Imagine that you are going to eat at one of your favorite restaurants and you order a water. The server responds, “I apologize but it will be around two hours before we get some more water. Is that ok?” You would probably look at them like they were crazy. But the sad reality is that people in developing countries all over the world walk nearly four miles a day to get all of the water needs for their families for that day alone. The worst part about the trek these women and children journey on every day is that their water is contaminated. They do all of that work for water that makes them sick and can even cause death.
Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the CSRA Walk for Water at SRP Park. This event was sponsored by Water Mission, an organization that aims to bring awareness to the global water crisis. The event consisted of walking a few miles with an empty bucket and halfway through the walk, filling the bucket with dirty water. Then participants had to complete the journey back to the starting point with their filled bucket. At the end of the process, the water was dumped into a pool that traveled through a water filtration system into another pool that spit the water back out CLEAN. It was incredible to see the technology that Water Mission is using to educate those in developing countries about dirty water harming their health and Water Mission’s ability to bring them clean water. This picture also reminded me of our salvation in Jesus bringing us from contaminated to clean and what the Bible has to say about water.
In John 4, Jesus has a conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well. As he is slowly revealing who he is, he makes a statement about God offering living water. She then asks, “Where do you get that living water?”
Jesus said to her,
“Everyone who drinks of this water (the well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
The objective of Water Mission is to supply people with a physical need and a spiritual need. Jesus expects us to stand up for those who are in need and do something to help them. But he also beckons us to share that HE is the only living water that can sustain us and bring about eternal life.
Would you pray for those around the world who are thirsty for water, who are sick from their water and who need to hear the Good News of Jesus being living water for their souls?
To find out more information about Water Mission and how you can give others physical water and living water, visit watermission.org.