Our Mission Is To Help When And Where We Can
Not everyone is in a position to leave everything at a moment’s notice and go halfway across the world to help their neighbor in need. Sometimes, all you can do is watch the news, pray for those hit by such tragedy, and send support however you can.
But sometimes you know that you can do more and actually go yourself.
It is crossing this line from merely talking about it to going and doing something to help that has brought Thirsty Ground International into existence.
The love of Christ compels us to make the sacrifices of time and resources to try and be actively involved in helping people in the world’s worst-hit disaster areas.
From our first mission to the Philippines after super-typhoon Haiyan, to the quake-hit villages of Nepal, to the desperate refugees fleeing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, our volunteers aim to be where the need is the greatest and where the message of compassion in the name of Christ speaks the loudest.
We are a Christian non-profit organization whose mission is to bring hope to those in disaster-stricken areas through the love of Christ, manifested in both physical aid through water purification, food delivery and basic medical care, as well as spiritual aid in the form of counseling affected survivors and sharing with them the truth of God’s saving grace through Christ.
We find it imperative to provide both for the physical and spiritual well being of those involved in a disaster.
If we only approached the spiritual needs, what good does this do to someone who needs food and water right now or else they will die? Where is the compassion in that? However, if we only dealt with the physical needs, this would be short sighted, as eventually all must die and stand before God.
Our organization operates under the oversight of Sovereign Grace Community Church in Corpus Christi, TX and seeks to function as a rallying point for those in like-minded churches across the world to come together and deploy to provide much-needed aid to disaster areas.
Turning Contaminated Sludge Into Pure Water
When sending a small team into a region where the infrastructure is devastated, the roads are closed, and there is no food, water or electricity, it can be a challenge to do much of anything.
The most frequently needed item in a region following a natural disaster, and the most important physiologically for immediate survival, is clean water.
It is ironic that, logistically speaking, transporting in clean water is one of the hardest things to do considering it’s weight/density, liquid properties that must be contained in tankers or containers, and other factors.
But often in a disaster, there is plenty of water to be had, if one had the means to purify it. This is where the highly portable and zero-power-needed Sawyer water filters and the 0.01 micron Life Straw water filters provide our team, and those we serve, with immediate access to clean water.
Both units are gravity-fed filtration unit that can produce about dozens of liters of pure water in an hour. The combination of these two devices allows our team the flexibility of both immediate and long-term solutions to fulfill pure water needs for a local community.
These two purification solutions are powerful enough to take the worst sludge out there and transform it into a clean glass of water, helping to sustain the community while the normal infrastructure is rebuilt.
All filters are provided to communities via donations to TGI and are free of charge. Properly cared for, the filters can potentially filter millions of gallons of water over their life time.
When More Than Clean Water Is Needed
We know that certain disasters cripple infrastructure, meaning food, medicine, shelter and other basic needs are completely unmet.
We also provide food, medical and educational assistance based on financial availability and medical staffing resources. Whether it is a 50kg bag of rice, a month worth of life-saving heart medications, or a semester for a Syrian child to attend school for the first time in years, we seek to determine the best way to meet the needs of those suffering in these disaster areas.
We have provided blankets and heating oil for cold climates, tarps and tin roofs for rainy climates, rebulding materials for totally devastated communities, and other habitation-related resources on past missions.
We know disasters can be man-made as well, such as the current Syrian refugee crisis, and don’t necessarily so much destroy infrastructure and displace people groups through violence or other means.
Often in these cases a clean water mission is not warranted, in which case we seek to prayerfully consider the best approach to serve these people. It could be a medical mission, or providing food, or bringing blankets, tents and baby formula, helping educate displaced children, or any other thing needed for survival.
We are not committed to any one particular need or specific methodology; what we are committed to is serving others in the love of Christ with needs they actually need met!
We seek to work with and through regional contacts to best determine the actual needs of those we desire to go help, and seek to be flexible and adjust as needs change on the ground.
How To Get Involved
You can follow along on active programs and relief missions by following our updates.
You can support us by praying for us and for those in the disaster area, and if you feel so led to donate something to enable us to buy more relief goods, basic medical supplies, support ongoing relief programs, and help with the financial burdens of caring for the poor in disaster areas.