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March 2016

Madhukar raised the cup to his lips, took a sip and swallowed in anticipation, expecting the water to bring sweet relief to his tired body. Then he stopped abruptly as an odd taste settled in his mouth. Instead of refreshment, a bitterness lingered on the pastor's tongue where the water had been.

March 2016

Where Pure Water Flows

While visiting the people in the village, Pastor Madhukar stopped for a drink of water. Instead of quenching his thirst, the water left a sour taste in his mouth.

A Constant Struggle and Rancid Water

As a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor, Madhukar served a church in a small South Asian village and often visited the people in the neighboring areas. In one of these particular villages, most of the people struggled to earn a living through farming. Often the people saw little yield and little income from their crops, but they couldn't find any other work. A lack of education made it even more difficult for the village as a whole to rise out of poverty or get the help they needed.

One morning as Pastor Madhukar visited with the people in this particular village, telling them about the love of Christ, he stopped and asked one of the villagers for a drink. After drinking, he noticed a sour taste in his mouth and asked where the people collected their water.

Entire Village Shares One Well

A believer named Bandhu told Madhukar about an old, dirty well within the village. It was their only water source—and the entire population of 1,500 people shared it. While the villagers understood very little about hygiene or how to take care of their health, people knew the contaminated water was responsible for making them sick.

Where Pure Water Flows

While visiting the people in the village, Pastor Madhukar stopped for a drink of water. Instead of quenching his thirst, the water left a sour taste in his mouth.

Where Pure Water Flows

The whole village collected water from an old, dirty well. The filthy water made people sick, but they had no other source to draw from.

In many developing countries, sources of water like the well in Bandhu's community are often polluted and cause diseases such as cholera, diarrhea or dengue fever. In South Asia, Jesus Wells help prevent disease by providing clean water from deep underground or, in some areas, from fresh mountain streams.

The pastor listened as Bandhu explained how they had no other choice but to use the old well. Seeing the people's desperate situation and an opportunity to show the love of Christ, Madhukar requested a Jesus Well be drilled in Bandhu's village.

People Drink Their Fill of the Living Water

It wasn't long before the request was approved, and a month later, a new well was installed. The drilling of the Jesus Well provided Bandhu's people with clean water for drinking, cooking and other household uses. The pure water was a blessing by itself, but the rewards stretched far beyond the physical need.

Only a short time after the well was installed, a small fellowship of believers formed in the village, and now they are growing under Pastor Madhukar's guidance. The gift of a simple Jesus Well gave the entire community the opportunity to learn about and drink their fill of the pure Living Water that will never run dry or become dirty.

The whole village collected water from an old, dirty well. The filthy water made people sick, but they had no other source to draw from.

Where Pure Water Flows

When a Jesus Well was installed in the village, the people learned just how much Jesus loves them. Soon a small fellowship formed and began gathering for worship.

The village leader appreciates the Jesus Well and the effect it has had on his people. "It's an honor to have a Jesus Well in the village," he says. "We appreciate the Christian community. People were drinking dirty and bitter water, but now all are happy and are getting good water from the Jesus Well."

The Ongoing Need

In developing countries, people often walk miles to reach the nearest pond, stream or well, just to have something to drink and cook with. Yet most of these water sources are filled with bacteria and harmful pollutants. The sad truth is one child dies every 90 seconds because of contaminated water.1

When a Jesus Well was installed in the village, the people learned just how much Jesus loves them. Soon a small fellowship formed and began gathering for worship.

Where Pure Water Flows

The village leader is thankful for the difference the Jesus Well has made in the daily lives of his people.

The gift of clean water can save someone's life, both now and for eternity. Find out how you can help minister to the needs of millions of people and offer them hope by giving them the earth's most valuable resource.

The village leader is thankful for the difference the Jesus Well has made in the daily lives of his people.

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1Water.org, "Collecting Water: The Role Of Women & Children,"
http://water.org/water-crisis/women-children-facts/, 2016


*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.

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