There are many seemingly simple experiences that can drastically shape the outcome of one’s life. For Ezrah, that moment came during his senior year at the Passion Conference of 2010.
“I was awakened to social justice and how it related to worship and global problems,” says Ezrah about his experience.
Many nonprofits and global ministries had experiential booths at this particular conference, and the one Ezrah encountered, Living Water International, consisted of students carrying five gallon buckets of water for 1/8 of a mile. This demonstration was to help students feel a fraction of what many women around the world feel as they carry buckets approximately four or five miles a day to access clean water.
In the fall, Ezrah began college at Texas A&M and became an environmental studies major. While there, he met Henry, the co-founder of the Wells Project and college outreach advocate for Living Water International.
The Wells Project is a branch of Living Water on Texas A&M’s campus that raises money to build wells around the world through an annual fundraiser called 10 Days. The program picks one region or village to build wells in—last fall, it was Rwanda. For ten days each fall, students pledge to give up coffee, soft drinks, and anything but water, and give the money they would have used for drinks to the 10 Days project to build a well. Ezrah signed up immediately.
“I said to myself, ‘this is what worship is,’” said Ezrah.
Now Ezrah is finishing up his senior year and serves on the Executive Board of the Wells Project. Over the past few years, they’ve raised awareness about global water problems and continue to foster new leaders within their organization every year.
The fundraiser 10 Days has grown from a Texas A&M-only event to a vehicle for college campuses to get involved in solving the water crisis issue. It has now become the advocacy group for Living Water International in colleges around the country. Now, 204 schools are involved, and they have raised over $200,000 in the last three years. This last year alone, they raised $147,760 to provide water for seven communities in the Ruhango district of Rwanda.
Although Ezrah’s heart lies in doing ministry work, Ezrah isn’t sure what the future holds. For now, he’s working hard to continue changing the lives of less fortunate people all over the world, one step at a time. Because even one changed life makes all the difference. And to think where he’d be if he skipped the Passion Conference in 2010?
“Dream big and go for it,” he advises other twentysomethings who aren’t sure of their paths. You never know where you might end up.