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Download Youth Ministry WEBshow #234

Another week, another episode of the Download Youth Ministry Show! This week McGill is back so the crew is all together again! We talk about youth ministry for 45 minutes every week or two, your questions answered every time … from another episode on our new set!

Just enough youth ministry so you don’t feel guilty for listening.

As always, thanks to our amazing sponsors who help with incredible giveaways:

Send in your questions to webshow@downloadyouthministry.com to be answered on a future show, too!

JG

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Download Youth Ministry WEBshow #233

Another week, another episode of the Download Youth Ministry Show! This week McGill is big timing somewhere so we’ve replaced him with the incredible Jason Carson. He kills it … until Parker abruptly ends the show then blames it on a technical error. Suuuuuure …. oh well, we’re glad to have you here in our little corner of the web. We talk about youth ministry for 45 minutes every week or two, your questions answered every time … this time we shoot a 2nd episode from our new set!

Just enough youth ministry so you don’t feel guilty for listening.

As always, thanks to our amazing sponsors who help with incredible giveaways:

Send in your questions to webshow@downloadyouthministry.com to be answered on a future show, too!

JG

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Download Youth Ministry WEBshow: Episode #229

Fan of the show? Never heard of it? Don’t know if you’ve been around since it was the SYM Podcast or the Youth Ministry Garage… regardless, we’re glad to have you here in our little corner of the web. We talk about youth ministry for 45 minutes every week or two, your questions answered every time … this time we shoot a show from a temporary office while our new space takes shape!

Just enough youth ministry so you don’t feel guilty for listening.

As always, thanks to our amazing sponsors who help with incredible giveaways:

Send in your questions to webshow@downloadyouthministry.com to be answered on a future show, too!

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Fundraising Opportunities with Humankind Water

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We’re so thankful for one of DYM’s sponsors, Humankind Spring Water. They are an incredible startup organization that was started this past year by some youth workers back east. It is a terrific idea and worth checking out, there’s some great opportunities for fundraising, too:

Humankind Water exists to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in need. 100% of the net profits fund water projects for those suffering without clean water all over the world. Nearly one billion people on this spinning planet lack access to safe drinking water. – That’s one person in seven. – Half of the hospital beds IN THE WORLD are filled with someone either sick or dying from lack of clean water or sanitation. When buying drinkable water your choice can make the difference, by choosing Humankind Water you will be helping us to build wells in communities that only have contaminated water to drink. please join us and help us by spreading the word.

JG

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Download Youth Ministry WEBshow: Episode #222

Another week, another youth ministry show! Check out this week’s episode of the Download Youth Ministry WEBshow with special guest, Mark Matlock! And as always, a special shoutout to our sponsors:

Send questions to webshow@downloadyouthministry.com

JG

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We Love Humankind Water!

We’ve been drinking Humankind Water all week and absolutely love this incredible product by youth workers and perfect for fundraising in your youth ministry. If you would like to get involved, watch the video above then click here to find out how you and your youth group can get involved. So cool!

JG

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Humankind Water WINS!


I’m so excited!

The announcement is in… Humankind Water won! See previous post.

*Youth workers who had an idea to get clean water into the world…they worked hard… and won!
*Ministries who are trying to get water into the world… will be helped by these guys.
*Kids without clean water will win.

Check this out:



Here is what the leader of Humankind Water wrote me yesterday:

Doug.

God is so good!

Thank you so much for getting youth workers to help with this vote. I can’t ever repay you. I’m not naive enough to think we would have won without youth workers getting involved.

WalMart still haven’t revealed the final totals. We won, Plate Topper (who had FIVE TIMES the youtube view) was second and the Eyeglass Repair Kit (double the views) was third.

Our voters were fewer but more faithful.

CNN’s report is promising the water will be in ALL 3800 stores!

Thanks again. I so appreciate the help of your blog crowd! I am so profoundly blessed!

peace.

T

I wanted to update you on what I asked you to help with… thanks again.

I also love the fact that youth workers support one another in many different ways–this does my heart well.

As I write this post, I’m in Syracuse, NY with my friend Duffy Robbins–where we’re teaching a 2-day workshop on Speaking to Teenagers, followed by a one day seminar (for parents AND youth workers) called, Building a Faith that Lasts. I love this trip, but what inspires me the most is the power of this Syracuse youth worker network. Different youth workers from several different denominations pooling their resources, talents and hearts together to do something that they couldn’t do on their own.

We are better together! Now, more kids will get clean water.


Question: Where are you combining your efforts with other leaders to be “better together”? I’m just curious. I’d love to learn from you. Share it here.


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BAD WATER kills more children daily than AIDS, Malaria, Measles and Warfare COMBINED.

I suppose you’ve never heard of a contest where you could vote for one contestant, and if they win, you’d save TENS OF THOUSANDS of lives. But that is exactly the case right now.

Text HKW to 50500 and I’ll explain what a difference that could make.

My name is T. J. Foltz. I’ve spent my entire adult life in youth and children’s ministry. Critically important work we do. I love it. But recently, some friends of mine and I were steered in prayer to start a bottled water franchise called Humankind Water. We give 100% of the net profits to fund wells and filtration systems in areas of the world where children are quite literally dying for a clean drink. 10,000 children will die TODAY for no other reason than the ridiculous PREVENTABLE cause–drinking contaminated water.

