The Well that Never Runs Dry


YouTube video courtesy of 60minutes2relax

"Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface. It is vital for all known forms of life...Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is in ice (excepting ice in clouds) and groundwater. Less than 0.3% of all freshwater is in rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere, and an even smaller amount of the Earth's freshwater (0.003%) is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products." - Wikipedia

The importance of water is as real as the air we breathe. I do not have to look very far to attest to this.

The apartment I grew up in had its own electric water pump but with limited operating hours. There were many times when it got broken and no water would come out of the pump. When water was scarce in the village, I had to (as a young girl) walk with either my aunt or my mom to the nearest water source about 500 meters from our house. We would go back and forth with buckets in our hands until the container in our house was filled with enough water for the following day. To have drinking water, we boiled some of the water we collected and let it cool. Whenever I took a bath, I would stand inside a "catch basin" so that the soapy water can be used to flush the toilet and clean the bathroom.

Through the years as our village's water supply improved, I've never really given much thought about water supply. Wherever I go, be it in a neighbor's house or in the mall, all I need to do is to turn a faucet and water would come out. These days, there are even instances when I do not have to turn a faucet - I simply put my hands under the faucet and water comes out. After I use the toilet, the flush would automatically turn on or I'll just press a tiny button.

Drinking water isn't a problem these days either. Even when many of the natural bodies of water (rivers, lakes and beaches) in my country have fallen prey to the effects of modernization and overpopulation, a good number of our entrepreneurial 'kababayans' (fellow citizens) are making a living with their neighborhood bottled water business.

What about the rest of the world - or Asia? Being a voice for the voiceless, I am prompted to look beyond the coastlines of my own country and take a look at the bigger picture.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNESDA)'s global project "International Decade for Action - 'Water for Life' 2005-2015' - officially drew to a close last March 22nd. With the goal of stopping the abuse of water resources so that access to safe drinking water and sanitation can be improved all over the world, the UNESDA reported a notable increase in the improvement of water sources since 1990. Still, UNESDA's 2014 report indicated that "28% of the global population that remains unserved," are from the countries of China and India alone.

You'll find it refreshing to know that there are mission-oriented groups who remain passionate in not only providing clean and potable water to communities but also in helping improve the quality of life in the areas they serve. One such group is Gospel for Asia whose initiative, "Jesus Wells" is making a lasting impact in the lives of the families in Asia who have access to, well, a Jesus Well. Consider this infograph:

The UNESDA's decade-long  #WorldWaterDay project may have already been concluded but the mission is far from over. The good news is you and I CAN do something to help the 748 million people gain access to safe and clean water sources. Not only that. Beyond physical wells, Jesus Wells are providing water for the soul from the Well that never runs dry. A proof to this is the story of Karishma and Nirdhar, whose lives were dramatically changed by a Jesus Well.

Imagine how difficult it must be to live a life without access to clean water - without clean water to drink nor bathe with.

Imagine how awful it must be to live in an area without a toilet or not even a latrine.

Imagine the life of a little child who's dying at this very minute because of poor sanitation.

Imagine doing something to help. Well? You CAN do something; you can help save lives with a Jesus Well.

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