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Still Standing

Hey guys, we're coming up on 8 years of PrayFit Ministries. Eight years! Some of you have been around for every one of them. We've been through a lot together, amen? So many devotions and discussions; topics and themes; laughter and tears.

You remember the first book, then The Tonight Show mention, HBO Pay-Per-View Boxing, and eventually the chart-topping DVDs and my cookbook with Simon & Schuster. God allowed us to be featured and discussed on Daystar, The Talk, CNN's Pierce Morgan and so many more. Only God.

And there have been some tough times too. You were here when I lost my Preacher. You were around for the times I got sick and diagnosed with my spinal disorder and colon infirmity, and when I permanently lost my ability to lift.

But here I am. What's left of me. By grace alone, I'm still standing.

As I approach my 45th birthday in a couple weeks and PrayFit's anniversary, there is so much to look back on (and forward to) - and I can't promise we won't be having a review of the things as we draw nearer to the party - but I wanted to fill you in on how I'd love for us to celebrate; by giving.

The iPrayFit Project: We're partnering with our friends and charity:water to help people have access to clean water. Guys, I can't express to you how much I love this charity. They're incredible. And they do a cool thing with birthdays (ahem! - hint, hint.)

But seriously, many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink -- even the water in our toilets is clean! But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

So I'm dedicating my birthday (and PrayFit's anniversary) to clean water. And the best part is, 100% of the donations will be used to build clean water projects, and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.  And everything you give is tax deductible.

If you'd like to send me a birthday present, I won't deny it. All you have to do is click this link and give to the iPrayFit Project. Thank you guys. Much love to you.

The soon-to-be birthday boy, Jimmy