Art Department Fundraiser to Support Local Ministry
Posted on: February 3, 2021
Tigerville, SC (April 6, 2019) The North Greenville University (NGU) Art Department is hosting “Vessels to Serve” fundraising event on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 6 – 8 p.m. in Hayes Ministry Center on the NGU campus. Tickets for the event are $15 and includes a ceramic bowl handmade by NGU faculty and students.
Participants will be served dinner in their bowl of choice and will be able to take the bowl with them after the event. All proceeds will go to Water of Life, a Greer, SC-based non-profit organization, for the purpose of drilling a well in India.
NGU Instructor of Art Hayley De González says the art department has had the goal of using their talents to honor God and serve the community, as well as the world, and they are grateful to see this event become a reality.
“We are hoping that it [fundraiser] is something that we will be able to do every year with different ministries. We are so happy to have the opportunity to contribute the funds from this event towards the drilling of a new well in India, which will provide much-needed clean water,” she said. “With this project, the gospel will shine through and be poured into the lives of the people. We are vessels to serve, and we are so honored that we are able to use our talents to spread the love of Christ.”
According to the Water of Life website, providing access to clean water for every human across the globe is their monumental goal. They consistently drill more wells every year, with over 350 new wells drilled in 2016, providing more than 300,000 people clean water for generations to come. In doing this, Water of Life is reversing the curse and trend of rampant disease and daily death for entire regions.
The non-profit was established in 2002 when Roland Bergeron, owner of a custom home building company, first heard that more than 800 million people in the world didn’t have access to clean water. An engineer by trade, he became even more involved in water ministry when he went on his first mission trip to Central America. On that trip, his heart was so stirred that he continued to participate in multiple trips to Central America.
Bergeron knew that God was calling him to take more action, he led a group of volunteers to found Water of Life to provide water wells to those most in need of clean water in this world. In 2004, Roland made the life-changing trip to Liberia, West Africa, soon adding Sierra Leone and eventually India to the service area. Finding his life’s calling, Bergeron turned over his home building company to his son’s care, and Water of Life has since spread, serving hundreds of thousands of people every year in these three countries.
The keynote speaker for the event is Sarah Kelley, executive director for Water of Life.