Desperate for More than Water
People Are Thirsty
“Almost all ponds are dry right now,” shared one of History Makers Pakistan worker, Pastor Robin. But the water shortage in his village in Umar Kot Sindh, is a tradition from years because Sindh is the Desert area of Pakistan. “The real drought will come in the summer days…We have to wait almost six and a half months for the rain to come.”
Not far away, HMP’s Pastor Robin spoke of the water shortage his people faced.” In the summer especially, the people here would bring water from the other villages,” he says. “The nearest village is at least four miles away.” Another village also experienced a lack of available clean water. The HMP’s pastor there said, “We store water during the rainy season, and we are still using that. It is not fresh water, and this causes a lot of physical problems, and people get different kinds of diseases. They become sick after drinking that kind of water.
But the need in these parched areas run deeper than the physical. Many times, when a pastor comes to a village, the people misunderstand his motivations. Blinded by the notion that the pastor cares solely about increasing the size of his following, many can’t see his genuine love for them. They don’t understand the depth of his concern for their overall welfare.
Today, many of our brothers on the field face similar situations. While they work tirelessly to minister to the people, many villagers will reject them, not understanding that God’s love is not just for eternity, but for the here and now—practical and tangible water.
Jesus Well Changes Hearts
Hindu families hated Christians—most people in her village did. They refused to pay attention to the local pastor whenever he shared about Christ’s love. In Umer Kot particularly the Hindu leader insult the believers and many of them are servants of Hindus from generations, but the pastor, Robin, has a great burden for these people, and he continued to trust the Lord to move in their hearts. In 2012, we travelled to Umar Kot for preaching the gospel among these Hindus as Pastor Robin told him about the Clean Water Problem. And by the support of our local church in Lahore, Pakistan. We planted the first Jesus Well in the area of Umer Kot Sindh.
Pastor Gives Jesus Well to Water- Needy Village
The people from this village would walk a long distance to draw water from a pond, but the pond sometimes ran out of water. When it did, the villages were forced to draw water from a small river nearby. During monsoon season, the river becomes dirty, unhygienic, and foul-smelling.
Those who could afford firewood would boil the water to remove impurities, but the water would remain odorous. Those who couldn’t afford firewood would drink the water as it was, endure the smell and expose themselves to the pathogens and parasites contaminating the water.
Five Hindu families accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
Hearts Embrace Christ
The Lord has used Jesus Wells profoundly. The water is freely offered to all, regardless of their religious background. But his love, demonstrated so clearly through the Jesus Well, makes such an impression on the people’s hearts that many choose to follow him.
“They can understand that we are doing this for them,” shares another pastor whose ministry has been strengthened through a Jesus Well.
“They can understand that this is provided by Jesus—that really, Jesus is the God who considers us.
Pastors See Breakthrough
In 2014, we travelled to Sukkur, Sindh and planted second Jesus Well In the poor village where Pastor Aslam is doing missionary work for more than 10 years. “After a long time of struggling for water, now they are getting it,” he adds. Jesus Wells provides the opportunity to minister to many people.
A Jesus Well was drilled in the village Pastor Aslam described, where the people once had a negative attitude toward the pastor. “The people are very happy,” he shared, “and most of the people are very positive toward our pastor in this village nowadays,” says Pastor Robin.
Most water sources in that area provide salty water, but only fresh, sweet water comes out of the Jesus Well. “People are saying, ‘This is just because of God’s grace. With our God only this has happened,'” reports Pastor Aslam.
The village where people were getting sick because of the stagnant water, also received a Jesus Well.
The plaque by that well, like those placed by every Jesus Well, displays John 4:13-14: “Jesus answered and said to her: ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Before, they did not know about Him—[asking] Who is Jesus?” shares the pastor. “Many people ask regarding this name that we have on that [plaque]…Then they come to know about Him, that He cares for the people’s needs and for their lives.
JESUS WELLS ARE…
Although other water well projects can cost several times as much, Christ for Pakistan Ministries is able to drill a well for only $300.
When drilling a well, CPM hires a local contractor. Because that same contractor will be hired to drill a large number of wells, he will give a lower price per well. Additionally, most contractors in Pakistan use simple equipment to drill and install wells, so their costs are low from the start.
$300 = a Jesus Well for an entire village for decades
Maintained by a Local Church
Because each Jesus Well becomes a ministry of the local church, the pastor oversees the maintenance of the well. When a Jesus Well is first installed, the congregation commits to maintaining the well. They take responsibility for everything from lubricating the hand pump to replacing small parts to trimming the grass around the well—and sometimes even non-believers help out!
When a Jesus Well suffers serious damage from a disaster such as an earthquake or a flood, Christ for Pakistan Ministries will pay for any needed repairs.
Built to Last
Wells are dug up to 200 meters to ensure water is available year-round, even during the driest summers. Each well is installed with a heavy-duty hand pump. The most common is the Kawsar Company. The Kawsar hand pump is a heavy-duty and durable piece of equipment designed through joint efforts of several world service organizations. Although its rubber seals will need to be replaced about every four years, the pump is intended to operate 10 million cycles before requiring mechanical repair. This translates into a lifespan of approximately 20 years with eight hours of use daily. The pump’s simplicity makes it easy to fix. Standard specifications allow replacement parts to be easily obtained at a minimal cost.