If you’ve taken a missions trip before, you’ve likely seen what I’ve seen and, like me, you’ll never be the same. Maybe you’ve seen a mother holding a baby bottle up to her toddlers mouth, and you said to yourself “Please, God. Please tell me what that kid is drinking is iced tea.” But it wasn’t. It was the only water she had access to. No wonder it kills more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

So here are a bunch of youth pastors, with help from experienced “business-types”, starting up a bottled water company. Figuring out barcodes and QR codes. We find the right source and make a cool bottle.

Then along comes WalMart’s contest.

Three months ago (now it seems like a year and half) a buddy of mine sends me an email. WalMart is having this competition, see. It’s like “American Idol” but for products, not singers. Whichever product gets the most votes gets a coveted spot to be sold on WalMart’s shelves. WalMart has 200 MILLION shoppers. Conservative estimates are saying that winning this contest could mean millions of dollars. And since we’ve committed to giving away ALL of the net profits, that will buy a LOT of wells and filters. We did the math–we could literally save tens of thousands of lives.

If you could win the lottery but you had to give it away, would it still be fun? Would it still be wildly satisfying? The contest runs like this: Everybody gets two votes per day. You can cast one via text (TEXT 4829 to 383838) and one via Facebook (click the “VOTE NOW” button at www.humankindwater.org)
4,300 products entered. Four weeks of a grueling round one, PRAISE GOD, we emerged in the top 10 – the finals.

And that’s where we are right now. And that’s why we need your help.

WalMart isn’t revealing exact vote counts or standings. They put out this mind-numbingly mysterious metric called “trending”. You can see it at their contest web site www.getontheshelf.com. But by our own metrics (and I wrote this a day before you’ll read it) we are in SECOND PLACE.

My friends, my fellow ministry leaders/readers: UNITE! If all of the youth pastors reading this blog will agree to vote every day, twice a day between now and April 24 AND if you get everybody in your youth group to vote it could push us over the top. How fun would that be? To have this national contest put on by the retail MONOLITH of the universe, be the contest that YOUTH MINISTRY won. Someone should write a book.

Let’s win this sucker. Let’s win this thing. Will you help us?

1. Pray. Pray for us to win, and in winning make millions, and in making millions save THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of children’s lives. I get $0 from the sales of the water.

2. Vote. Text 4829 to 383838. Go to www.humankindwater.org and click “Vote NOW” to cast your second vote, via Facebook.

3. Get the reminders. We set up a simple reminder tool which just might win the whole thing.
TEXT HKW to 50500. That doesn’t cast a vote. But it sends a “how to” on voting and gives the all important daily reminder to vote. Regular text charges apply with no surcharge at all. We promise not to hound you after the competition, but we most certainly WILL bug you til it’s over. There is so much at stake. This text has been our best tool by far.

4. Tell your kids. And please tell them right away. There are only a few days left.

5. Tell your kids to tell their friends.


I’m a single dad. Every night when I tuck my two beautiful boys in bed, the younger one, Elijah, always asks the same thing. “Dad, can I get a cup of fresh water?” I do what you do. Without thinking about it I get him a cup of water. I can’t imagine giving him sewage. But that’s exactly what millions of parents are forced to do. They have no choice. If we win, we will give hundreds of thousands of people that clean cup of water. Please help us win. Do you have a network of friends who don’t read this blog who might want to help?

If you and/or your church is interested… I’d be happy to come speak to your church/teens/etc… about youth in missions. I can share about taking a leap of faith. I can share about caring for the least of these. And I really hope I will be able to share about this National contest that we won! You can reach me at tj@humankindwater.org.

Thanks for all your help! God bless you.


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An EASY way to get clean water to children around the world!


Powerhouse behemoth WalMart is tapping into the “American Idol Genre” by creating an opportunity for the “little guy” to become famous. They call it “Get On The Shelf” and they’re offering one product the opportunity to be sold on WalMart’s shelf for a year. But, there’s just one winner.

Currently, one of the products in the contest is called HumanKind Water and 100% of their proceeds go toward helping the water world’s clean water crisis.

BAD WATER kills more children daily than AIDS, Malaria, Measles and Warfare COMBINED.

Here’s why I’m thrilled about this:

1. The brains behind this little water company (TJ Foltz) is a youth worker.

2. TJ’s had his life changed in Haiti when he saw the effects of bad water.

3. He’s running this company with some buddies–completely volunteer.

4. I think youth workers & their youth groups can actually make a difference.

5. Most junior high & high school kids won’t/can’t give money to solve the water crisis, but they will text.

6. We’ve already made a difference! This is what TJ wrote me a few hours after I Twittered this:

“Hey Doug, Thank you SO MUCH for all you’ve done for Humankind Water. You tweet and we are instantly INUNDATED with churches and youth groups wanting to get involved.”

7. I love TJ’s passion. He was bold enough to track me down during a Tweet-Up in Philadelphia last week and sold me on his vision. I’m in!

8. I’ve seen the effects firsthand on children in developing countries who have no clean water.

Here’s my simple ask:

1. Please vote (see instructions below).
2. Ask your youth group to vote.
3. Use your social channels to bring attention to this.

That’s it!

Thanks friends! The thought of WalMart buying millions of bottles in a year and the proceeds going to clean water is a cool idea. A simple idea. A doable idea. Thanks for helping this risk-taking youth worker.

Here are some links to check out:

WalMart’s Get on the Shelf Contest
HumanKind Water’s page on “Get on the Shelf”
HumanKind’s website & video
My short (1:52) video interview with TJ Foltz

Question: Will you join us in trying to make this happen? Let us know here.

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