In one northeastern region of South Asia, just beneath the Himalaya Mountains, a river flows, and heavy monsoon rains often cause flooding. It’s difficult to imagine that the residents of this lush land would lack clean drinking water. But it’s true. This is where Salil lives with his wife and three children. Like most of his fellow villagers, Salil makes his living as a laborer. Until recently, all of the villagers drank, bathed in and washed their clothes in water from a local pond. Whenever the river flooded, the pond would fill with sand. When that would happen, they’d have to dig to find the water they needed. But that pond water was contaminated. The villagers suffered from typhoid, jaundice and a variety of horrible skin diseases […]It seemed the very water they depended on for life was cursed […] One man’s anguish—and a difficult journey Salil watched his family members get sick. He was soon spending most of his meager income on medicine… Salil needed to make more money, so he traveled to the river valley to collect and sell one thing there was plenty of—sand […] Unbeknownst to Salil, a nearby pastor named Dayakara had also begun making regular visits to his village. As Dayakara befriended the villagers, he became aware of their water crisis. So he and other GFA-supported workers decided to help. They began drilling a well, right in the center of the village where everyone could access it […] That was the beginning of a transformation for Salil’s family and their entire village… Like many other villages that receive Jesus Wells, this community was blessed knowing it would be there for generations.
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