TED Thursday: Pritchard’s Passion

42 I was hungry and you didn’t give me food to eat. I was thirsty and you didn’t give me anything to drink….44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and didn’t do anything to help you?… …45 Then he will answer, ‘I assure you that when you haven’t done it for one of the least of these, you haven’t done it for me.’ (Matthew 25:35b, 37c, 40b, 42b, 44c, 44h, 45b, Common English Bible)

That water is an issue to come for the world I doubt is an argument many of us would speak against. Most of us realize that water is a necessary building block for life and that without it, we would die in pretty short order.

There are places in the world where the future is now. I met a man several years ago who had gone on a church mission trip to Haiti. Something he saw there yanked on his heart. He saw a child drinking dirty, standing water from a tire track. Perhaps it looked something like this…

or this…

The man found his passion and spent the next several months searching out the best and most cost effective ways to provide clean water for people in Haiti. He would have loved to drill them a well. But to do that all over Haiti was cost prohibitive. What he found the Sawyer Filter. My point is not to advertise. My point is, this guy found a way to bring clean water to a totally impoverished group of people in a third world country. He found a way to make a change. He took:



Allowing this to happen:

Afterward, he took mission teams to Haiti for many different kinds of work but the biggest thing was to get clean drinking water to people in Haiti. I haven’t talked to him in four or five years. I have no idea if he is still doing this work. I hope he is. Haiti is better off for the work he has done.

Today is my first TED Talk Thursday. I love TED Talks. The speakers are outstanding and many of the talks are delivered in such a way that they make the difficult to understand, understandable, even for those of us who really don’t have the background to fully grasp the concepts.

Such is the case for me. I don’t get all the science behind clean drinking water and contaminated. I am not a scientist. I am a preacher. I have gone to school for many years but none will help with this. I can, however, see the difference in dirty water and clean water. And, what some people isn’t just scary by what we can see.

What I do know is this, people need clean drinking water. Here is this week’s TED Talk by Michael Pritchard. He delivered the talk in Oxford England during 2009. The year on the calendar may be different, but the circumstances remain the same, if anything they are getting worse.

We can make a difference. My friend did. Michael Pritchard has as well. I am not trying to get you to hop on the next flight to Haiti. Haiti can’t handle all of us at the same time anyway. My point is, find your passion. Find a way for your passion to meet a world need. I am not telling you this is your ministry. I am telling you, use your gifts. Find your passion. Then combine the two and change the world. Well, change something about the world.

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Lest we think that water issues are third world issues, we have places now and will have more in the future here in the United States that look much like this picture.

These are places where children have drinking water but it comes from a bottle and not a tap. Why? It isn’t because it tastes better but because from the tap the water doesn’t JUST taste bad, it is toxic. There are toxic compounds in the water that make it not just unsafe to drink but unsafe to use in any way.

More about U.S. water issues next Thursday.


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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