Operation John 15:13, an Austin, Texas based, veteran run 501(c)(3) corporation. Through our Loss2Life campaign, our goal is to continue the legacy of service of our fallen heroes by saving lives. While we know that while we cannot change the past, we can give the memory of our heroes a future by providing clean water and hope to brothers and sisters in need in developing countries.
IT sTARTED WITH TONY
Our friends over at the John 4:14 Foundation built well number 20 in Eastern Uganda in memory of Duane "Tony" Thornsbury. Tony was a US Special Forces Soldier killed in Baghdad, Iraq on September 12, 2009. Tony's memory lives on in the hearts of those whom he knew and worked with, as well as in the life saving waters of his well. From Amy M., the wife of Tony's former commanding officer:
"Not one family member attended his memorial service at Fort Carson. When we arrived, the wives were escorted to the front (our husbands were still in Iraq) to sit in the place of honor - where the family sits. It broke my heart. My girlfriend's husband was in the convoy of vehicles when Tony was killed - he was one vehicle ahead of him. Tony took the most "dangerous" position in the convoy because he didn't have family - my girlfriend and her husband have three children. He died that day. I can think of no better way to honor him than a well in Uganda - he is not forgotten. I know that our God has him and is loving on him but my heart has been sad since that day."
The board of directors at Operation John 15:13 knows there is healing for the families and friends of fallen heroes in Ugandan water wells. Our collective heart mourns the loss of our heroes but it also rejoices in knowing that from loss, there can be life, found in the waters of a well thousands of miles from home.
"People die only when we forget them."
Well Number 1 - The Odee Well
July 7, 2016 forever changed the lives of families across Dallas,Texas. Fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters selflessly put their lives on the line to confront what would become the deadliest attack on US law enforcement since 9/11. Five law enforcement officers bravely laid down their lives to save the lives of others.
To honor their service and in memory of their sacrifice, Loss2Life constructed a spring box water well in the Kakere village in Eastern Uganda. For $2,000, and in 3 short days, the lives of 5,000 men, women and children were changed because, for the first time in many of their lives, they were given access to clean water. On the day of the well’s completion, village elders cried while praying for the families of heroes they had never met. Children splashed playfully in clean water knowing that they would no longer be required to spend hours walking for clean water and could now attend school for the first time. Mothers sat smiling knowing that the babies that they carried on their backs were free from the death sentence of water borne illnesses. The ripples of our heroes’ sacrifice generated a tidal wave of change in Eastern Uganda. Not only does the memory of the hero continue to inspire those they loved but every day, in a village thousands of miles from home, their legacy lives on in the water of a well that bears their name. With your help, the impact of this well can be replicated across hundreds or thousands of small villages in developing countries across the world. Each well connects families who’ve experienced a tragic loss, to a community in desperate need of clean water.
If you or someone you know would like to memorialize the life and service of a hero, join with Loss2Life by sponsoring the cost of a water well. The noble fulfillment of a hero’s purpose, found in serving others, inspires us at Loss2Life to do the same With each new well, with each new partner, we are transforming loss into life.