Shanon Dickerson had family and friends who loved him dearly, tremendous intellectual ability, a personality that drew people from every walk of life, and a wit that could make an angry person laugh until it hurt. Rather than investing in self-serving endeavors, Shanon took discipleship of Jesus seriously and used his life to serve others. When a rare cancer forced him to leave full-time mission work in former East Germany, Shanon remained contagiously positive about life, using time between his cancer treatments to serve and befriend those in need.
Whether teaching immigrants English, counseling youth camps, administering career assistance, helping friends overcome addictions or doing the splits on the dance floor, Shanon remained more burdened with those who did not have an advocate of their own. When confronted with the reality that thousands needlessly suffer and die daily from a lack of clean water, Shanon challenged his friends to join him in raising money to drill wells in Africa and India. Thus, the Living Water Project was born in 2000. Social events, public speaking events and hobbies were turned into fundraisers, and a sense of responsibility to help the helpless became contagious as well. Though his time on earth was short, through Shanon, a community of people realized they could make a significant difference in thousands of lived by taking ownership of a cause greater than themselves.
Today, through The Living Water Project, Shanon continues his love affair to help the hopeless and dare those who claim Christianity to do the same.