This is Pastor Chamanlal and his family. With the love of the Lord in his heart, he is committed to serving God by helping meet the needs of people around him. He understood the plight of Anesh and his family and their desperate need for a proper toilet.
A Critical but Common Problem
The need for proper toilets around the world and in Asia alone is staggering. According to WaterAid1, approximately 2.3 million people around the world do not have a decent toilet. That's one out of every three people. A startling statistic—one that Anesh and his family were a part of.
"During rainy season," Anesh's wife, Panita, said, "it was difficult to go to an open area for nature's call. Being a woman, it is humiliating to do business in a public area. Sometimes, when people pass through, I would stand and felt so sad."
A Need Not Unseen
But God was not distant from this family's prayers. He knew their need well and worked through Pastor Chamanlal—and believers around the world—to answer those prayers.
As Pastor Chamanlal brought this family's need to his leaders, he got permission and resources to build a toilet for the family through a Christmas gift distribution program.
Soon, instead of trees, solid cement walls would surround people; instead of bare ground, a toilet was installed. After the finishing touches of blue paint were complete, the newly constructed facility was handed over to Anesh and his family, right in his backyard!
This was a joyous day. Not only were they encouraged to witness God answering their prayers but after many long years, they also finally had a sanitation facility on their own property. They were very thankful to God, as well as to the church, for providing them this facility. Now, Anesh and his loved ones do not have to get up early in the morning, and they don't have to fear wild animals.