Give the gift of clean water this Christmas

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM.

On Jan. 3, 20 members of his congregation will join five members of Global Effect and fly to Santiago to distribute the water filters that will enable clean drinking and cooking water that will help about 3,000 people in four villages who have no electricity or running water.

On this trip, the group will help spread the Christmas spirit by also distributing toys, candy, and hot meals to 750 children.

Sage said candy is one thing that gets the young ones excited, not to mention the Polaroid pictures the visitors take of them.

"They don't know what they look like as they have no mirrors," said Sage.

Sage said the group seeks to meet the people's basic needs before witnessing to them. But on the back of each picture they place a Bible verse, and when the photos are handed out, the gospel is shared.

"We share with them the gospel of the birth of the baby Jesus, why he came, his teachings, and his resurrection," he said.

After four years and nine to 10 trips down for this ministry and becoming sick many times while there, Sage said it is all worth it.

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