We have launched a new ministry at Evergreen SGV. It is called “Wells Around the World: Loose Change for Life Change”. We are going to provide clean water by collecting our loose change each week and placing it in the display in the lobby of the church sanctuary.
The monetary fragments (see the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 in John 6) will be gathered each week, counted and once enough is collected, we will dig a well, supply a water purification system or provide maintenance to a completed project.
Here is what our Wells Around the World Team has written about the new ministry.
“Next to air, water is one of our greatest physical needs for survival. It is estimated that about 800 million people living in the world do not have access to clean drinking water, and that over 1.8 million children under five die each year due to water-related diseases.
As great as the need for water for our physical survival, even greater is the need for Living Water for the spiritual salvation.
In John chapter 4, Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks of this water 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.”
Wells Around the World is a new ministry at Evergreen SGV which seeks to share the good news of Jesus Christ through small water projects in lands where access to clean drinking water is limited. We hope that providing clean water to a community will open a doorway to share the Living Water of the gospel and change lives for Christ.
Currently, we are looking into working with a pastor of a small church in the village of Santo Nino on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. Santo Nino has a population of about 2,000 people and while there is municipally provided water, it is often times muddy, causing some people to use private local wells or purchase purified water instead.
An exploratory visioning trip has been recently completed to assess the water and the spiritual needs of the community along with ways in which we can partner with the local church. At this juncture there are a lot of unknowns, but we are trusting God to lead us in this venture.
We can all help by praying that the Lord would reveal to us both the physical and spiritual needs of this community and how Evergreen SGV can partner with the local church to potentially build long-term relationships with the people of Santo Nino.
We hope that water will be an avenue to share the love of God with the people of Santo Nino and for God to be glorified by loving Him and loving others.”
This ministry of providing clean water is the direct result of Jesus telling us “I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink…. Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You... thirsty, and give You something to drink?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” John 6:34a, 35b 37, 40
When was the last time we gave Jesus something to drink?
Something to think about…