Another sick child. Shanthi’s heart broke seeing one of her little ones ill once again because of drinking contaminated water, but there were no clean water options. Shanthi was too poor to purchase bottled water or fuel to boil the contaminated water she drew from her village’s only supply, water that required her to hike for hours every day.
Shanthi’s story is not unique—it’s the plight of a billion people around the world. But in Shanthi’s world, things have changed, thanks to a new well that provides plenty of clean, safe water for her village of Sahota, in northern India.
And what’s more, that well is a testimony of the love of Jesus to the Hindus who make up most of the village. Although often discriminated against, and forbidden to use village wells, the Christians of Sahota have chosen to share their safe water with the rest of the village.
And, because of you who partnered with the Safe Water Ministry in 2015, Shanthi’s children no longer get sick from their water, she is spared hours of toting water, and a door for the gospel has opened in the hearts of Hindu villagers—that sounds like a wonderful investment to me!
Besides Shanthi’s well, you also helped:
• Fund the drilling of 16 wells in poor villages in Myanmar (Burma), India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia;
• Install 9 water storage tanks—filled either with rainwater or water pumped from wells— for poor Christians in war-ravaged and impoverished countries including DR Congo, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and India;
• Provide 5 pipe-and-pump systems to bring safe water to 2 Christian schools in Kenya and 2 remote villages in Myanmar;
• Distribute more than 200 Sawyer water filters to poor believers in 7 African countries and 2 in Asia, including flood victims in Malawi and earthquake victims in Nepal.
In 2016 we’ll continue to bring safe water to more who have none and will work to teach them about safe water practices. And most importantly, we’ll use clean water as a tool to lead many to faith in Jesus. He is the purest well—one that never runs dry!