is the seventh largest country in the world and the second most populated country in the world. Although it may not look like it where you sit at this moment, population statistics tell us that 1 out of every 6 people in the world live in India
. Yet India is only about one-third the size of the United States. That’s a dense, huge population, and the majority of this population – the largeWOst population in the world – has never heard the name Jesus Christ. Instead, religion in India focuses on a Hindu caste system
, where the lowest class of people called Dalits, or Untouchables
, are indeed viewed as sub-human and without the basic rights that we so often take for granted. This known discrimination results in complete segregation from society and social services, most importantly, lack of access to safe drinking water. Untouchable villages typical have fewer than five water sources for its thousands of inhabitants. Worse, the water sources are only turned on sporadically every few days, without schedule or filtration, and only last an hour or so. Women must wait with empty vessels, hoping to be close enough in line to fill their container with enough water for their entire household for the next few days, or gather water from contaminated water sources.
Even more important than the obvious humanitarian need in India
, is the heartbreaking truth that the majority of these souls have never once heard the name of Jesus Christ, let alone the truth of His eternal love and salvation. And yet, few organizations are addressing this problem. Few churches have entered these villages.
During the initial vision trip, Water of Life and Praveen contracted one well to be drilled in an Untouchable village, and left funds for a second well to be drilled. Since returning home, Water of Life has sent funds for an additional well. Each well supplies a constant source of safe drinking water to approximately 600 families.
That’s less than $1.00 per person.
The churches are growing, and the Kingdom is expanding.You can join us. You can help a village. You can support our partnership, pray with us, and be a part of the ripples that are making disciples, planting churches and expanding the Kingdom. Our goal for 2011 is to drill 26 wells, one well every two weeks. Each well costs approx $2,500 and is part of an indigenous church planting effort.
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