Jars of Clay helping students ‘flood’ wells in Africa

Last week, the Center for Student Action worked tirelessly to provide APU students with a
variety of ways to become informed and invested with missions around the world.

From testimonials about the injustices of women in Bangkok, to the flavorful World Market
found on Cougar Walk, students were introduced to a surplus of cultural diversities.

Tuesday night they partnered with familiar faces from the Grammy Award winning group Jars of
Clay to hold an intimate concert for the APU community.

“It is so wonderful to be here,” lead vocalist Dan Haseltine said. “Thanks for letting us be a part
of this great and wonderful evening. It is a good gift to be with you all.”

After performing familiar songs like “Flood” and new releases from their most recent album,
Jars of Clay put down their instruments. The group shared how they have been hard at work
bringing hope to the people of Africa.

Blood:Water Mission, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization co-founded by Jars of Clay, has
been empowering communities to work against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa through
grassroots efforts.

According to their website, to date, Blood:Water has enabled over 600,000 people in 1,000
communities to have access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation as well as education, treatment
and care for over 30,000 people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Some students have wondered how APU has been able to host this well-known band year after
year.

“I have enjoyed listening to Jars of Clay and hearing them speak at chapel on Wednesday was
inspiring,” junior psychology major Taylor Lockhart said. “I’ve wondered how they got here and
why we are able to have them come on campus.”

Many students do not know about the close relationship Jars of Clay and APU have. Even more
students are surprised to hear Azusa Pacific Online University (APOU) partners with Jars of
Clay to offer more than $67,000 in scholarships to help students earn their bachelor’s degree.

APU and Jars of Clay are in a partnership. While the university supports the band on tour, Jars
of Clay is invested in the online program. This partnership allows students to hear from an
internationally acclaimed rock band while scholarships are raised to further students’ educations.

Junior applied health major Athena Abujaber is not too familiar with the band, but was moved by
what she heard the band share.

“Jars of Clay reiterated that college students have a lot of power,” Abujaber said. “It was crazy to
hear that if each one of us gave only $1, an African could have clean water for a whole year.”

There is no doubt Jars of Clay and their work overseas has encouraged students to get involved
with living to serve others. At times, college students can be overly consumed with studies and
various relationships, resulting in a limited view of the world.

Because of relationships with groups like Jars of Clay, students are continuously exposed to what
is happening outside of the ‘APU bubble’.

“I remember the band saying if we work together for one goal, we can make it happen,”
Abujaber said.

Jars of Clay is helping unite students on campus. Students are looking forward to future concerts
and being able to hear about how Blood: Water Mission is impacting many lives here and
overseas.

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