Churches and other religious organizations talk about missions. However, when it comes to actual doing missions, not every church in the Richmond, Virginia is doing so. On the other hand, there are some churches that are mission-minded and are quite involved in missions at home in the Richmond area and abroad.
Rachel Beckwith was only 9 years old when she died from a tragic car crash on Saturday, July 23, 2011.
Rachel was taken off life support after she sustained fatal injuries in a 14-vehicle pile up near her home in Bellevue, Washington three days earlier, CNN reports. She had a passiion for bringing clean drinking water to those in need. After her death, Rachel’s mission is continuing by her pastor, her parents and those who have been touched by what she was doing.
In June she refused to accept presents for her birthday. She asked her family and friends to contribute instead to charity: water, a nonprofit that provides safe water to developing nations.
Rachel raised $220, just $80 short of her goal. News of past birthday mission has touched many people.
According to the Seattle Times, Rachel’s mother, Samantha Paul, was traveling on I-90 when a semitrailer jackknifed into a logging truck. The logs clogged traffic, causing the pileup. Then, the trailer ran into Paul’s car. Rachel was the only person critically injured during the accident.
Donations continue to pour into Rachel’s fundraising project. At last count, there was more than $250,000 with donations in various amounts from as little as a few dollars up to thousands. A $900 donation was posted from an anonymous donor, along with a $5 donation from a child who wrote: “I wish I could give more, but I’m only 8 years old and this is my week’s allowance. I hope it goes up to at least $1,000,000.”
If you feel led by God to do so, honor Rachel’s birthday wish by giving to charity: water through Rachel’s fundraising page.
Let’s stop talking about missions. Let‘s do missions.
UPDATE: 8/3/11 – Rachel’s campaign has hit $781,712 and counting.
UPDATE: 8/12/11- Rachel’s campaign reached $1 million today just two months after her compaign started.
UPDATE: 8/17/11 – Rachel’s campaign reached $1,157,964.