I want to share a brief snippet of our pastor's sermon, as he addressed the Flint Water Crisis on Sunday. The piece demonstrated to me yet another way that Flint's current situation is affecting children in the community.

In the short clip below, Pr. Nathan Allen from Grand Blanc Lutheran Church shared the story of 11-month-old La'Marri who was baptized earlier this month at Salem Lutheran Church in Flint. He noted that water for the boy's baptism was brought in from Livonia. (The full version of the video is available here.)

"The folks at Salem couldn't be sure that their water wasn't toxic.  This is water from Salem's tap," Allen noted, holding up a bottle of putrid looking water. "For the first time in 100 years of their church's history, Salem couldn't use their water in church for a baptism, because they couldn't be sure that that water would be life-giving, instead of life-taking."

He went on to note that La'Marri and his two-year-old brother have been given formula made from Flint water their whole lives. It was revealed that the older boy is beginning to show signs of developmental delays.

The Flint Water Crisis is bigger than Governor Snyder, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Michael Moore.

And finally, every little bit helps. Donations of bottled water, filters, and money can be made to the Food Bank of Easter Michigan, or sent directly to Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 M L King Ave., Flint MI, 48505. Please email to coordinate bottled water donations directly to Salem.