Jena Lee Nardella – Executive Director of our partner Blood:Water Mission and wife to Lwala Community Alliance Executive Director, James Nardella – delivered the benediction on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. Mrs. Nardella received the call last week after the President expressed interest in inviting a Christian who was doing “good and admirable work in the world.” At the age of 22, Jena Nardella co-founded Blood:Water Mission, an organization that seeks to empower communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Blood:Water Mission provided seed money towards the construction of the Lwala Community Health Center in 2007 and currently funds clean water projects and trainings in water, sanitation, and hygiene at the expanded Lwala Community Hospital and at 13 local schools. In her compelling and courageous prayer, Mrs. Nardella reflected on the impact that she has witnessed in African communities when “Democrats and Republicans [to] put justice and mercy above partisanship.” We are grateful for Blood:Water Mission’s ongoing investment in the Lwala Community Alliance and for Mrs. Nardella’s beautiful words of unity, healing, and hope. To watch an online video of her prayer, click HERE.
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