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Play the Living Water Bracket Challenge!

Welcome to the Living Water Project Bracket Challenge!  Your entry to this unique bracket pool will help us provide clean water in deserving communities around the world where it is currently inaccessible.  Even if you're not a basketball fan, you can still try your luck - or, help us out by forwarding this to your friends. The winning entry will have the privilege of: 1) Honoring a loved one or friend with one of Living Water's 2013 wells (you'll receive pictures, GPS coordinates and information about the village, and a sign or plaque will be placed at the well), and.... 2) Naming the Otter Creek Church (Brentwood, TN) basketball court as they choose for the next year, until next year's contest.

Here's how to play:

1) Go to http://livingwater.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=13_cbsinv

2) Enter the group password - water2013

3) Important: If you don't already have a CBS Sportsline user ID, you'll need to create one.

4) Enter your picks! *Be sure to note the scoring system, under "Group Home", then "Scoring and Rules". Deadline for entry is 11:15 am Central time on Thursday, March 21.

5) Entry fee is $20 per bracket, maximum entry is 10 brackets per person (additional donations are definitely accepted!). ALL PROCEEDS benefit The Living Water Project, and will go toward construction of life-giving clean water wells.

6) Please send your entry fee of $20 per bracket to: The Living Water Project Otter Creek Church 409 Franklin Rd. Brentwood, TN 37027

7) Please make checks out to "Otter Creek Church", with "Living Water" in the memo line of the check.

Questions? Contact Brooks Lokey at brookslokey@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Living Water Project, visit www.thelivingwaterproject.us

10 Years Later - Celebrating Our Founder Shanon Dickerson

May 25, 2012 These are busy and exciting times for Living Water, but today we pause to remember and pay tribute to Shanon Dickerson, who founded this ministry in 2001. We lost Shanon 10 years ago this past Wednesday (May 23), but his light shines brighter than ever despite the passing of time.

Those of us who were involved with Living Water from the start have wondered aloud recently whether Shanon envisioned it becoming this thriving ministry that has touched and even saved so many lives around the world. While we’re not sure of the answer, one thing is for certain: Shanon knew he was planting seeds in our hearts for a harvest he probably wouldn’t see here on this earth. I’m sure that I'd heard before 2001 that millions around the world lack clean water, but the statistics were lost on me until Shanon inspired me to take a closer look.  If not for him, being involved in a ministry like Living Water might have never even crossed my mind.

Over the past 10 years, many, many people have been impacted by Living Water who never had a chance to meet Shanon.  His story has been told over and over, and those who hear it are often inspired to consider what impact they are having on the world around them, and whether they are using God’s gifts to the fullest.  Even before his battle with cancer, Shanon lived as if life was a gift to be treasured and lived passionately.  Cancer only further revealed and magnified what was already inside him.  This excerpt from the Living Water website says it well:

“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.”

Shanon had an uncommon presence that made people feel at ease – both those he knew and those he was meeting for the first time.  He invested deeply in relationships and encouraged us to live in community with each other.  Simply put, we are better people for having known him.

In 2009 Shanon’s parents, Bobby & Jerri, founded Shanon’s House of Compassion (www.shanonshouse.org), a “home away from home” for families caring for a loved one in medical crisis in Huntsville, Alabama.  The house is yet another expression of love inspired by Shanon’s life, serving those who are often facing life’s most difficult moments.

As we look back and remember our friend today, we also look forward with excitement to his continuing legacy.  I have a feeling that this is only the beginning.

Jon Lee Director of Operations The Living Water Project

Spring 2012 Mission Update

  Spring 2012 Mission Update

John 4:13-14: Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Exciting Times Ahead for Living Water in 2012!

The past three months have been very exciting for Living Water! Between Ken Switzer’s amazing 60-mile run for his 60th birthday, Otter Creek’s “Presents With a Purpose” event, and other generous donations, more than $42,000 was donated to the ministry. This was a great ending to a wonderful 2011, during which Living Water funded 34 wells. Big plans for 2012 are taking shape, which include water projects in Guatemala, Haiti, Zambia, Togo and other countries around the world.

I want to add a special thanks to Leslie Ford for putting this new e-newsletter together, and to Stephanie Shackelford for contributing as well. We received several compliments on the inaugural edition in December, so thanks to Leslie and Stephanie on a job well done!

