In the middle earth of nowhere’s desolate wasteland, someone found a spring bubbling up, and around that hot, mineralized water
an aqueduct project was born! Water is just as essential to sustaining life as the air we breathe, but for those
of us who grew up taking clean drinking water and hot baths for granted, aqueduct projects may not seem as spectacularly vital as they truly are. I remember a couple of early experiences that shocked me into understanding water problems from a more global perspective. As a teenager, I spent some time working among rural people in the mountainous region around Monterrey, Mexico, where even children were engaged in carrying water over a mile up steep slopes to help sustain their families, and a “bath” consisted of rubbing ash on the baby’s skin. At 20 I taught high school in North Carolina and discovered that
a few of my students didn’t even have running water in their rustic homes. But, it wasn’t until visiting the Sahara Desert last summer—with the sun beating down on me and nothing but sand stretching out for miles in all directions—that I finally understood the intense desperation thirsty people feel…and the lengths to which they’ll go to have their needs met. On our trip to Tunisia,
the guide had us stop at one of these amazing aqueduct projects. A complex structure was built to protect and transform
the water shooting up from a thermal spring. The precious water was air-cooled before being collected and channeled into an aqueduct that carried it miles through the desert. Without that aqueduct, no one could have settled in this desert region. Spiritually, humans are no different.
Without the the Water of Life, no spiritual life can be sustained. There is an aqueduct project here in America to channel the western world’s abundant spiritual resources to parched lands around the globe. It’s also called Aqueduct Project, and it’s being developed by my son,
Jonathan (about whom I wrote yesterday), and a team of students and scholars from around the world. If you have any interest in finding out more or helping out,
here’s the website: http://aqueductproject.org/ “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
(All pictures were taken in Tunisia last summer. In case you have trouble with calcium deposits in your drinking water…note the mineral-encrusted reed!)