If you have been following Living Water for the Thirsty for a while, you may know how we have been helping to bring clean water and the Gospel to people in Nepal for nearly three years now. During that time, we have seen God work in amazing ways, with over 150 projects completed to date. As we have grown, to this point we have expanded to different regions within the country of Nepal. If you visit the projects page at lw4t.org, you can see how the projects cover much of the southern part of Nepal from east to west. We continue to feel led to bring the basic need of water while also sharing the good news of God’s love with the people of Nepal. Lord willing, we will reach more areas impacting more lives with this work.
At the same time, we feel the call of God to bring this work to a nearby country that also has significant physical and spiritual poverty – the country of India. India is such a large country, with over 1.3 billion people currently living there. This is over four times the population of the United States! With so many needs among so many people, where do we start?
Our work is now underway in northern India. To give an example, the state of Bihar where we recently completed our first project in India, is in the northeastern part of the country. It is smaller than the size of the state of Virginia, yet is home to over 113 million people. Most of these people live in extreme poverty, with little hope in escaping this reality. The average income is around $1. per day according to the IBEF. Additionally, according to the Joshua Project the population in Bihar is 0.1% Christian. The reality is that not only do people in this region live in difficult physical conditions, many of them have never even heard of Jesus.
This can feel overwhelming, even to the point of paralyzing us into inactivity. But the good news is we do have a chance to make a difference. The gift of water allows us to meet a huge physical need in a way that does not cause dependencies on outside resources. It frees up valuable time for people to work, go to school, and be productive instead of gathering or looking for water.
The gift of water shows the love of Jesus. We have invaluable local pastor partners now in both India and Nepal. These partners are the ones who find the needs, help bring the resource of the new water well, share the gospel with them at a well dedication, and build long term relationships with them. This is how bringing clean water can connect unreached people to the nearest church. When you give to our ministry in Nepal or India, you give not only for clean water but also support discipleship training in the regions of our work. Our goal is to create a movement with the local church that eventually will expand without outside assistance.
So, as we start this work in India and continue Nepal expansion, first we would ask for your prayers. Please pray for the people of India and Nepal, for their physical needs of clean water to be met, and for their hearts to be opened to the good news of the Gospel. We also ask for prayers for our local partners, as they face growing persecution. Please pray for their safety, wisdom, discernment, and also for boldness.
Secondly you can give to support the advancement of this work, and help us launch work in the country of India! God has given us large goals to reach more people with water and the Word, and your partnership helps continue this expansion. We are so thankful for churches and individuals who have donated to allow the work to continue.
If you are looking to get in on the ground floor of our launch in India, or help us expand to new regions in Nepal, our website has the ability for you to give one time or ongoing in any amount. If you wish to connect with us, we can share more details about well sponsorship and other opportunities.
Thank you and God Bless!
Matt MacLean, Executive Director