Water is the most important and basic necessity for human life to exist both physically and spiritually.
Nearly 70% of the world is covered by water, and 97% of it is filled with salt and other minerals, which humans cannot drink. Although the salt can be removed, it is a difficult and expensive process. 2% of the water on earth is glacier ice at the North and South Poles. This ice is fresh water and could be melted, however, it is too far away from where people live to be usable. Less than 1% of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually use.
85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of water-related diseases.
In Pakistan, over 68 million people do not have access to adequate sanitation or clean drinking water, and as a result, over 22,000 children die every year. Our team visited two deprived and oppressed communities, the first was France Colony in the nation’s capital of Islamabad, and the second was the rural village of Bugri in the Kasur District of Punjab. The purpose of both visits was to see for ourselves the living conditions, gauge the need, and identify ways of providing sustainable support. Contaminated water and unsafe water sanitation is causing many to become seriously sick from waterborne diseases, such as acute respiratory infection, cholera, malaria, typhoid, gastroenteritis, hepatitis A & E, polio, bacterial diarrhoea, dysentery, scabies, goitre and tuberculosis. While many cases of goitre present no obvious symptoms, it was heart-breaking to see many people suffering from severe swelling.
Water pollution has become a very serious problem in Pakistan because of the rapid growth in population and the growth of the industrial sector. The most common sources of water contamination are a result of human activity such as discharges from factories, leaky and rusty underground water pipelines, storage tanks, cross-connections between water supply lines and sewerage drainage pipelines, which we saw evidence of in both France Colony and Bugri. To compound the problem there is poorly treated sewage disposal and agricultural chemicals and pesticides are seeping into underground water aquifers.
With a coordinated effort we intend to provide clean water to both France Colony and Bugri as soon as we can raise sufficient support. As we go out of our way to work to help bring people clean water, we will also seek every opportunity to tell them about Jesus Christ.
2016 years ago, our Lord Jesus stood at a Samaritan well and talked with a woman who was there to get clean drinking water for her physical health. However, our Lord Jesus went out of His way to tell her that what she needed even more than that was living water for her spiritual health.
Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ (John 4:13-14)
We understand that without clean water we will die – however more important, without Jesus Christ, the source of living water, we are already dead in our sins. This living water is Jesus Himself, and those who receive Him have eternal life. But the living water He provides also serves another function. Jesus said of those who receive it: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). The living water that refreshes us is to refresh others also.
As fresh-water distribution is uneven in the world, so too is the distribution of living water. Many people do not even know how much our Lord Jesus really loves them and cares for them, and it is our privilege to help share both clean drinking water and eternal living waters with them.
Please stand with us in this work.
God bless you and keep on keeping on…