blessings team). Sr. Judy's Congregation makes grants from its Shalom Fund and is now considering a request from the Zambian Sisters to provide filters and training to new Water Women.

Having the Sisters with us to pray and talk over how things are going will make it a special day. And I can guarantee more than a few laughs along the way.

Remember, we have moved the time permanently to a noon chat every Friday. Water With Blessings has friends and supporters all over the country, this gives more people a chance to join us.

So if our old time was too early for you, please consider clicking below to be a part of the conversation. Then grab a mid-day beverage and fire up the connection. Once you join us, we think you will want to make it a habit.
Pope Francis Gives Thanks for
God's Gift of Clean Water

Last Sunday, November 8 Pope Francis spent part of his weekly address celebrating a special day in Italy:

Today in Italy we celebrate the day of Thanksgiving on the theme “Water, blessing of the earth”. Water is vital for agriculture, and it is also vital for life! I am close in prayer and affection to the rural world, especially to small-scale farmers. Their work is more important than ever in this time of crisis. We urge the protection of water as a common good, the use of which must respect its universal destination.
We believe every child should be drinking clean water. Are you with us?
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