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In order to fully understand the work Water of Life is doing in India, you first must understand a little of the culture of India. Indian culture cannot be separated from Hindu culture, and the caste system is built into Hindu culture. Determined by birth, the Indian people are classified into four castes. These castes determine everything - where a person lives, where they worship, schools they can attend, who they can marry, who they can associate with, and what jobs they can hold. At the very bottom, beneath the very caste system itself, are the Untouchables. These persons are not even considered to be human, and if a person isn’t considered a person, they can’t be a part of a caste. Untouchables are not allowed to hold jobs, worship in the Hindu temples, and are destined to live a life of absolute poverty. What’s worse – the prevalent belief is these people deserve it. Because of reincarnation and their status within the system, they have not yet achieved a place worth giving respect and achieving happiness. Even the Untouchables themselves believe they aren’t worthy – until Water of Life enters their lives.

Untouchables have no hope to better themselves in this life. They have accepted their fate. This is Water of Life’s mission – to give hope to these who have none. When our pastors, led by Pastor Praveen and the Sylom Pastors League, tell them that there is one God who loves them, cares for them, and gave His life for them – everything changes. And it changes in a big way. Showing the love of Jesus, our Indian pastors reach villages with their own fresh water wells. India is thirsty and in need of both water and hope. The gift of fresh water has opened the door to proclaim the name of Christ. The love and hope of Christ is undeniable and spreading quickly.

Your donation will go to bring fresh water to thirsty villages in desperate need of it, and support Water of Life's pastor partners to bring the hope that lies in Jesus Christ wherever hope is needed.

Suggested Donations

Gives clean water to an entire village by drilling a new water well $3,500 Donate
Gives clean water to 334 people $1,000 Donate
Gives clean water to 167 people $500 Donate
Provides the fuel needed to drill one water well $250 Donate
Gives clean water to 33 people $100 Donate
Provides pastor training and evangelism resources $50 Donate
Gives clean water to 8 people $25 Donate

Update from 11/17/2017

We’re not in this for the short run - we drill wells to last. In India, our driller and his crew revisits every well each October and November to make sure they are still working well, make any repairs as needed, and mark the well as revisited. When you make a donation to Water of Life - know that you are making a gift that lasts.

Update from 11/8/2017

What were you doing four months ago? I ask because four months ago my life looked completely different than it does now. The energy I have, the joy that I have-- even the time I have to stop and tell you this story-- were all non-existent. Most importantly-- the space in my heart now filled with Christ-- was empty, crushed, hopeless. My name is Laxmi, and this complete shift in my life all happened because of something so many people in the world take for granted-- water. You see, I was born in a small village in India. My parents are untouchables. What is an untouchable? You see that water buffalo? Many people in my country believe that water buffalo's life is worth more than mine. The fact that I wasn't suffocated at birth is surprising-- most girls are because we're too expensive for our families to raise. I did get to go to school-- for a little while at least. And I loved it! I was good at it! I was at the top of my class! But none of that mattered when I became strong enough to collect water for my family. Instead of learning I spent my time walking-- 6,7, 8 kilometers each way-- through a dense forest. Once I made it through the thick brush I arrived at a shallow stream. We shared this water with animals and other Untouchables. Was this the closest water source? No, not even close. But we weren't allowed to use any others because of our status in the lowest caste. I filled my jugs and carried this heavy load back to my family so we could boil it and use it for rice... which I was given very little of to eat. What my parents didn’t know is I would gather some fruits or leaves in the forest to eat. So I made due. I was still a lucky one though. A man came to my village a few months earlier and many of my friends were sold to the rock quarry. Their families needed the money more than mine I suppose. As soon as I reached child baring age, my parents arranged my marriage, my husband agreed to take me as long as my parents also provided three buffalo. After a couple months in my husband’s village, he brought me to his village chief and disowned me. My family hadn’t yet sent the three buffalo. They couldn’t afford it. So I was beaten and sent back home. Again, my parents arranged for my marriage. This time with an older widower for a lower price. My new husband's village wasn't all bad. I actually made friends with some of the other wives. We made the daily journey to get water together... it's safer that way. Sometimes we found food or collected firewood to sell in the nearby city. One day, one of my friends didn’t join us for our daily walk to collect water. We found her body at the bottom of a ravine on our way to the forest. I didn’t know her husband was beating her at night because she hadn’t yet given him a son. I still thought I was one of the lucky ones. My husband was fair, and we had six beautiful boys. But the constant struggle for water was a daily burden. There was never enough... and working for it left little time for anything else. Plus I had this nagging feeling that while we needed water to survive... it was the water that was actually making people in my villages sick... and even killing the weak. Any time a stranger arrived in my village word spread fast. The day Praveen showed up was no different. Everyone started talking about Praveen's God, Jesus. Praveen said he came to give us clean water. I thought he was a crazy man. He must be drunk. Or worse, he’s here to buy my children from me and use them as his slaves. But sure enough, a drill crew arrived. The machine was huge and loud and scary but before the day was over precious, fresh, clean water poured from our new village well. Can you imagine that moment? Everyone from the village came to see it. We smiled and danced... we've never felt joy like that day... four months ago. What made it even more special was that Praveen even said this water was free as it was a gift from God. Free? A gift? Can this God also give us food? Praveen smiled at my puzzlement and gently shared the story of Jesus. He told me how God formed me and created me in my mother’s womb. He told me stories of Jesus’ miracles. He told me that God loves me so much, Jesus died for my sins so I could be made whole again. Praveen told me that I am not untouchable. I am a child of God. I had a hard time believing this could be true. Everything I knew before was so different. But Praveen also followed through on his promise to help us. He had brought the well to our village. My life was certainly made better with this gift. Maybe this Jesus was real too. A church was started in my village where we could learn more about Jesus. Now that I didn't spend my entire day collecting water I actually had time to go to church. The more I heard, the more I believed it to be true. God did love me. God sent Praveen to help me with clean water. I didn’t need to prove my worth anymore or try to earn a better place in the next life. Jesus did all that for me. He was enough. One of my favorite Bible stories is about the woman at the well. She encounters Jesus there and he makes a bold promise-- Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. The woman at the well was far from perfect-- just like me. I've spent so much of my life thirsty-- thirsty for peace and love and security that what I put my hope in wouldn't make me sick like the dirty water I spent so much of my life seeking. Now I have clean water... and a new hope in Christ.

