During our last outreach to distribute daily necessities to these 2 rural villages in June, we realized how much the villagers were suffering not only due to the lack of food but they also did not have access to clean water. They are mostly scavengers, picking trash for recycling to stay alive.
Daily activities like cooking and bathing were not possible as they had to either buy water that they could not afford or to share the same source of stream water with buffaloes. When we saw how much hardship they were experiencing, we were filled with compassion and decided to build a well each in both villages.
It brought us great joy to know how the villagers are now enjoying access to clean water – bathing, cooking, and drinking without having to worry about the cost or quality of water.
We know that in order to fight this battle of poverty, we need to stand in unity with these local churches as we come together to bridge the gap, feed the poor and hungry.
When the wells were built, the joy they expressed was priceless. What we so often take for granted was actually a life or death situation for them being trapped in the cycle of poverty. In partnership with the local church, we took the opportunity to gather the villagers to preach about Jesus, the true living water. All of them gave their lives to Jesus and received Him into their hearts that day.
In John 4:14, Jesus says: but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”