Summer is upon us, and so is the heat for many in the United States. As the busy season of vacations and travel is in full swing, I wanted to provide an update on what has been happening with Living Water for the Thirsty in the last three months.
Urgent physical and spiritual needs are our focus, with clean water as the key initiative. Our work is currently in the country of Nepal, where many people still lack consistent access to a clean water source. As I write this, our first mountain well project is completed and will soon be dedicated. This project has been much more difficult than previous wells, and the community is so excited to finally have a well of their own. We estimate that this project will reach over 650 people with clean water.
Update from Ron Jenkins, Board Member
An airline pilot, a financial planner and a local pastor walk into a village in Nepal…
Sounds like the start of an interesting joke, but it would soon become a part of my reality. My friend and co-traveler, Matt MacLean, had asked me to go with him on a mission trip. We had originally met a few years earlier when a mutual friend invited him to attend a men’s group that I was leading. When I first met Matt, I can honestly say that I never thought that I would be traveling with him so far from my home, but God had some long range plans for the two of us. Little did either of us know that, in just a short time, we would be missionary partners to unreached people groups on the other side of the world.
January 31, 2017
As we enter 2017, I would like to share some exciting updates from Living Water for the Thirsty. God continues to open up avenues and opportunities for us to continue with and expand upon our work.
Since our founding in 2015, we have completed 76 water well projects throughout Nepal. Through those projects, over 5,000 people now have access to clean water. In addition, thousands have heard the gospel through well dedication ceremonies and are now connected with the local church. We are so thankful to everyone who has prayed and given financially so this work could be accomplished.
October 24, 2016
As I write this, it has been one year since our official launch as a non-profit organization. Looking back on all that has been accomplished in our first year, it is amazing to see all that God has been doing through Living Water for the Thirsty. During or first year of operation, we installed and dedicated 40 wells in Nepal, impacting over 2,500 people with access to clean water. This could not of happened without your prayers and financial support, so thank you! We all take access to clean water for granted, a reality that millions in Nepal still lack. We are very thankful for the early successes God has provided, and at the same time we know there is much yet to be done.
In addition to the component of clean water, our work is focused on creating introductions of the local church to unreached villages. Living Water for the Thirsty does not dedicate the wells, it is the nearest local pastor that gives this ceremony and begins to build relationships with people in the community.