Sometimes life is hard. One keep working, trying to pay bills and forgetting that life is not about oneself… Its about others, blessing others, giving to others…
The need in the world is bigger than we can imagine. We keep looking out for ourselves when there is such a big need on the outside. We keep looking at our own lives, keep looking out for ourselves, forgetting about others. Something needs to change in us. We need to constantly remind ourselves that life can be more than just ourselves. There can be a life more fulfilling, more rewarding when we give from ourselves to the world.
I watched this inspirational story of little Rachel, the little girl who wanted to give water to people who did not have, who battled just to survive each day. She is one very brave girl and we can learn so much from her. Maybe she was looking at the world, not seeing the hurt, not seeing that not much (through adult eyes) can be done. Maybe she was looking at the world with her own eyes, that of a little girl, seeing hope where there is no hope, seeing a solution where there seem to be no solution. She is one brave little girl and I take my hat of to her..
Thank you Rachel for the difference you made… you died, but your dream, your hope of giving water has been given and more will be done because of your belief..
In short her story:
Tekloini Assefa stood in the middle of a huge crowd, surrounded by Ethiopian priests, mothers, and children. Rachel Beckwith’s mom, Samantha, Rachel’s grandparents, and others in our group sat listening. We had all flown halfway around the world just two days earlier to visit some of the 149 communities Rachel helped in the north of Ethiopia.
A little over a year ago, Rachel was your average nine-year-old. She loved Taylor Swift and had a secret crush on Justin Bieber, although she’d never admit it. She had a loving family and a heart that wanted to solve every problem she saw in this world. Once, she cut off all her hair and donated it to make wigs for kids who had cancer. So when she sat in church one day and heard Scott Harrison from charity: water give a talk about how kids her age in Africa didn’t have clean water to drink, she immediately decided to help.
With her mom’s encouragement, she created a fundraising page on mycharitywater.org, telling her family and friends that she didn’t want presents for her ninth birthday. Instead, she asked them to donate $9, as she was turning 9. Rachel wanted kids like her to have clean water to drink.
She had a big goal: to raise $300 and give 15 people clean drinking water. She fell a little short, raising $220, and told her mom that she’d try harder next year.
A month later, Rachel was in a tragic car accident on highway I-90 near Seattle, Washington. A trailer had jack-knifed into a logging truck, sending logs tumbling down the freeway. More than a dozen cars were caught in the pile-up, and the trailer smashed into the back of Rachel’s car.
She was the only person critically injured, and on July 23rd, 2011, she was taken off life support.
When the news spread about Rachel’s story and her birthday wish, people all around the world began to donate on her page. Some gave $9, some $19, leaving comments like “This is the rest of my month’s salary…..” A month later, 30,000 people had given more than $1.2 million. Read more at : Rachel Story