Could you imagine living with an inadequate supply of water, or drinking contaminated water? Imagine being in that place! Yet, billions today are living under those conditions.
Imagine that you had to flee from your home due to war, or violence for your familyís safety. And after a long journey to a shelter, you are thirsty and desperately in need of water, and there is no clean water to drink. What would you do? You drink, or you die of thirst. And some still die as a result of outbreaks of diseases from drinking the contaminated water.
In Africa where there is extreme poverty, children are continuously being sick, and many die as a result of lack of clean water. Here is a report of a nine year old girl in Kunguri, Ghana:
The water I drink comes from the dam full of weeds; itís brown from dirt and pollutants. The smell is very bad and I donít want to drink it, but I donít have a choice. I am so thirsty and there is no other water. When I am at school, sometimes I donít drink anything all day. The dam is so far away and we all rely on water from it. Drinking the water makes me sick with diarrhea and my parents must nurse me to health but I feel sick soon again because I have to drink the same water again. Iím sick all year round and have to miss a lot of school days. I am very behind now, and may not return.
The situation is critical. It is life or death. We all must get on board and do our best to bring relief to those who Christ died for. Get involved with the ministries that fund projects that drill wells and improve sanitation. Donate money; start fundraising. Be a voice to bring awareness and encourage ours to join in giving the gift of water.
The gift of water is the gift of life, because water is the source of life. And when we give natural life to others, we have the opportunity to introduce them to Jesus Christ who gives the water of Life freely.
I am reminded of the woman at the well in Saint John chapter 4. She was there to draw water. Her life was ruined and and wasted. But Jesus came. He said to her:
But whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
And that should be our passion to bring hope of everlasting life to others as we provide them with fresh water to drink. Water of life projects have grown tremendously in their mission of drilling wells and transforming lives for the glory of God.