Because You Shared A Cup of Cold Water

Women's Seminar at Bilisinga, Builsa District, Ghana
Women’s Seminar at Bilisinga, Builsa, Ghana

Does God speak in hyperbole?
Is He prone to exaggeration and blathering?

When God promises a reward for even an offered cup of cold water He means to give it.
But, the reward tells me that it means something to God, personally to Him, that we think of the thirsty around us.

In most of Africa water is central to the rhythm of life.
Each morning begins with the same ritual, carrying water.
Each evening these women and their children walk along the well worn path they follow every single day of the year, carrying water.



When we went to the village of Bilisinga for a Women’s Day I noticed a large cup being passed along among the women and children sitting on a bench. Each mother drank and gave some to her children, quietly passing the cup to the one seated next to her. This precious commodity means life in this village and tens of thousands of others like it across the continent.

You and I never have to look far to find someone nearby in need of a little refreshment.

It’s not the grand gestures God is speaking about. The large monetary gift or the selling of all we possess. He has shown us the depth of His compassion and care by reminding how easy it is to be used as an instrument of God. You don’t need a pulpit or a missionary trip.

A heart of kindness and love will never be without a cup of cold water for those in need.

And even though you didn’t do it for a reward, God will always remember your good deeds.

And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
Matthew 10:42

For God is not unrighteous to forget or overlook your labor and the love which you have shown for His name’s sake in ministering to the needs of the saints (His own consecrated people), as you still do.
Hebrews 6:10

~ This photo blessed me so much I wanted to share it with you. The little boy is excitedly sharing something and the mothers and children seem to be taking a moment from the laundry to enjoy his story.


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  • This was like water to my soul. Thanks for passing your cup. <3

    • Absolutely, my pleasure:) I can’t believe I’m missing you BD celebration. May I get a raincheck and redeem it when I come home?

  • What beautiful people! What a drastically different way of life and yet God’s message of truth transcends distance and culture. I love that! I love that His message is for all. Thanks for the glimpse of these women of Bilisinga. I know His Word will not return void. May it burn in their hearts, change many lives, and influence a nation.

    PS: I loved seeing how they carry these huge barrels on their heads. Such balance! Also, loved seeing the little boys sitting behind you and the excited boy sharing his story. I wonder what he was saying?

    Where will you be off to next?

    • Gary calculated that the water weighs 50-60 lbs as the containers are like a 5 gallon paint can. I think the graceful walk and perfect posture they have result from a lifetime of carrying water. Forget Pilates and Yoga and weigh-lifting. Shall we gather at the river??? The other aspect of it is the ‘community connection’ fostered by walking together every day. There is nothing to do but talk. I think that’s why they have strong bonds with one another. No ‘Garage Door Neighbors’ in a village:)

  • Wow! I just noticed this. In the first picture it looks as if there is a women who is carrying a child on her shoulders who then in turn is carrying the water barrel on his/her head. That is how they have learned this art so well. Early training!


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