I don’t like snakes. I don’t like their creepy little eyes, their slimy looking skin, or their sneaky way of getting around. But I was willing to bring one in to FaithWorks! a few weeks ago! I posted on facebook that I was looking for a snake. And the replies were quite funny! Not many took me seriously but those who did said they wouldn’t come to church that day if they knew there was going to be a snake! My intention was not to freak anyone out. It was to raise an awareness.
Clay Church has this amazing heart for digging wells in Burkina Faso, Africa. Recently our lead pastor, our executive director and two members of our congregation visited a few of the 50+ wells we have dug. They came home having learned that yes, the water is definitely helping the people of Burkina Faso! But there was another need.
Vipers are common and not very nice there. They like to crawl up and hide in the shade of rocks near people’s homes. They easily reach out and bite anyone disturbing them so mornings are spent by moms sweeping their yards and overturning rocks to chase these pesky reptiles away. Unfortunately, some are missed and people get a bite. A deadly bite.
It has been discovered that a small gadget, called a Hot Shot, can help save lives. This Hot Shot is used to stop the venom from causing a death. It basically gives a jolt, like a mini-taser, and does something…if I could explain it, I would…that stops the venom from taking a life. It is a simple, yet profound device. Here’s a video clip of it being used on a child.
Clay Church’s Firehouse youth ministries and FaithWorks! children’s ministries each has a goal of collecting enough money this spring to purchase 20 Hot Shots. That would make 40. And addition to that, each of these ministries has an anonymous donor willing to match what the youth and kids are able to purchase. So we have the ability to provide 80 Hot Shots to Burkina Faso!
Here’s the cool part. These Hot Shots are not handed out randomly. They are designated to be housed by the local pastor in each village. The same pastor who cares for the wells being dug. If someone is bitten by a viper, they can be brought to the village pastor to be prayed over and treated. This gives that pastor the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as lives are saved.
80 Hot Shots may not seem like a lot. But we’re really talking about 80 villages. VILLAGES. That’s a ton of people. A ton of people who are receiving clean water. A ton of people who can witness the miracles of Jesus Christ. A ton of people who can come to know Him as their Lord and Savior!!
I think these kids here in Firehouse and FaithWorks! are hot shots! Give them a goal and they hit it every time! We still have two more Sundays (May 20 & 27) if your child still wants to contribute toward another Hot Shot!