Update from 11/1/2017

Dear Water of Life Family - We have an incredible opportunity. An anonymous donor has offered $100,000 in matching gifts for our upcoming event this Friday. This means that every gift of clean water and the love of Jesus will be doubled through November 10. There are still tickets to the event if you would like to hear for yourself the incredible work that is being done around the world. But even if you can’t make it, will you consider making a donation? https://gosponsorit.com/givefreshwater/beyondthewell

Update from 10/25/2017

61 people were baptized today in India into the family of Christ. Our evangelism efforts in India - the churches that are planted and the people who are baptized - is only possible because your donations drilled clean water wells here. Thank you!

Update from 10/18/2017

From Nadigadda, India: Reverend Praveen’s words about Jesus Christ and his Bible messages went deep into the hearts of the residents. All these years nobody cared to solve their water problem but Reverend Praveen’s visit to their village instantly solved it. They feel that God’s grace on them descended from the heaven through their prayers and the trust they placed in him. Pastor Bheem Sankar informed them that they all have come near to Jesus Christ. Most of them took to Christianity and pastor Bheem Sankar baptized them. Children have been going to Sunday Bible school regularly and been learning to sing Jesus songs. Reverend Praveen asked all the residents to take care of maintenance of the bore well. People in the village, who were suffering from chronic diseases, have been showing signs of recovery, without the need to go for medical care. They feel now that this magical cure of diseases in some of the houses is due to the bore water they have been drinking. They all bow their head before Reverend Praveen and the donors.

Update from 10/11/2017

We cannot thank you enough for your support of Water of Life. Because of your donations - so far this year over 300,000 people have been shown the love of Jesus through the gift of clean water. THANK YOU!!!

Update from 8/30/2017

Laxmi came to the village of Jaggayyapet Mandal in hopes of marital bliss, but all of her hopes were dampened after learning of the severe water shortage in her village. Her son and daughter were both born amid great tensions over the water supply. Government water supply tankers arrived irregularly. When they did not show, she had to make the long trip with other women from her village several times each day to try and find enough water from various sources for her family. This was not the life she had imagined for herself. After Pastor Praveen arranged for a Water of Life bore well in her village, she heaved a great sigh of relief. She heard about Jesus, and immediately knew that God had seen her struggle. She, along with her entire family, were baptized. With tears in her eyes, she conveyed her heartfelt thanks to Pastor Praveen and offered prayers of thanksgiving to God.

Update from 8/23/2017

This village in India now strongly believes that God witnessed their hardship and sent help to them. They feel that solving their water problem is an act of God as revealed to them from the Bible. Over the months, one by one, villagers have joined the church. They have the grace of Jesus Christ, and there is peace in the village. All of this is made possible by your generosity. Thank you!

Update from 7/26/2017

After receiving their new well, certain developments in the Uppasaka Village have made them all think about God. Five deliveries have taken place in the village since the well was installed, and all of the babies are reported to be happy and healthy. It surprised them because previously, every newborn has suffered from some sort of health problem. Their parents had a very difficult time shuttling between their home and the hospital. Many in this village believe that it is the well water that has given the mothers and babies good health. They have started going to church and have made it a point to offer prayers in the home as well.

Update from 7/19/2017

The pastor of the Saluknoor Village in India used to tell his congregation to offer prayers to Jesus to give them water. Now they believe that God heard their prayers and sent Rev. Praveen (Water of Life's Indian partner) to give them water. For the last few weeks since the bore well was inaugurated, people say that good things have been happening in their village. Families who had left the village have now returned home. One older woman had previously lost her sight and was being treated as a burden. She could not move without physical help. Since receiving the gift of clean water, this woman has regained some of her sight and is able to move a little without help. The villagers have attributed these things to Jesus' mercy on them. Most of this village have now been converted to Christianity and are all attending church regularly.

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