David & Merrie Harding

Location: Ethiopia and other worldwide locations

Hometowns: Charlotte, N.C. and Orlando, Fla.

Commissioned: 1996

As CBF’s coordinator for international disaster response, David Harding helps mobilize the Fellowship’s response whenever major disaster strike around the world. But one of the largest worldwide disasters is the lack of clean, safe drinking water. With his background in engineering and water science, David helps design low-cost, sustainable technologies for countries such as Ethiopia.

Nearly 75 percent of Ethiopians – about 55 million people – don’t have access to clean water. But it’s a crisis not well known. David calls it a “silent tsunami,” responsible for the death of millions each year around the world. Many Ethiopians drink from rivers in areas known for famine, malnutrition and cholera outbreaks.

“God cares for them and wants them to have decent water to drink, to wash hands and to irrigate gardens,” David said.

Merrie, an occupational and physical therapist, uses her skills at medical clinics in Ethiopia.

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Related Links:
Embrace the World: Ethiopia
Disaster Response Ministries

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