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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 5/30/2017

Ganya Thanda, a tribal village in India, has faced a severe water shortage for five long years. Their old wells dried up, and no one cared enough to provide a new one. Pastor Suman reached out to Water of Life's Indian partner, Pastor Praveen, for assistance. Praveen visited the village, met with the villages, and shared with them the love of Jesus. Pastor Suman cautioned his optimistic village that every bore well dug does not always give fresh water. But he believed, that if God would bless Praveen's efforts, it would be successful. The sweet water that flowed from the well combined with Pastor Praveen's messages about Christ made a deep impact on the villagers. Women started believing in Jesus and joined the church after a week of drawing water from the well. Children joined their mothers at church and are now attending Sunday School regularly. Later, many others joined the church and were baptisted by Pastor Suman.

Update from 5/8/2017

There are many stories in this village that impress the feelings of most of the villagers. Seetha is a young hindu lady living in this village. She works as a street cleaner. She is forced to work as a slave by village heads. She earns little money as her wage. Her husband used to be a chronic alcoholic and used their money for his drinking. She became helpless. Her children depended on her small income, since her husband never went to work. Community never cared about her family. Due to these reasons she became mentally worried. Seetha was read out God’s messages and was brought to Church by some community women members. This women community used to gather continuously in the church and offer prayers for her for several days. Slowly she was relieved of village heads slavery by the healing hand of God and the saving power of Christ. Her husband slowly changed his habit and she regained her health and has been completely saved from all her problems. Today she is a happy woman and her husband has been going to work regularly. She helps in the ministry, when she has the leisure time. She is a witness to what Jesus Christ has done to her in her family. There is a growing belief on Christianity and most of the villagers started going to church.

Update from 5/3/2017

When residents of this tribal settlement lost their hopes and were becoming restive, Reverend Praveen went to the village. He met village elders along with some of the women and personally witnessed the water problem. Women, in particular explained their plight and became little suspicious that what this man could do, when every one else had failed to respond. Praveen told them that he had come there to help them get water source in the village. He also said so many things about God and his way of doing things to his believers. He said there was no need for them to lose faith in God. He promised to dig a bore well in the village and informed that he would send his technical team to assess the possibilities of digging it. As promised, he sent his technical team and in 22 days of his first visit to the village, a bore well was dug in the village. Praveen came to the village again to inaugurate the bore well. He inaugurated the well and told all of them that God always takes care of his believers and those who trust him. These words made them think about the God and the depth of his conviction. They felt that when everyone promised and did nothing, Reverend Praveen promised and delivered. They believed his words of God and accepted his gospel. Women accepted to take care of the maintenance of the bore well.

Update from 4/26/2017

All married girls that come to live in Velidnda village after 2008 suffered a great deal due to the lack of safe drinking water. One such girl was married in 2009, her husband is an agricultural laborer, and they have three children. After marriage, she came to live with her in-laws with lots of hope for marital bliss. But, little did she know, she was going to be subjected to enormous physical strain in transporting water from distant places. There is one agricultural canal flowing through this village which catered to the water needs of the village. However, due to the excessive usage of fertilizers and pesticides in agricultural projection, this canal water became unfit for domestic usage over the years. This means that all residents living in this village needed to walk kilometers daily to bring water for their families. Placing one pot over the other on her head, she brought her family's water back twice a day each day. Adding to her hardship, this water was also contaminated and needed to be boiled before drinking. Now, this girl and others of her age feel that this bore well gifted to the village by Water of Life will bring them happiness. The entire village says that they do not want to waste water which has been given to them by Jesus Christ. They convey their deepest gratitude to the donors and promise to remember them in their prayers.

Update from 4/10/2017

1050 people living in the Aamaravarm village of India were given clean water. Here's what has happened after the well was put in: "There has been a total change in the living of the residents of this colony. Their old days were restored and all residents starting doing their work on time. Most of the colony has joined Christianity and gospel hearing has become a part of their routine. New born babies look healthier as pregnant mothers can maintain good health without the worry to fetch water. Some people, particularly the older ones who had been suffering from stomach ulcers and other chronic diseases, now have been filling a little relieved. People have become more faithful toward God, and children have become regulars at church praising Jesus with songs. They all express their deep gratitude to the donors and to Reverend Praveen (Water of Life's Indian pastor partner) for making their living peaceful."

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