Six to eight million people a year in developing nations will die from preventable water-borne diseases. The majority of these are children who aren't strong enough to survive diarrhea, typhoid, or any other diseases easily contracted by drinking contaminated water.
Women and children in these nations are charged with the task of collecting water multiple times a day from sources a long way from home. These water sources used to collect drinking water are often streams, ponds, and creeks that are also the same water sources used for laundry, bathroom facilities, and by wild animals. Women don't have the time to care for their families or start a business. Children have to step in if their mothers are unable to collect enough water for the family causing them to miss school. In both cases, the physical challenge of carrying over 40 pounds of water for miles can be too much for nutritionally deprived bodies. Water of Life can solve this problem. But we don't give fresh water just to physically save lives - we go clearly proclaiming the love and Gospel of Christ.
Water of Life not only gives the gift of fresh water to villages in need, but the gift of fresh water opens the door to reach our biggest goal: sharing Jesus with those without hope.
The Gospel is transforming village culture. Villagers are being taught how to love one's neighbors in places where every day's goal is just trying to survive. Men are coming to understand their roles in the home and the church. As a better understanding of marriage and family is gained, respect for women and children significantly improves. Work ethic is being developed and leadership is being cultivated. Domestic abuse and crime decreases as the Holy Spirit transforms hearts and lives into the image of God. Together we're not just saving lives by providing humanitarian aid, we're impacting eternity for the glory of God.