You may have seen our recent social media posts and wondered why our ministry is talking about World Water Day? Why are we spreading the word about building clean water wells for villages if Love One More particularly focuses on child sponsorship, caring for children, etc.? How does it affect the children in Love One More’s care?
You can visit India Gospel League’s website to learn more and donate towards water wells, but keep reading to see how water wells impact the children in India and how you can love one more through these water wells!
Firstly, pastors who are already working and ministering in local communities apply for a well to be built in their village. They cite the needs of the village and how a well would benefit the villagers’ physical needs, but also how the well could be used as a witness to the community. Then the application is evaluated and compared to the needs of other villages who applied for a water well. Once evaluated and approved, the pastor must submit a request to the proper authorities to start digging the well. It may take 6 to 12 weeks for the beginning stages of well-digging to start. Once the local pastors have all the necessary paperwork in hand and the funding in place, they can hire a company to drill the well!
After the well is build, the local pastor invites the villages, someone from the India Gospel League leadership team, and sometimes a team to dedicate the well. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is an important part of Indian culture to signify the beginning of something new.
The part that Love One More focuses on is the impact of the water well that is built! Each well leaves its mark on a village. Each villager will have access to much needed clean drinking water, preventing many diseases and illnesses. With each draw from the well, the villages experience the tangible love of Jesus. The local church will have the wonderful opportunity to share with their neighbors the living water that Jesus offers, as he himself once did at the site of a different well.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to Him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” – John 4:7-15
The impact of a water well in a village spreads to every single person living in that village. From the elderly to parents to children. Donating to a water well means you are actively loving one more by providing the little children of India a place to get clean, disease-free water.
Will you help the little children of India receive clean drinking water? Click here to donate towards a water well, or give your sponsored child the gift of a water bottle so they can drink clean water!