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Projects done by churches in Massachusetts that received Mission Match® funds

June 2005

Congregation in Massachusetts provides a water purification system for community in Haiti ...click to open/close

The youth at an Episcopal church in Massachusetts raised money to provide an entire community in Haiti with a water purification system. According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, the middle school youth of this Episcopal church raised money for an entire year to buy this reliable source of pure drinking water. The materials stated that, "Haiti ranks last on the International Water Poverty Index, less than half of Haiti's population had access to clean drinking water and one Haitian child in 12 dies before reaching age 5." In their application, the young people provided statistics on child deaths due to unclean water to support their request for the $3,000 Mission Match option. According to materials from the church, "this project has been inspired by our youth in grades 6 & 7." According to the materials, "two young people gave a sermon based on John's Gospel about the Samaritan Woman at the Well" as a way to start communicating to the congregation about this project. In response to doubts expressed by an adult leader on the ambitious goal of the youth, one youth said, "Let's think big, that's the way God is." According to the Mission Match application, "This project is significant in that it is a youth initiative which is inspiring interest, enthusiasm and involvement among many of our parishioners. As our 6th and 7th graders are contributing so much via their time, creativity, event coordination and overall leadership, we hope that success in this project will lead to a longer-term congregational commitment to Haiti." A pamphlet created to promote this project was called "Mission: Possible" and helped convey the scope and urgency of the need for safe water. The church pastor said, "We see this project as a vehicle for the Holy Spirit to work in our youth, our entire congregation and the communities in which we live, as we join with many of our local brothers and sisters to help some of our distant ones. The youth have confidence that God would make this happen." According to a Mission Match follow-up letter the Youth Coordinator stated, "Thank you for giving us such a great boost (in both finances and enthusiasm)! Our entire church has been very supportive of - and actively engaged in - this outreach effort. I believe this journey we're taking will affect many lives, both here and in Haiti."