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San Diego donors raise support for water in Niger

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

On May 1st, Women of Vision San Diego held their spring fundraiser Clean Water = Life which raised money to support World Vision’s water projects in Niger and the Strong Women, Strong World initiative. Friends and family came together for an amazing evening featuring speakers including Marilee Pierce Dunker, World Vision Advocate, and Steve Haas, World Vision Chief Catalyst.

by Meg Stewart, WOV San Diego

It was an exciting evening at the Lexus Centre Escondido with over 160 of our faithful partners, friends, and donors enjoying the beautiful and colorfully decorated venue, the delicious chocolate fondue buffet and most of all, each other’s company. The program focus was the urgent need for clean water and to raise funds for a deep water well in Niger – part of World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative.

The program was skillfully directed by our gracious emcees, Alan Nocita, who entertained and encouraged all. The featured speakers, Marilee Pierce Dunker, Beth Yeager and Steve Haas from World Vision were engaging and compelling with heart-breaking stories of faith and courage and made a passionate call to be the hands and feet of Christ to build a better world for children.

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

Marilee, daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce, shared her memories and photos of the original Women of Vision: her mother, sister, and missionaries Beth Albert and Tena Holkeboer. She then challenged us with the question “Why not you?”

Beth led a photo journey with Women of Vision – first to Washington D.C. lobbying our Congress and then on Vision Trips into many difficult parts of the world.

Steve was riveting as he passionately shared his experiences and the reality of the desperate lives of most children in the world today. He told the story of a young man named Richard in Africa who lost both parents and was heading the household of his younger brothers and sisters. His older brother had abandoned the family – an unheard of thing in their culture. As Steve asked “So what would make Richard stay?”, he showed us the calling and commandment from God through Scripture to care for those in need and to “Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

Photo courtesy of Meg Stewart

The evening culminated with an “auction” to drill a deep water well for Niger. The response was quick and enthusiastic as pieces of a video puzzle were purchased and removed to reveal a photo of an African community celebrating a new well. Collectively we raised $11,150 to help provide clean water in Niger. It was truly a blessed evening! Praise the Lord!

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