We are so grateful for your support of this ministry.  Hoping you have a blessed 2012,

Jon Lee Director of Operations The Living Water Project www.thelivingwaterproject.us/

The Living Water Project....By the Numbers: 12 countries served.  61 wells funded.  $232,200 contributed to clean water projects.

TOKENS Show Partners with Living Water

The popular TOKENS show, hosted at Lipscomb University, has offered 50 tickets to their March 27th production to help raise money for Living Water.  The show begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are $25 each, the proceeds of which will go directly to Living Water.  Please email sjshack@aol.com to reserve your tickets.  For more information about TOKENS, visit www.tokensshow.com.

Well Spotlight:

Village of Hope Uganda

In January 2011, The Living Water Project funded construction of a well to serve Village of Hope Uganda, a ministry that cares for formerly abducted orphans in Northern Uganda, many of whom were forced to be “child soldiers”.

Village of Hope (VOH), located near the city of Gulu, built a “Village” in 2009 on 100 acres for almost 200 of these orphans with an elementary school, medical clinic, church, library, 30 acres of agriculture and homes where they are loved and nurtured instead of living in fear and uncertainty for life and their future. A second village is currently under construction, and the Living Water well will provide water for this new expanded property.

Currently the well is providing water to hundreds of people in the surrounding community, in addition to providing VOH with the water necessary to construct homes, schools, a church and staff homes to complete the second village. Once the second village is complete, it will also be used to provide irrigation for farming and water for a fish farm.

Cindy Cunningham, Founder and Director of VOH Uganda, said, “Thanks to the well provided by The Living Water Project at the new village, hundreds more formerly abducted orphans will soon have a place to call home. It will not only provide water for these orphans, but the many staff that care for and teach the children. The well is also open to our neighbors to provide them life-giving clean water. In an area that is war-torn and where water is hard to come by, this is a message of hope and a future for hundreds of people in the surrounding community.”

Cunningham added, “There IS another well in this community, but the owners are not willing to share the water. By our willingness and desire to share our water, this is an incredible testimony to the community around us that God cares about them as well.”

To read more about Village of Hope Uganda, visit http://villageofhopeuganda.com.

How Much Does a Well Cost?

We at Living Water are often asked the seemingly straightforward question, "How much does it cost to fund a new well project, from start to finish?" The answer, of course, is not so simple. It depends. It depends on a variety of economic, geographic and cultural factors, many of which are out of our control. Click here to learn more!

8th Graders Make a Long-Term Commitment to Living Water

Eric and Brooke O’Dell were looking for a unique way to challenge the 8th graders they work with at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Nashville to look beyond themselves. They proposed an opportunity to raise funds for The Living Water Project and allowed the students to design their own goals and fundraising activities, making sure the students took responsibility to sacrifice their own money and time (and not just their parents'!).

These twenty-five 8th graders have committed to raising $2,000 during each school year (enough to fund two wells in Togo each year), and they hope to raise enough money to build a total of 10 wells and to fund their trip to see the wells by the time they are seniors in high school.

By selling over 300 cupcakes baked by Brooke and water bottles on a Sunday morning in September, the students have already raised over $1,200 toward this year’s goal. They also plan to host a “Water Ball” for their entire youth group in April and have distributed "water banks" for each student to fill with loose change.

Thank you to the 8th graders at Harpeth Hills for your support of Living Water and for becoming advocates for Living Water to your friends! Thank you to Eric and Brooke for your leadership and creativity. For more information about their effort, to volunteer to help, or to donate money to their activities, email Brooke O’Dell at brookelit@hotmail.com.

If you would like to start a similar fundraising effort for a group with which you are connected, please let us know.

Winter 2011 Mission Update

Winter 2011 Mission Update 

John 4:13-14: Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

 

Welcome!

Welcome to the first edition of our e-newsletter!  We hope that you will take a moment and read about the exciting things happening with the Living Water Project.  Our goal is to send this newsletter out quarterly as a way of better informing and connecting you to this ministry.

To date, Living Water has funded 43 clean water wells in 12 different countries, and more than half of these have been constructed in the past 18 months. We are excited about what lies ahead for 2012, and we invite you to join with us on this exciting journey.

Jon Lee Director of Operations The Living Water Project http://www.thelivingwaterproject.us