His request was granted, and a Jesus Well was drilled. The people in the village rejoiced to see the clean, clear water gush from the above-ground spout! Rain water would not be able to wash waste into this well. The Jesus Well was also deep enough to pull water from underground even in the dry season. The former well regularly dried up by mid-day, forcing everyone to jockey for their water needs in the early hours of the morning.
Every day, more than 250 people fetched water from the new Jesus Well. Waterborne illnesses such as dysentery and typhoid no longer plague the community now that families have sanitary water to drink and cook and clean with.
One family in Pastor Dalajit’s congregation was especially blessed by the Jesus Well. Now that the village had an abundant source of water, even through the dry season, Samaah was able to plant potatoes, onions, beans and other green vegetables for his family. The quality water from the Jesus Well helped his produce grow lush. That year, Samaah and his family did not have to purchase any vegetables from the market. In fact, his harvest was so abundant, Samaah had surplus produce to sell in the market, supplementing his family’s income! He easily paid his children’s school fees and other household expenses—something that had stressed the family’s budget in the past.
God’s blessings have flowed through this once sick and struggling community. The Jesus Well—a source of God’s goodness—is pouring out an abundance of pure, clean water.
The Jesus Well had brought not only health to the people in the village but alsoa tangible display of God’s love.
In 2000, GFA workers began drilling Jesus Wells after the Lord put a burden for clean water on a GFA donor’s heart. He called the ministry, wondering if GFA would allow wells to be built near churches led by GFA pastors. From that phone call, the Lord began opening doors to help national workers provide clean water in their communities. That donor sponsored the very first 10 wells!
Gisela Yohannan spent a few days praying and fasting for this new ministry, and during that time, the Lord revealed to her that the wells should be called Jesus Wells.
By 2005, GFA workers had drilled 20 wells—including the very first one in Sri Lanka— with the hope of constructing 1,000 by 2008. Today, through the Lord’s grace and the help of donors across the globe, around 4,000 Jesus Wells are drilled each year throughout Asia, offering pure, sweet water to anyone who thirsts. Each well bears a plaque inscribed with Jesus’ words in John 4:13–14, “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 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.’”
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