Climbing mountains for clean water

KEITH, HUNTER AND LUKE HARRISON
At the peak of Mt Harvard in Colorado
These guys are the perfect example of what our Love, Action, Faith Scholarship is intended for. They showed their Love of others who have a need for clean water, by an Action of climbing an over 14K ft tall mountain to raise funds for repairing water wells in Malawi, because of their Faith in Jesus Christ.

What a beautiful day for climbing and raising money for repairing water wells in Malawi.
Below is what Keith wrote and the links if you would also like to contribute to this worthy endeavor. They are listed as Harrison Family at the Clean Water Climb link below. **Note: Because we sent in a check it is not currently included in the total raised so far** 💛 Be sure to read till the end for a sweet and funny story about Lauren and Keith.  He is married to Christina, one of Bryan’s first cousins. 💛 This July, two of my sons (Hunter and Luke) and I will be teaming up with a group to climb Mt. Harvard, the third highest peak in Colorado, and the fourth highest in the lower 48 states (14,420). This trip will combine three of my favorite things…time with my boys, spending time in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, and making a difference in the lives of people. You might be wondering how a trip to the Rocky Mountains doing something I love is going to make a difference in the lives of people, especially people on the other side of the world. This trip will be a part of a Clean Water Climb (www.cleanwaterclimb.net) which partners with Child Legacy International (https://www.childlegacy.org/). Child Legacy International Inc. is a Christian non-profit organization working in Africa to transform lives by providing opportunities that break the generational cycle of poverty and despair, and support each person’s pursuit of their God-given destiny. Money raised from this trip will be used directly to repair water wells throughout the country of Malawi.  Malawi is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Millions of people throughout the country don’t have access to a clean or reliable water source. Since 2008, Child Legacy has been repairing wells throughout the country, and to date, has provided clean water to over 9 million people (45% of the country) by repairing over 4600 wells. There is still much work to do and many people to help. One of my favorite things about this process of repairing wells and bringing clean water to the people of Malawi, is that when the wells are repaired the Gospel of Jesus is shared with the villagers as well. While physical water flows from the wells, the living water of Jesus is offered to the villagers. Countless lives have been changed and transformed by the power of the Gospel through Child Legacy and this mission. The average cost to repair one well is $1250. One well can provide water to 100’s and even 1000’s of people for years. In fact, for every dollar raised approximately 1.5 people can drink clean water for up to 5 years. My family and I would love to raise enough money to repair three wells ($3750 – one for each of us going) and provide clean water for 10’s of thousands of people for many years to come. We can only do it with your help! The cost of our trip has been covered, so any money you donate will go directly to repairing wells for the people of Malawi. That’s right, 100% of the money raised through this site will go to repairing wells and bringing one of life’s essential resources to people who desperately need it. I would love for you to prayerfully consider partnering with us and making an impact of the people and the country of Malawi. No gift is too small.  Thank you in advance for the difference you will make! Blessings, Keith, Hunter, and Luke Harrison 💛  When Christina and Keith started dating she brought him to the family reunion and introduced him to everyone.  He made a great impression on everyone because he is friendly, easy to talk to, has a great smile and handsome too.  Apparently Lauren became enamoured with Keith because in front of Christina she told Keith…”I’m going to marry you!”  Age didn’t matter to her… she was 7 and Keith was 23 yrs old…lol.  Christina said “She was gonna try to beat me to him.  It was so cute and bold of her.”  I said “We did teach her to ask for what she wanted.”  We all still laugh about it.  I would have been happy to have Keith as a son-in-law, but he was the perfect guy for Christina.  They have been married over 23 years and have 4 awesome boys.💛

Precious baby hats & blankets

17820715_10208042508449951_1898368167_oLauren’s cousin, Jaymi Taylor, posted a message on facebook a few months back.  She wanted to crochet some tiny baby hats and blankets to give through a program, Carewear, at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas.  She wanted to know if anyone wanted to join in.   She was making some herself already and she volunteered to crochet more for anyone who bought yarn.   I jumped at the chance to participate.   So we gave Jaymi a Love, Action, Faith scholarship to continue Lauren’s legacy of helping others.

Jaymi enjoys crocheting and it helps with her anxiety…it calms and centers her…giving her something to focus on.  I can certainly relate to anxiety issues.  A few years ago I had an anxiety/panic attack that sent me to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack…very scary to say the least.  Maybe I need to take up crocheting… again… for my anxiety.  My Grandmother, Mama Bea, tried to teach me years ago but she was left-handed and I was barely able to grasp a simple chain stitch…God love her she tried…I sure do miss that tiny, sweet woman.

As you can see Jaymi did a fantastic job and I love the striped hats, the texture on the blankets and all the different colors.  She lovingly attached tags that stated “In memory of Lauren Alston” and on the back is the Foundation website…so people can read about Lauren and what the foundation stands for.  Jaymi was able to make 48 hats and 8 blankets.  Lauren loved babies and I can just imagine how colorful the nursery is going to look with those precious babies in their new hats and blankets.  Thanks Jaymi…love you and your kind heart.