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No, that's not a bucket of mud. It's the drinking water for a family in a South Asian village. Millions of people in this part of the world live without access to an adequate, safe and clean water supply. They are among the millions who rely on muddy pond water for all their needs.
That's why Gospel for Asia expanded its Clean Water ministry to include BioSand Water Filters. These all-natural filtration devices remove harmful substances and produce clear, clean drinking water. They don't need electricity so they're perfect for people who live in remote villages.
In celebration of World Water Day in March, several GFA teams distributed BioSand Water Filters to people in need throughout South Asia.
Even areas closed to all other types of Christian ministry welcome teams bearing gifts of water filters. One of these local officials praised the project, saying everyone knows waterborne illnesses are a major problem, but Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries are actually doing something about the problem.
The filters are especially welcome in remote areas where the only available water comes from dirty ponds. One ministry team loaded 50 filters on a boat to get to these distant villages.
Once they arrived on the other side of the lake, the water filters were loaded on a bullock cart and driven to the village. Each water filter weighs 330 pounds. The sand and rocks that go inside the filter add another 170 pounds. So it was a lot of heavy lifting for this team.
The bullock cart delivered filters to five different villages in this remote area. The people were grateful to the teams, tearfully thanking team members for caring about them.
The distribution teams visited both remote villages, slums and suburban areas in their quest to bring clean water to the people of South Asia. Knowing these precious souls now have a safe water supply made all their hard work worthwhile.
As the people in these villages use the water filters, they will open their hearts to learn more about the Living Water Jesus offers them. That's how muddy water, concrete, rocks and sand help save souls.
date posted 08/23/2011