Why did I join the Haiti Water Project Cause on Facebook? And why have I been adamant about getting my teens and family to join as well? Those are a couple of questions that I have been asked by a few people close to me over the past couple of weeks and the answer is simple; God. In the past couple of months I felt God stirring me to do something more and to be part of something bigger than just my little world here in Carthage, MO. I had seen the stats in the past about how much money it would take to provide clean drinking water to the world and it seemed to be a staggering number, but one that we as Christians should and could do something about.
Right before the Advent season, I was introduced to the Advent Conspiracy watched one of their videos and saw how much we would spend on Christmas this year and it literally hurt. I couldn’t sleep or eat or get that number out of my head. At this time I was starting a series with my teens called “Storyline” about how to change their story. I was getting ready to talk about how if they would change their plot and what they are about, it would change everything. In the message I was going to challenge them to discover a cause to get behind. I could not write the message. Here I was telling my teens that they needed to do something for the Kingdom of God in order to be a Christ follower who was not satisfied with just going to church and existing, and I wasn’t doing anything.
As I began praying about what I should do, God brought back to mind water and the fact that people are dying every day from lack of clean drinking water. How can they ever hear about the love of God if they die of lack of water before they ever get the chance? That did it. I decided that I was going to change at least one person’s life in a very simple way and so I determined that I am going to make a very concentrated effort to raise as much money as possible in 2010 for clean water.
So that evening I talked about changing their plot and then I shared with them what God had pressed on me to do and, to hold myself accountable, I told them my plan and invited them to join me. For the next year I am drinking water. That may not sound like much but instead of going out and spending money on soda, coffee, tea I am going to take that money and put it aside for clean water. When we go grocery shopping instead of buying cases of soda at $10 every couple of weeks, I am putting that money in the bucket. If I order something other than water I have to put the exact same amount of money in the bucket. That might not sound like much but I truly believe that it will add up quickly and as I encourage my family and teens to join me I expect God to do great things with what I am able to give.
I found Haiti Water Project through a very good pastor friend who had joined and donated his birthday to that cause in an effort to raise money. I decided that this was the organization that I needed to partner with and give not just finances but my energy, time and attention too. I joined and then went about inviting my family, teens and volunteer staff to this cause. I am excited to see what happens in the lives of those that my money will go to help. I am excited to see how God challenges my teens to serve Him even more as they see their youth pastor sacrifice something so small and insignificant here so that someone can have something as simple as clean water to drink.
Robb Gossen is a full time husband of a beautiful wife, daddy to the most adorable baby girl, and youth pastor to an amazing group of teens in Carthage, MO. When not working on one of those things he spends time working on his Masters degree from NNU, watching Kansas State sports and Kentucky Basketball.