Edge of Faith July 2017 - Page 3

FROM THE EDITOR Water The vision of Edge of Faith Magazine is to present global arts, ideas, and social issues as understood through a Christian perspective. In this issue, we will explore both the literal and symbolic need for clean water. Enjoy our gallery throughout this issue, which presents representational interpretations of some of the many (722!) references to water in Scripture as well as more abstract portrayals of this most precious resource. You will meet people such as Johann Vanderbijl, for whom a large part of his missionary work in Gambela, Ethiopia focused on nutrition, basic hygiene, and water purifica- tion; and Justin Wren, who quite literally fights for access to clean water for the Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will learn about the intersection of theology, ritual and symbolism in baptism as well as explore minis- try of refreshing, engaging and inviting people to “living water” through the music of “Stu G” (Garrard) and the drama of Paul McCusker and Elizabeth Honaker. Editor in Chief Michael Porter Creative Director Matt Kime Senior Editor Karla Probert Marketing Director Anne Porter Transcriptionist Madison Williams Covering about 70% of its surface, water is at once earth’s most abundant natural resource and a basic necessity for life. We know this experientially, scientifically, and scrip- turally. Did you also know that upwards of 2.5 billion people globally (yes, billion – more than 35% of the world’s population) lack sufficient access to clean water and sanitation? “Global access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education can reduce illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. However, many countries are challenged to provide these basic necessities to their populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases.” (Centers for Disease Control) As we easily and conveniently partake of and utilize water for our many needs, may we be reminded of