from the blog of Joshua Speight, Associate Coordinator
KBF partner congregation Ridgewood Baptist Church, located in the Pleasure Ridge Park area of Louisville, recently were led by their children to engage with the work of Watering Malawi. Watering Malawi, a ministry of Passport, Inc., advocates for long-term solutions to extreme poverty and hunger through access to clean water, irrigation and sanitation systems. The following is adapted from a letter received by KBF from Ridgewood Pastor Steven Schafer about their experience with Watering Malawi:
Over the last four years, Ridgewood has sent their youth and children to Passport Camp. Through these camp experiences, they discovered Watering Malawi. In 2013, the children of the church became very interested in the organization and wanted to participate on a larger scale.
Over the last two months, Carol Frame and the children's ministry of Ridgewood Baptist Church led their congregation in a mission opportunity to support Watering Malawi. Throughout the month of January, the children learned about life in Malawi. They discussed African folktales, ground corn, and learned the Malawian greeting. The children also learned about what life is like without access to clean water. They washed their hands in ashes, washed clothes in dirty water, and carried water on their heads. As they prepared to share what they had learned with the congregation, the children painted posters, decorated baby bottles to collect change, and created and decorated salt dough crosses to be sold within the congregation. They also learned a song entitled "Watering Malawi," written by Ridgewood's Music MInister, Rev. Fred Bogart, whose work has appeared on multiple Grammy-nominated CD's.