Hope in a Bucket of Water
Photo by Gospel for Asia
Morning came early for the villagers. They trudged down a dusty path as the heat began to rise with the sun, dawning a new day. The morning light exposed strange yellow and red stains inside the pots they carried by hand, or had lifted above their shoulders or they placed atop their heads. Those stains revealed an immense struggle in the villagers' daily lives.
The water in the village was not safe to drink. Hand pumps installed years prior gushed forth muddy, red-colored water.
Once the drilling was underway, happiness filled the villagers who passed by, as they saw the church once again taking care of the community. This meant that soon, they wouldn't struggle with waterborne illnesses, and they would have clear water coming from the hand pump.
The Jesus Well was placed in a convenient spot: right by the road, in a public area where anyone could acquire clean water. The Jesus Well was also right by a school, hospital, auto shop and the local market. A man named Tunava who ran a small food stand close by the well said, "I used to bring water from far away to wash the vessels and for the customers. … Now, I can get pure drinking water at any time, and it's very close to my shop."
Today, around 200 people drink refreshing, pure water from this well every day and are able to read God's Word inscribed on the well's plaque that speaks about the Living Water offered freely to all, taken from the passage found in John 4:13–14**.
Jesus Well Stands as a Beacon of Hope to Community
Because of this act of kindness, many hearts have been touched, and families have desired to hear more about the love of Jesus. This opened doors for Pastor Sahay and his congregation to display more of the hope of Christ to those around them and share about the God who offers living water for their souls. The village chief was very grateful to Pastor Sahay and said, "I could not help my villagers by providing them with a hand pump. But thanks [to the church] for providing a Jesus Well for my community."
This village now has a tangible reflection of the Living Water that Jesus offers every time they pump the clean, fresh water from the Jesus Well. No longer do they have to fear waterborne illnesses when they take a glass of its water. They've also had the opportunity to learn about God's tremendous love. You can be part of giving hope in buckets of water by giving a Jesus Well today.
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*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.