Imagine you live in a village. You are a farmer, and your life and livelihood revolve around the use of water. You share one water source with all your neighbors. It is the only relatively clean source of water’for many miles. Suddenly, you are no longer allowed to collect water from there because you believe in Jesus Christ. What do you do?
Because of their love for Jesus, a congregation of believers in Asia found themselves in this situation.
Blocked from the Wells
GFA-supported pastor Satak led this congregation. In their village, the wells and local water sources were the most populated and used areas.
One day, the believers found their access to the village wells blocked. A group of villagers from 20 surrounding communities forbade the believers from collecting water from the village wells. They intended to curb the growth of the fellowship through this punishment.
“You don’t fetch water from the village well,” they said. “Return to your old faith.”
The believers remained steadfast in their faith and refused to reject Christ. They risked losing their livelihoods and even their lives for not turning their backs on God.
“We already [know] the truth of God,” the believers said. “We can’t go back …”
Bravely, the congregation gathered their water’in secret by visiting the wells at night.
Trouble in the Water
The struggle to collect water’didn’t end there. Another problem arose in the form of the water’sources themselves: They were not clean. The wells gradually became contaminated as they filled with rain water. Many villagers fell ill with typhoid and malaria as a result…