Three months ago I was travelling to Cambodia with our partner, Lifewater International. I had been to visit our project sites there before, but this time was different. This time I was going with Lifewater’s CEO, Justin Narducci. Visiting the people was incredible and it was evident that God was using water as a platform to share about the Living Water found in his son, Jesus. We saw house churches popping up around water points and realized that because of the wells, people were hearing about Jesus for the first time!
After a few days in Cambodia, Justin asked me to meet him in the lobby of our hotel for some coffee. He told me he had something to tell me that he had been thinking and praying about for some time. My curiosity was piqued, and I agreed. Over coffee, he shared with me that Lifewater has been around since 1977 and does a great job at developing programs and partnering with major donors. He then expressed kind words about Activewater and how we do a good job at rallying a younger demographic to take action when it comes to the water and sanitation crisis. He had many encouraging things to say about Amie and me and our last five years growing an organization from the ground up.
What came next was a pleasant surprise. He expressed his belief that we can address the global water and sanitation crisis better together than we can apart. As he continued, he shared that there are many tasks that Amie and I spend our time doing every day that Lifewater already has staff members doing. “By joining our team,” he explained, “we can free you and Amie up to do the things that God has gifted you to do.” Through combining forces we could cut many of the expenses that both organizations were paying and, in doing so, we would be able to be better stewards of donated funds and serve more people. “We can do this better together.” At the end of our conversation, I shared with him that this was an honor to be asked and I would take this back to Amie and the Board of Directors and touch base once we got back.
Over the past 5 months, Amie, myself, and the Board of Directors have been in conversations with Lifewater International discussing the exciting potential of this and we are excited to announce that with a unanimous vote from the Board of Directors, we have combined forces with Lifewater International!
This mutually beneficial decision was based off of fiduciary responsibility, Kingdom impact, complementary strengths, scope of projects, giving percentage, affinity, stability, and the ability to serve more effectively. The bottom line is that we can provide more people with safe, clean water in the name of Jesus.
So what does this mean? Although we will communicate in more details over the next few months, here are some things you need to know:
- Activewater becomes a powerful athletic-branded division of Lifewater, “powered by Lifewater.”.
- Amie and I will continue to work out of our office in Kalamazoo, MI.
- Activewater now has many more resources to grow and serve more people!
Amie and I have been well taken care of during this process. We now serve alongside a very competent Lifewater staff and we couldn’t be more excited about the changes that have taken place. We ask that you celebrate with us in this because it’s your support that has helped us get here.
We will be hosting a Webinar on August 21 at 12:00pm (EDT) for you to find out more about our future as partners with Lifewater. Click here to register. Now what are you waiting for?! Go tell everyone that Lifewater and Activewater have joined forces and there is going to be some serious Kingdom impact!!!
Donor Engagement Lead