By Harvey Moriyama
Access to clean water is a global crisis. One billion people in the developing world do not have access to potable water. Fresh drinkable water is a desperately needed resource in many countries.
The Wells Around the World Ministry seeks to alleviate a small part of this physical water crisis while sharing the Living Water. Jesus performed his first miracle using water. Our hope is to use water to share the living gospel. By partnering with existing ministries in developing nations, we seek to empower communities with clean water, but more importantly, the living gospel.
As a result of our vision and short-term missions’ trips to Thailand, we have been developing relationships with Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) and ZOE International. ITDP has done many water and infrastructure projects in remote villages near the Chiang Mai area of northern Thailand. The water filtration system that ITDP constructs is for an entire village. Since the tank is so large, it must be constructed, on-site, at the village. This tank and the accompanying infrastructure will be the task set before us.
The next project is in Thailand from April 18 – 29, 2015. It will bring clean water, sanitation facilities and provide an inroad into their lives. Working alongside ITDP and ZOE International, it is our hope to develop a relationship with a hill tribe community. This will be done as we continue to enhance and develop our long-standing relationships with ITDP and ZOE.
Please be in prayer for our 4 Evergreen SGV team members and our Thailand-side team members from ITDP and ZOE as they prepare for this trip. Also, that there would be good team unity. Pray for the villagers that they might be open to hearing about the Gospel.
Our team needs to raise $10,000 for travel and ministry expenses. Additional funds raised above that amount will go towards the $6,000 expense for the Zoe Ministry School students who will co-labor alongside us and the water project construction costs. If you feel led to financially support us, checks can be made payable to Evergreen SGV with a memo note of 2015 Thailand Water Project. You may donate through “Online Giving” under the category of “Mission and Global Relief Offerings > Thailand Team” at www.evergreensgv.org.