Fighting World Thirst – World Water Day 2012

Today is World Water Day.  This cause is dear to our hearts because dirty water kills, steals childhood and children’s education, creates orphans – and the list goes on.  Clean water became very personal for us nearly two years ago when Russ traveled to Kenya with Until Then, a ministry to street kids, and he realized that as a hydrologist, he could have an impact on the lack of clean water in the villages there.

Russ and Isaiah traveled to Kenya in December 2010 to dig the first wells.  When Isaiah returned home, he launched The Water Fight, a student-led initiative committed to fighting World Thirst in the name of Jesus. It is comprised of groups spread around the country that raise money for water projects, spread awareness of the crisis, and “fight for something bigger than ourselves.”

Isaiah created this video to promote awareness of the need for clean water and increase awareness of The Water Fight.  We are just a little bit proud of him. I would be so thankful if you would share his video, “like” it on Facebook, Tweet it, or do whatever you can to promote it. If you want to support the work of The Water Fight, that would be fantastic, too. If you have kids who want to get involved, have them contact Isaiah at

Since that trip, Samuel traveled to Kenya with Russ, and in a few weeks, Russ and Isaiah plan to head back to work with our Until Then/Water Fight Kenyan Team.  We are excited to see what God is going to do and we know His plans are even better than we could imagine.  Please pray for us as a family, as you know, it is going to be very hard for to have them gone, and for the water projects in Kenya which are literally saving lives.

We’re so honored that God is letting us be part of something so wonderful.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. amy
    March 22, 2012

    Shared… and I just wanted to say how much I could know your family in real life. You seem like truly people I would love to know.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 23, 2012

      Thank you, Amy. Who knows – maybe we'll meet one day; I'm sure we would enjoy knowing you too.

  2. Mavis
    March 22, 2012

    You guys are amazing! …and God gets all the glory – AWESOME!!! What an awesome thing your son is doing! …may it go viral!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 22, 2012

      Mavis, thank you! We would be thrilled to have it go viral – or even just go big; God is in control of that. Please share it!

  3. safe drinking water
    January 22, 2015

    Unless we build our ability to utilize water wisely as a part of agribusiness,we will neglect to end hunger and we will open the door to a range of different ills,including dry season,starvation and political instability.In numerous parts of the world,water scarcity is expanding and rates of development in agricultural production have been slowing.In the meantime,environmental change is intensifying danger and especially for farmers,particularly for poor farmers in low-income countries who are the most defenseless and the slightest ready to adapt.

    —Rachel Wood.


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