Like many of you my summer has been busy and filled with more things to do than my arms can hold. The months of summer always offer the promise of trips to the beach, fun memories with the family and for the Jordan’s a family summer photograph. Traditions are a fun way to create a string of memories and ever since my two boys were barely able to walk I have somehow found a way to get them contained inside a photographers field of view for long enough to capture the summer family photo.
This year was little different and a lot easier as my sons are now 11 and 13. They still don’t beg to have their photos taken but have embraced the tradition and indulge their fathers desire to capture the passing of time in a photographic memory. We have all likely heard the old saying that “the cobblers children often have holes in their shoes”. My boys have been hearing about Wells of Life and the work we engage in daily to bring water to many communities across rural Uganda. This year I boldly challenged both of my sons to help create a well at out Run 4 Water 5K/1K event in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. I aptly named the well Jordan & Sons Well. This well offered a talking point for us to delve into the many parts of the well drilling process and there was much excitement last week when the first photograph of this well correctly named after Michelle, myself, Manus and Patrick Jordan.
I think the boys finally realized how permanent a gift of Love and Life a well really is and as a follow on from that, both my boys volunteered to work as greeters at last Mondays annual Donor Appreciation event. The Jordan boys did their part to honor our most treasured asset at Wells of life, our top donors. The photographs of Manus and Patrick hard at work helped me realize the importance of the "cobbler taking time to mend his children’s shoes". Very shortly Michelle and I will kneel beside this and nine more wells as we lead a team to rural Uganda and give thanks for the Blessing of Blessing others with he gift of water.
In my next message piece I will share how it felt to return to the very spot where Wells of Life was founded almost nine years ago this year. With 300,000 people receiving the gift of clean water daily I know we are on the right path towards involving many more of you here who are searching for a cause to invest your life energies into.