Spring is here! Time to crawl out of winter hibernation and the depths of cold and flu season to embrace getting healthy. Some families sign up for a 5K race to get everybody moving again. But what if you could get fit, get your family outside, grow your faith, and make a difference for a great cause?
That’s a tall order for any family activity, but it really is possible. In fact, thousands of families are signing up for the Global 6K for Water on May 6 for all those great reasons. Bonus: You can do it from anywhere, and each registration fee provides clean water for a person in need!
Why a 6K for clean water?
6 kilometers (3.7 miles) is the average distance people in the developing world walk for water every day! Women and children, especially girls, spend hours every day hauling water that isn’t even safe to drink. But they have no other choice. We can change that.
Family fitness: The family that walks together …
Most of us need to spend less time on the couch and more time getting outside and being active. The great thing about the Global 6K for Water is that you can make the distance as easy or as challenging as you want.
Most people will walk the 6K, some will run, some will push strollers, and a few crazy athletes will do the 6K while carrying a heavy jerry can full of water! Whatever you choose, training can be a great family fitness activity.
Even if you’ve been couch potatoes all winter, you can start with a 20-minute walk and increase your time from there every day. You’ll:
- Increase your cardiovascular fitness
- Get some vitamin D
- Enjoy the beauty of God’s creation
- Feel really good about helping others
Training tip: When you drink clean water out of your water bottles, remember why you’re walking (or running)!
Growing your faith
Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42, NIV).
As you train together, get your family talking about ways you can be the hands and feet of Jesus in your community and around the world. Here are some conversation starters:
- Who do we know who has a need we could help meet?
- How can we share the Living Water of God’s love with those around us?
- What are some ways we can look out for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40)?
The process of fundraising and training for a cause like clean water can be an inspirational and faith-building experience. Some people feel called to set big goals and then find unexpected joy when God helps blow those goals out of the water!
You can watch an inspiring video, learn how the Global 6K for Water works, find a location, sign up, set up a fundraising page, and get training tips and help through Team World Vision.