Tim Kightlinger, Director of Youth Ministry at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Urbandale, Iowa, challenged a group of 135 teens to step outside themselves and do something to help people in dire need of support. Tim urged the teens to reach for a goal that would only be possible if everyone contributed.
A leadership team was formed, and they began spreading the word about the world water crisis and Wells Bring Hope's mission to transform lives with safe water. The team developed a slogan with which to motivate the community, "Give a little so others can have a lot."
Teens contributed monthly by donating what they saved from making small sacrifices - skipping Starbuck’s before school or lunch at McDonald’s on the weekend. Others raised money by doing odd jobs like dog-walking. Families were also challenged to make small sacrifices like eating in and renting a movie and then donating the money they would have spent on going out. By “giving a little,” the teens of the Gloria Dei congregation raised over $2,800 - more than half of the money needed to drill a well in a rural village in Niger, the poorest country in the world.