From the Field . . . 2016 07

2016-07-pic1INDIA – It’s the hottest weather ever in India, with one town hitting a scorching record 123.8 degrees. News reports say, “Many areas are experiencing severe heat waves and state governments estimate more than 370 people killed so far.”

In the midst of this historic heat wave, ministry leaders here are desperate to supply fresh water to help the suffering people in their towns and villages.

Wells not only show compassion in the name of Christ by providing needed water for villagers, they also open doors to preaching the gospel in areas that could otherwise be hostile to Christians. And they serve as a social gathering spot, especially for women. In an atmosphere of distrust towards Christians, wells literally open a line of communication with the lost.

And they are fertile grounds, particularly for women evangelists, to share their testimonies with village women who otherwise would likely turn down an invitation to attend a church service. A well is a great tool for reaching the unreached, and expanding God’s kingdom!

“We [urgently] need 10 bore wells,” writes Pastor Benjamin. Bore wells are vertically drilled wells that tap aquifer reserves, and then pump the water out, typically by using a hand pump as shown in the picture above.

While healthy adults can survive weeks without eating – our Lord Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry (Matthew 4:2) – we can’t go for more than a few days without water, especially in hot weather.

“The country of India is facing a drought that is worse than anything we have faced in the last 10 years,” reports Pastor James in Kashmir. “Millions of people are eagerly waiting for monsoon to come in order to take away the drought, but many experts are saying that our rainy season may not be enough to cure the drought. We need a move of God.”

In fact, Pastor James notes that the very first family to trust in Christ in one Himalayan village had to be baptized in a drum filled with water due to the scarcity of water in the area.clean water wells - small

Despite the blazing heat, ministry leaders are hard at work, sharing the Word of Life with the unreached, particularly in pioneer areas where the Gospel of Christ has never been heard before.

“Every week new people come to Christ,” says Pastor Benjamin. “Kindly pray for our ministry.”

The Apostle James tells us that while faith is necessary, we show that faith by our deeds (James 2:15-18). That’s why AIM International is raising funds for three different ministries in India to drill bore wells, and provide clean, life-giving water to local villagers. Each well, complete with a hand pump, costs $800-$1000. For less than $10,000 we can provide 10 wells for these ministries, thus showing our faith by our deeds and opening up new areas for evangelism.

We invite you to join with the AIM International family in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering, right now, from this deadly drought and heat wave.

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