Making a Difference in Birmingham and Abroad: The Word and Water Project

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Mission Makers Word and Water Person getting baptizedWhen most Americans reach retirement age, they look forward to traveling, visiting family, and taking a break. Not so for the men who launched The Word and Water Project. In 2017, God laid upon the heart of several businessmen in the Birmingham community a desire to finish strong for the Gospel as they approached their retirement from corporate America. From those conversations, God inspired Jeff Middleton to establish The Word and Water Project, a non-profit organization that reaches people for Christ by sharing His Word and other life-sustaining elements, such as clean water. “Several of us were in a weekly Bible study together. We were studying the book of James and were challenged to put feet to our faith,” says Middleton. “Around the same time, we became aware of the clean water crisis around the world. We thought that by ministering to people’s physical needs we could also have the opportunity to share the Good News of Christ.”

Middleton and his team believed that the most effective ministry model would come from partnering with like-minded, local ministries who best understand the culture, language, and needs of their community. The Word and Water Project empowers indigenous believers to reach their own neighbors with Bibles, clean water, and supporting technologies. Since its launch in 2019, The Word and Water Project has partnered with ministries in Alabama, Uganda, Thailand, and India to provide for projects such as:

  • A solar well system that provides clean water for more than 5,000 people for villages in Western Uganda
  • Supplies and volunteers for Grace Klein Ministries in Birmingham
  • Seed for local Ugandan churches to distribute to over 1,500 people impacted by the global pandemic
  • Ministry support for CrossTies Asia, who saw 1,400 new believers baptized in one day
  • Bibles and other training materials for pastors and new believers in India

Mission Makers Word and Water Girl washing face with clean waterIn the coming year, The Word and Water Project has partnered with a local church in Kumi, Uganda, to dig three wells and install a hand pump and basin. This will provide easy access to clean water for more than 7,000 people on the remote Tsai Island- where many die from preventable diseases due to poor water quality. “You really don’t have to look far to find people in need,” says Middleton. “Many are looking for someone to simply come alongside them- to provide a ‘hand up,’ not a ‘hand-out.’”

You can help satisfy the deepest thirst of people in the Birmingham area and around the world by joining the faithful supporters who give prayerfully and financially to The Word and Water Project. All donations directly support work in the field, helping sow the Gospel, and The Word and Water Project’s Board of Directors covers all administrative and marketing expenses. For more information on how you can be a part of the ministry, visit and follow along on Facebook and Instagram @wordandwaterproject.

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I think, sometimes, as women we forget the power we have in setting atmospheres. I believe God has gifted us to provide a place of comfort and joy in our homes. Other than always speaking words of encouragement to our family, creating a cozy home is a great way to do that. Here are some of my favorite things to do:

1. Light a candle. Think seasonal.

2. Add throw blankets to the living room. This serves as decor and is functional as well. We love to grab a throw and cozy up on the couch and watch TV.

3. Cook a meal together. There’s just something special about gathering in the kitchen with one another.

4. Eat at the dining room table as a family. We believe in always sitting down together for dinner. That’s where we catch up and chat about our day.

5. Keep the house picked up and dishes out of the sink. This may be a little hard with small children, but having a designated place for toys make it easier to put them all up at the end of the day. We keep the dishwasher loaded to keep dishes out of the sink during the day.

These are a few things I try to do to keep a cozy home. They are simple, but so helpful!

—Charlotte Evans Russell

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Read Charlotte’s faith story here

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Publisher’s Note

As we turn 21, we would like to invite you to come and celebrate with us! Here’s a snapshot of just some of the fun, free activities taking place at the Celebrate the Family Expo! Saturday May 8, 2021 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex.Girl with Face Painted

  • Kid Zone inflatables courtesy Fun Source!
  • Face Painting courtesy Painted Personalities.
  • Live Music including performances by Kevin Derryberry.
  • Meet and greet with Birmingham Christian Family(BCF) past cover stories and special guests like Pelham Mayor Gary W. Waters.
  • Enjoy product and food samples offered by exhibitors as well as resources to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the family.
  • Onsite free recycling of electronics and free shredding provided by Gone for Good, a program of United Ability from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Kevin Derryberry PerformingOnsite King’s Home Thrift Store donation truck to take your donations and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt. Your donations will help the women and children at King’s Home.

Expo 2020 Inflatable SlideSpecial Thanks to our Title Sponsor Vulcan Termite & Pest Control Inc. and our Major Sponsors Children’s of Alabama, Classical Conversations, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, and Vision Financial Group as well as our 50 plus exhibitors.

We look forward to seeing you and your family as we Celebrate the Family & 21 Years of FREE Good News! Visit us at for the most up to date and detailed schedule.

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