An Illegal Trek for Water FeaturedWritten by Gospel for Asia
Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) News Release -- For Immediate Release
WILLS POINT, TX (ANS – April 3, 2018) -- Alisha gave a furtive look over her shoulder as she prepared to fetch water across the railroad tracks. If she was caught, she knew she would be punished. Crossing the tracks was illegal…and dangerous. But her family needed water to drink, to survive, and this way was the shortest route to the nearest well. Water, that precious and valuable commodity of life, was worth the risk and punishment, but still Alisha hoped she wouldn't be caught.
Alisha lived with her husband and two children in a hut located in a slum made up of around 100 families that depended on manual labor for their income. The water scarcity in their village made slum life only more difficult, especially when it meant spending a good portion of the day walking just to get a few gallons of water that was possibly laden with disease-causing bacteria.
There was a short route and a long route. One meant risking life and punishment if caught by the train or local authorities. The other meant risking work, which meant risking money that would get them through another day.
“In all their struggles,” reported a GFA-field correspondent, “much time was spent [fetching] water, and Alisha's family and other people could not concentrate on their work, which brought financial problems in their lives.”
Disheartened by their situation, Alisha shared with her pastor, GFA-supported pastor Misal, about the daily struggle for water she and the other slum families faced. He listened intently and encouraged her to keep trusting in and praying to God for a solution, while he petitioned for a Jesus Well.
On February 28, 2015, the Lord God answered Alisha's prayers when He provided her and the other slum residents with a bore well in their own village. No longer did they have to cross the railroad tracks illegally. No longer did they have to waste precious hours walking to find water. Now Alisha and the 100 other families could walk a few meters to taste sweet water without having to look over their shoulders in fear.
This Jesus Well brought so much joy to the villagers and revolutionized the way they spent their days. It also cultivated a deep trust between Pastor Misal and the slum residents, who now understood the pastor's love for them.
For three years, the Jesus Well has been providing fresh and clean water to Alisha's village, even in the driest summers. Through it, the Lord shows His love and power to all who come thirsty.
“But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” -- John 4:14b
Note: GFA (Gospel for Asia, www.gfa.org) and its worldwide affiliates have -- for more than 30 years -- provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the good news. In 2016, this included helping more than 75,000 children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas gifts for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.
Photo captions: 1) Woman at a Jesus Well. 2) Children carrying precious water.
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