The story behind the photo

We love coffee, and thought a coaster would be a great way to connect our vision with you. On the back of the coaster, we speak of partnering with our work with Convoy of Hope. We wanted you to know a bit more about the photo, and the work for which we’re asking for this prayer and partnership.

Here’s the story:

Pastor Tom, a wise leader in Uganda, looked at the Convoy of Hope Intern team and said, “Please show this picture to your friends in the USA and tell them that this is the water that makes my family sick.” As a show of respect to him, the photo is below. Josh Thomassen, who took the photo, knew the importance of getting clean water to this village.

We had talked about the truth that approximately 1 billion people lack access to a purified water source, that water born disease kills thousands each day, and that Convoy of Hope is working with local churches around the world to make a difference. Our intern team built a water filter in the village, and provided a way to clean over 99% of the contaminants in the water.

The little boy with this jug? He’s one of the villagers who is benefitting from the water filters. He joins people around the world who use water filters provided by Convoy of Hope and our teams. Many are significantly healthier. These filters are but one piece of our Children’s Feeding Initiative.

Finally, my life changed when I read Isaiah 58:10, “And if you spend yourself in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness and your darkness will become like the noonday.” I wanted to be sure and include this on the coaster as well.

Here’s the picture of Pastor Tom. If you’d like one of our prayer coasters, please email me your address at mattwilkie (at) I’d be happy to send you one. Also, this is the second coaster in the series. You can read about the first here.

Again, we value your prayers and partnershipWe commit to: living with integrity and generosity, a strong work ethic, and with good communication to you. We thank you too.

Pastor Tim points out the water that makes him sick.



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