Developing a broader awareness of various global safe water crises during 2018 has been prompted, in part, by the UN’s annual World Water Day on March 22. We at Gospel for Asia have contributed several articles intended to bring attention to the drought in South Africa, the meeting of the World Water Forum in Brasilia, and a post about 12 major global cities facing water crises of one kind or another. Most notably, we published a special report documenting “The Global Clean Water Crisis – Finding Solutions to Humanity’s Need for Pure, Safe Water.”
Recently, a major religious organization declared that water is a human right. While it is not my desire to debate that issue, I do believe access to pure, clean drinking water is existential. It is a matter of survival for every man, woman and child on the planet.
Throughout the entire order of creation, God, in His infinite wisdom as our Creator, provided everything necessary for the survival and benefit of the pinnacle of His creation: man made in God’s own image. He didn’t create man first and follow that by adding the things we would need for healthy existence. Only when He had a place fully prepared, did He create man.
Today, billions of people in the 10/40 window across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have limited access to clean, safe water. A significant part of GFA’s humanitarian efforts is providing clean water and access to pure water sources to families and communities that are in desperate, existential situations.
- 2 billion people around the world use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.
- 840 million people lack what is considered a basic drinking water service.
- 502,000 deaths occur every year as a result of diseases contracted by the use of contaminated water.
That is why Gospel for Asia presses on, freely giving BioSand water filters to families and installing Jesus Wells for entire communities. Each filter and each well installed not only provides a clean, safe water source, it provides life and health and hope to individuals, families and communities.
We are diligent in our calling, not because water is a human right, but because it is a human necessity.
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