Harley Davidson Provides Water For Life

How the owners of the most successful Harley Davidson dealership in the country are using their business to bring clean water to communities around the world

One of an estimated 7.2 million female motorcyclists in the United States, Jennifer Smith enjoys riding her three-wheeled Harley Davidson black Ultra glide trike across the country. What sets her apart from the rest is the fact she and her husband Mark have used their passion for riding to raise more than $500,000 to assist clean water initiatives around the world.

"I believe that every person has a passion that God has positioned for each of them," Jennifer says. "So I asked myself, What are the resources that we can use to make a difference to advocate for others?"

Jennifer and her husband opened a Harley Davidson dealership out of Fort Worth, Texas, in 2006. Shortly after, Richard Stearns' book, The Hole in Our Gospel, woke Jennifer up to the reality of the clean water crisis.

"The realization that a child dies every 15 seconds from lack of clean water was the crux for me," Jennifer says. "In America we take clean water for granted every day. We grab our morning coffee and we take a shower. I wouldn't last long without clean water."

The book encouraged her to sell possessions around her house that her family rarely used. In 2010, the Smiths invested the money earned into the initial startup of an annual "Water 4 Life" charity ride to support clean water initiatives around the world. Now in its fourth year, this year's ride will be September 14. Participation in the Water4Life Ride is free and, for each rider and passenger, Fort Worth Harley-Davidson donates $50 to World Vision.

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Missional; Outreach; Passion; Service
Today's Christian Woman, September/October , 2013
Posted August 30, 2013

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