MILAN, Tenn. (BP) — Joshua Guthrie was a troubled teen. Like many others of his generation, the high school sophomore was troubled by the needless suffering of so many people in so many places. Hunger and poverty. Wartime atrocities and sex trafficking. AIDS orphans and genocides.
It seemed so impossible for a 16-year-old in west Tennessee to make a difference.
Then Joshua read “Do Hard Things” a bestselling book by twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris, at 20 years old only barely out of their teens themselves. The book challenges young people to rebel against “the myth of adolescence” — the notion that teens are by nature irresponsible, immature and rebellious. “By breaking the mold of what society thinks we are capable of, teens can achieve so much more than what’s expected,” the brothers write. “We’ve seen ‘average’ teenagers transformed from channel changers to world changers who are accomplishing incredible things.
“The book rocked Joshua’s world. Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
“For as long as I can remember, my family has supported children through World Vision, and we have gotten their catalogs, which list items you can buy for needy people around the world,” Joshua said during an interview at his parents’ home near Milan, Tenn. “I had always wanted to be able to buy one of the really big items, like the largest well, which was $10,000.”
Joshua knew that clean, safe water is a life-and-death issue for nearly 900 million people around the world. He found it deeply disturbing that water-related disease kills more than 3.5 million people each year — the vast majority of them children, almost half of them because of simple diarrhea.
Joshua zeroed in on the idea of giving other teens an achievable goal: giving up one drink so they could give $1 to help build one well in Sudan. He set a goal of raising $8,000 by Christmas. With his parents’ help, he reserved an Internet domain — dollarforadrink.org.
actual well which Dollar for a Drink funded last year
Way to go Joshua. Little is much when God is in it. For a surety God and Joshua brought life given water to a portion of Sudan. You too can keep the hope alive for these Sudanese people. Head on over to www.dollarforadrink.org and make your contribution.
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