What does wine tasting and clean water in Sudan have in common?
Doc Hendley was born into a Christian family. His father a Pastor, his mother a devout follower, and his siblings following in their footsteps. Yet while Doc believed in God… he was more in his Harley, drinks with friends, and making a living bar-tending. He preferred to lay low in life, Doc just wanted to do his own thing and be left to himself to do it.
Then one night after having a dream that left him with the words “wine to water” in his head… he spent some time on Google and was shocked at what he discovered:
- One in every six people do not have access to clean water
- In developing countries, women and children walk 4 or 5 hours to get water each day
- Unclean water kills a child every twenty seconds
An idea was born. With a little help from his friends, Doc organized the first Wine to Water charity event. In a nightclub with a Deejay and many donated cases of wine, they opened up the event on Saturday February 4 , 2004 to more than 300 people attending. They made over $6,000 dollars… and that was just the beginning…
Little did Doc know at the time that he would be traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan, in the name of clean water.
If you have spent any time frequenting this blog then you probably know a little bit about me. My first trip to Honduras was in February 2004, the same month and year that Doc Hendley would be having a fundraiser called “Wine To Water”. While what pulled at my heartstrings to bring me to Honduras was kids who lived in the streets, Doc was drawn to areas where the water was undrinkable and used as a weapon just as dangerous as a nuclear bomb. My heart for those in need… was what initially drew me to this book.
How can I describe this book? Mostly I found it interesting. I loved the descriptions of Sudan, and what Doc experiences, from my own time in a impoverish country, I could imagine quite well what is must have been like. And it was also heart breaking. When Doc describes going out to the one shack of a restaurant one day with one of his team members and each eating a whole chicken before they see the small boy inching towards their table, bone thin and half-starved with tears in his eyes… I had to sit the book down and compose myself.
Can you imagine never having enough to eat? Never having experienced a restaurant? Can you imagine seeing someone come to where you live in the world… with things you never have had – clean clothes and the means to eat when hungry?
This book really touched me. Not only did it give me a closer look at a country that struggles to have clean water, but also a look at how we can make a difference. I sit in a home as I am believing all of you do as well, where the water is clean and unlimited. It’s easy to forget that is not the case for everyone… and I appreciate what Doc has written here to remind me that in whatever way I can…I need to make a difference either small or large, in some way in our world. What a powerful calling to give families in need the life saving gift of water.
As of November 2011, I have traveled to Honduras 10 times, one a year since 2004 and a couple of years I went twice. As surely as I am drawn to those children, I can understand Doc’s draw to clean water to save lives.
Doc grew as a person from the beginning to the end of this book. I did too as I read it.
I have been offered one copy of this book to give away to one of my readers! To enter this giveaway please let me know in a comment below a place you would like to go to make a difference/ or where you have gone to make a difference and what that difference would be . It does not have to be out of the country, shoot… it doesn’t even have to be out of your town! 😀 I will choose a winner this coming Saturday and then forward their information on to the publisher.
Thank you to TLC for allowing me this opportunity to read and review this book