Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's

 
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.
 
"We pray that God continues to bless your efforts as you help change lives.  We are blessed to be able to partner with you in this endeavor."
-Tim Kightlinger