11 Jul Providing Those Who Thirst a Drink
Water.org, a foundation co-founded by actor Matt Damon and Gary White, reports that the average woman, world wide, spends an average of 6-hrs per day in collecting water. Imagine if you had to do that every day, seven days per week. Having access to sufficient, clean potable water is something every single person in the world needs in order to live. It takes at least 20 to 50 liters of water per day for people to have sufficient water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. If you don’t have sufficient water, diseases can easily run rampant in your community. It is not just a convenience, making the lives of women and children who carry water from streams and wells to their houses; it is an indispensable necessity for life to continue to exist.
The kosland-science-museum.org website states, “the United Nations considers universal access to clean water a basic human right, and an essential step towards improving living standards worldwide. Water-poor communities are typically economically poor as well, their residents trapped in an ongoing cycle of poverty. Education suffers when sick children miss school. Economic opportunities are routinely lost to the impacts of rampant illness and the time-consuming processes of acquiring water where it is not readily available. Children and women bear the brunt of these burdens.”
Water well drilling as a ministry for Mission UpReach, Inc. is a way to give someone a “cup of water” in the name of Jesus. It is a way of giving a thirsty man a drink that he desperately needs in order to stay alive. Both Matthew 10:42 and Matthew 25:35 are verses in the New Testament where Jesus highlights giving water to someone in need. We want to provide long term water access to communities in the western region of Honduras. In so doing we expect to gain opportunities to preach the Good News in those communities so that they can come to know the Source of the true and living water of Jesus of Nazareth.