Starfish, Drinking Water, & You!

We are often confronted with overwhelming circumstances.  We got lost in the facts or data points about a story.  We struggle to not only feel connected to the problem but have no idea how to help.  Or maybe we do know how to help, but think our little bit of help won’t have an impact. Have you ever heard the story about the young man throwing starfish back into the water?

Trust me it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the billions of people who are suffering around the world. What can I sitting in Minneapolis, Frankfort, etc do about a problem in Congo, Somalia, Iraq?  Let me make it a little easier for you.  You can support me and my endurance efforts and change someone’s life.  Every dollar raised through my efforts for Team World Vision will directly impact a person in Congo.

Did you know that people are dying from waterborne diseases? Illnesses that might not you and me off our feet for 24-48 hours are literally killing people.  A person dehydrated from diarrhea – drink water that only makes them  sicker.  That’s shameful.  $50 can provide that person access to clean water for life.  See it is simple.  You give any amount and someone’s life gets better.  $50 is a nice round number – but any amount, $5, $10, $100, $1,000 they all change people’s lives.  Even a dollar would have an impact.

Today you can be the man in the Starfish story, ” it made a difference for that one.”  Click here to donate, then come back and read the story.


While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.

He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.

If you donate today and write Starfish in the message box I’ll send you a special starfish story card and pin! Please take 5 minutes to provide clean water and make a difference for “that one”.

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