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Blood:Water Executive Director Jena Lee Nardella to present Oct. 27 lecture at Whitworth

October 14, 2015
Jena Lee Nardella, ’04, cofounder and executive director of Blood:Water and author of One Thousand Wells, will present a lecture, “One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal of Bringing Water to Africa Taught Me to Love the World, Instead of Save It,” on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3834.

Nardella graduated from Whitworth with a degree in political science. She and the Grammy-award winning band Jars of Clay started Blood:Water in 2004 as a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Since its launch, Blood:Water has brought clean water and HIV/AIDS support to more than a million people and 11 countries in Africa. Nardella is an Epoch Award Winner, one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, and one of Christianity Today’s 33 under 33 Christian leaders shaping the next generation of faith. Nardella recently published her memoir, One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal of Bringing Water to Africa Taught Me to Love the World, Instead of Save It (Howard Brooks, 2015).

“College students with great hearts want to change the world,” says Whitworth Professor of Political Science Julia Stronks. “This is admirable - Jena was one of those students, but she is going to help us understand why loving the world is more important than changing it. For those of us who follow Christ, loving our neighbor is one of the most important things we do in this broken but redeemed world. Jena models this for us, and we will learn from her as we hear about the challenges and blessings she has experienced along the way.” For more information on Nardella, please visit her website at

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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