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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 1/17/2018

Because you gave, a well was drilled in Jarkhand State . After drilling the well, a group of 16 Indian pastors started to work in the whole village. About 80% of the people came to know about Christ during these visits. Sylom Pastors League appointed a permanent pastor there, and the village begin to provide for both the pastor and the church. This is our first victory in Jarkhand State. The village is starting to construct the church now with their saved amounts. Sylom Pastors League agreed to help them with cement, iron, and sand. The church continues to grow, and at the time of the holidays nearly 400 people attended this church. Thank you for your giving that makes church plants like these possible.

Update from 1/10/2018

Pastor Ramesh Chandra, who visits Azadnagar village once in a while to evangelize faith among the residents, told them that their problem would be solved by the God in near future. When he went after the bore well was started, many of the residents thanked him for his optimism. He told them that it was not his optimism that brought them water, but their faith in the God. They all agreed and joined the faith and started going to his Church. There is a steady growth in Church goers in the colony.

Update from 1/3/2018

Two ground wells catered to the water needs of the villagers in Kanakalapalli, India until one after the other dried up. This was 5 years ago, and ever since then, these people depended on water sources located kilometers away. They needed to walk on uneven gravel roads and carry the water back with the help of a yoke. Two dengue deaths due to poor sanitation have occurred recently including a young mother of two. All of the villagers became very worried about their family members following the dengue incidences. This bore well was provided to this village just as they were waiting for some relief. They are so grateful for the donors, pastor, and God Almighty for arranging this bore well.

Update from 12/20/2017

Sometimes a picture comes through our well reports that just stops us in our tracks. Thankfully, life in this village looks very different now because of the gift of a new water well your donations provided. Pastor Naresh has planted a church, and many of the village women have started regularly attending. He is optimistic to have the entire village draw close to Jesus in the near future.

Update from 12/14/2017

This is the story of a young mother, who used to run pillar to post to fetch water, first thing in the morning. She has a son aged around 4 years who is physically disabled. She and her husband decided not to try for another child, apprehending repetition of their bad luck of begetting another dependent child. This boy was affected with polio and ever since, he cannot walk and crawls on his weak legs. Husband and wife live with their child in this hamlet village. There is an irrigation canal separating this village from the main village Gudipadu. Due to excess influx of fertilizer and pesticide residue into this canal, water became useless for human drinking. Residents of this hamlet village totally stopped using this water for their domestic needs for the last 5 plus years. There is a panchayat tank in the main village that caters to water needs of its residents. Residents of the hamlet village depended on water sources surrounding their village. They go with two vessels and bring water on their head loads. Women after bringing water in the morning, prepare lunch for the husband and for school going children. This woman with her disabled son faced a hell all through these years in transporting water from faraway places. All through she cursed the God for making her life so hard and miserable. Now, she cries in happiness for giving peace of mind in arranging water with the help of this bore well, for her husband and the disabled child. She conveys her profuse gratitude to Reverend for arranging a bore well in their vicinity.

Update from 12/6/2017

We love to share updates of the lives that are changed through the gift of clean water and the love of Jesus because your generosity. But sometimes still we need a reminder of where we started. This is an open well that a village was gathering their water from until very recently. This snapshot is one of the reasons why the work we do is so important. Thank you so much for being a part of it.

Update from 11/29/2017

When Reverend Praveen visited this village, he saw this boy Vishnu carrying water on his shoulder with the help of a yoke. He enquired why he was carrying water, instead of going to school. He informed that he was not lucky enough to continue education, and went on to unload water vessels. Reverend Praveen was not surprised to see women carrying water and proceeded on to look around the village. He stopped at a tree shade, where people gathered. Vishnu was also among them. He spoke with many of them and he did not need any more information to understand the prevailing water situation. He told them that he could understand the problem and promised to arrange a bore well in the village. Vishnu spoke with him extensively about their day to day hassles in fetching water. Reverend Praveen advised him and others to have faith in Jesus Christ and said that if God’s grace is with us, we can have peace of mind, despite our day to day problems. He continued to state that Lord would always see our problems from heavens and would send help to solve them. Later, his technical team to stay in the village to assess the possibilities of digging a bore well. The team came and inspected the village and made an extensive survey for digging the bore well. When they gave a positive report, Reverend Praveen instructed them to complete digging at the earliest possible. Reverend Praveen went to the village again and inaugurated the bore well. He handed it over to the women folk and requested them to keep it clean and always dry. He advised school drop outs, including Vishnu to rejoin school and pursue their education.

Update from 11/22/2017

From the Water of Life staff, board of directors, local partners, and villages all around the world - THANK YOU! We could not continue to bring clean water and share the hope that comes from Jesus without your support. We are so grateful for each one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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