Monday, November 9, 2009

H2O + 2,000 Twin Cities Youth + HL

This past week, we had the opportunity to be part of an incredible event called "Thirsty" where 2,000 young people came together in the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN to learn to be the difference between water scarcity and water abundance, to learn to be the difference between despair and hope.

Charles Banda, one of the presenters and Director of The Malawi Freshwater Project, came all the way from Africa to share with us his story about his experience with water and the work that he is doing to provide clean, fresh water. We watched a segment of Water First, a documentary on water and living conditions in his country, in which Mr. Banda and his organization are featured.

Heatherlyn and band performed music such as a rockin' remix of the traditional spiritual Wade in the Water, with original lyric stanzas by Heatherlyn: "Who are the youth in their sweatshirts and jeans...wade in the water...who will live for one another and pull up their sleeves?...God's gonna trouble the water." Later, Heatherlyn shared the story behind her song on water scarcity, Hard to Swallow and the band delivered like no body's business.

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