Robin Mann

Robin Mann RipplAffect

“I joined the RipplAffect Board as Treasurer in September 2018 when we were organizing as a nonprofit. As a pragmatist, I felt that the concept of providing affordable filtration devices was a no-brainer. Most of us in the affluent United States could certainly forgo a dinner out in order to provide a family with a tool that can potentially save their children’s lives.

A few years ago I read the book “The Hole in our Gospel” by Richard Stearns who discussed “Compassion Fatigue” and the problem of Americans feeling overwhelmed by the significant problems in far-away countries and the vast number of people who suffer. It’s easy to say “What can I possibly do to impact those complex situations?” and then do nothing. Well, Narcisa felt called to do something, and we are humbled by how many people’s lives have been changed as a result of a small group of volunteers and supportive donors in the Miami Valley.

[Jesus] said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) and I have certainly witnessed that promise in action. Several times we have set out to do something that is a stretch goal and that no organization this young should achieve. But God has had his hand on this ministry and wonderful things have been accomplished.

A ripple starts as a tiny touch point in the water but grows outward to affect the entire lake. Never think that you’re too insignificant to make an impact that is beyond yourself.”