WILLS POINT, TX – Gospel for Asia (GFA World and affiliates like Gospel for Asia Canada) founded by Dr. K.P. Yohannan – Discussing the acute dangers of not having access to clean and safe water, and the Gospel for Asia Jesus Wells that brought health and the hope of Jesus.
In the midst of Asian farmland, villagers toiled under the sweltering heat of the sun. After a long, tiring day in the fields cultivating potatoes and green chilies, the diligent farmers refreshed themselves with a glass of murky water. Their drinking water often led to sickness, but there was no other choice.
Meeting the Obvious Need
Gospel for Asia pastor Turag was like the daily laborers in many ways. He too, grew up working alongside his parents in the fields. He lived knowing about Christ but having no relationship with God. It wasn’t until a missionary shared Revelation 3:20 with him years earlier that he began living for Christ. Now, as he stepped foot in the new village the Lord had called him to serve, he had no idea the ways God was going to use his life.
When Pastor Turag considered the struggling state of the villagers and the polluted water they drank and used for cooking and bathing, God’s love and burden grew inside him. Bad water was their consistent trial. Seeing the tremendous need, Turag quickly made a request to his leaders for a Jesus Well to be drilled.
While he waited for the Jesus Well to be approved and installed, Pastor Turag encouraged the people of the village and built relationships and prayed with them.
By the grace of God, a Jesus Well was installed with John 4:13–14 inscribed on the plaque. The doors to Christ’s love opened in a new way. The practical gift helped the villagers lives and they would never be the same. They were so grateful.
663 Million People Without Access to Clean Water
One day, after the Jesus Well was drilled, Pastor Turag met a villager named Darpan. As they were talking, Darpan asked a question he had been mulling around in his mind: Why did Pastor Turag help them get a Jesus Well? Who would do such a generous action for the villagers?
Pastor Turag shared how the Lord had provided the well through supporters across the globe.
“This Jesus Well is very helpful for us,” Darpan said, “because we used to draw impure water, which was very harmful. Because of that impure water, often villagers would get sick.”
Darpan and his fellow villagers made up just a few of the 663 million people worldwide who don’t have access to safe water. Contaminated water can cause headaches, confusion, stomach pains, vomiting and diarrhea. Long-term exposure to impurities, like arsenic, can lead to skin diseases, cancer or—if not treated—coma and death. But the Jesus Well helped save many from that fate.
By seeing the fruit of God’s love through the simple but desperately needed gift of clean water, Darpan wondered who Jesus really was. Who was this God Pastor Turag knew? Darpan was a Christian by name, but he didn’t fully understand the love of God and His grace and mercy revealed on the cross. He asked Pastor Turag to share more about Jesus.
Pastor Turag explained that the Jesus Well could help people be free from waterborne illnesses, but Jesus Christ can heal every sickness if you believe in Him. As he shared from God’s Word, the Spirit touched Darpan’s heart forever.
Jesus Well Impacts Entire Village
Soon a friendship developed between Pastor Turag and Darpan. Darpan found hope in his heart, and he wanted Jesus to change his life. Darpan and his family were the first fruits of Pastor Turag’s faithful prayers and service to the Lord. This was the beginning of Pastor Turag’s fellowship.
Darpan’s new faith and trust in the Lord opened the doorway for others to experience Christ’s love, and eventually other villagers began to respond to Jesus’s love, too. Soon the congregation grew to be more than 30 faithful believers!
It was a very small beginning when Pastor Turag came to this village, but God used His faithful servant and the simplicity of clean water to help people see they can be washed clean by the love of Christ!
“I never thought that God will work in this way,” Pastor Turag said.
Today, Pastor Turag is continuing to serve the Lord with passion and a burden for the people around him. The Lord answered his prayers for the Jesus Well and has established the work of his hands.
Give Them Water and an Opportunity to Live
The Lord used the Jesus Well in Darpan’s village to transform his life—and that of many others. Jesus Wells help rescue families from illness and serve the community in a practical way!
*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are Gospel for Asia stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.
Source: Gospel for Asia Featured Article, Reviving Health and Blooming Faith
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