Pure Water, Pure LoveSM Quenching an Eternal Thirst
“On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name” (Zechariah 14:8-9 NIV).
Christians think of water in a spiritual sense. Rightly so. But for many people around the world, real water is a need also. The pressing, tangible need for pure drinking water must be met before some can even consider Christ’s living water.
For example . . . Can you turn on the faucet in your home and drink water that isn’t harmful to you, your family, or your guests?
If you can, then you are more fortunate than many. No one is more familiar with this reality than our missionaries. Many missionaries labor in intense circumstances and do so without access to clean drinking water.
The goal of Pure Water, Pure Love is to provide missionaries and the people they serve with clean drinking water, free from disease-causing microorganisms, at no cost to them.
Pure Water, Pure Love Is . . . A practical way WMU can funnel love and support to missionaries. An ample supply of worry-free water in places where safe tap water is not available. A tangible expression of our Lord’s “living water.”
“Thank you so much for providing a water filter for us. What a blessing! You all do so many things that others will never know about. God knows, and I pray His blessings will overflow in your work!”—Missionaries serving in Nigeria
Grants through Pure Water, Pure Love: Honduras √ Utah √ Malawi Tanzania √ Sudan China Indonesia Haiti √ = Those grants represented in this presentation √
Watering Malawi “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly” (Ps. 65:9 NIV).
Malawi It has been called the forgotten land. A tiny African country about the size of Alabama, world reports indicate that 5 million of the total population of 12 million is in danger of dying within the next twelve months. This killer is drought, and it’s pillaging Malawians.
Malawi Pure Water, Pure Love is working with an organization called Watering Malawi, which advocates for long-term relief efforts in Malawi through irrigation. A grant from Pure Water, Pure Love enabled Watering Malawi to install one of 16 deep bore hole wells in Malawi. It is improving the lives of 6,500 households.
Malawi What the grant’s doing . . . ●Substantially reducing the walking distance to safe water sources, creating time for women and girls to develop income-generating activities, or attend school. ●Providing at least nine gallons of safe water daily for each person. ●Promoting improved sanitation practices and creating a culture of sanitation. ●Providing water for garden irrigation. *Not an exhaustive list
Mission Waco Haiti “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst” (John. 4:13 NIV).
Haiti Pure Water, Pure Love partnered with Mission Waco to provide a water well for people in Ferrier, Haiti. Mission Waco ‘s Goal is to Provide holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized. Mobilizemiddle-class Americans to become more compassionately involved among the poor. Seekways to overcome the systemic issues of social injustice which oppress the poor and marginalized .
Haiti While there, Mission Waco also helped repair three older and defunct wells. All of them are located in an impoverished village of 13,000 where the average family income is less than a dollar a day.
Make Way Partners Sudan “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted” (Isa. 61:1 NIV).
Sudan We all know about Sudan. It’s a hot topic. We’ve watched unrest cover this country, especially in Darfur. Regardless, we know people in this region need clean water to drink. And, we know they need Christ’s living water. For this reason, Pure Water, Pure Love decided to act.
Sudan Right now, a woman is drinking clean water from a well in Darfur, Sudan.
Sudan Pure Water, Pure Love worked with Make Way Partners, a Christian mission agency that is committed to preventing and combating human trafficking and all forms of modern–day slavery by educating and mobilizing The Body of Christ. As a result, women, men and children are learning about Christ’s living water in a tangible way.
Missionary Fellowship Honduras “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land” (Isa. 58:11 NIV).
Honduras Missionary Fellowshipis thebrainchild of Jim and Georgia Lamont, missionaries to Honduras. Their ministry provides a home to orphans, training them in academics, vocational skills, and English as a Second Language. Most importantly, orphans at Missionary Fellowship are taught the Gospel of Christ.
Honduras Through Pure Water, Pure Love children at Missionary Fellowship can drink clean water every day.Pure Water, Pure Love serves as an additional evangelistic tool for children to learn about Jesus Christ.
Special Projects through WMU’s Volunteer Connection® “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isa. 58:11 NIV).
FamilyFESTSM Last summer, FamilyFESTSM volunteers paintedhouses in Tijuana and distributed gallons of clean water. It is a country where people labor 12 hours a day, five days a week, only to earn $45. In the community of Alamar, 7,000 people drink contaminated water because they cannot afford clean water.
FamilyFEST Through Pure Water, Pure Love, FamilyFEST volunteers provided clean drinking water to the Alamar community. WMU National Executive Director Wanda Lee participates in Pure Water, Pure Love’s mission to provide clean water as an expression of Christ’s love. This modern electrical system has continued to purify and filter water long after FamilyFEST volunteers departed.
FamilyFEST “This has become a powerful tool that God has used to reach the lives of hundreds of families that struggle daily with poverty. It is true that this is but a DROP OFWATERin comparison to the social problems that exist. But, it is an important drop of water, especially for the hundreds of helpless children who can now drink a clean glass ofwater.”Pastor Fernando Martinez, Centro Shalom Tijuana
Disaster Relief Banda Aceh, Indonesia Starting over—a familiar theme since 2004’s tsunami disaster. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Bill and Dellanna O’Brien are committed to showing Christ’s love by helping others make that new start.
Disaster Relief Banda, Aceh, Indonesia The O’Briens used money from Pure Water, Pure Love to build a well for a local hospital. “You can’t imagine what this is going to mean to the doctor and the hospital. Thanks to WMU and to all those who made the money available.”—Bill O’Brien
Pure Water Who Needs It? “Itell you the truth,anyone who gives you a cup of cold water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward” (Mark 9:41 NIV).
If you are a missionary, or if a missionary you know can benefit from Pure Water, Pure Love, grant applications are available by contacting: Volunteer Connection Woman’s Missionary Union 205-991-4091 email@example.com
“I’ve been touched by the worldwide need for pure water but always felt there was nothing I could do. This morning the Lord reminded me there is something I can do, little as it may be. So, please use this check for your Pure Water, Pure Love program.”—PWPL donor
“Thank you so much for our water filter! What an absolute blessing. We truly appreciate the gift and ministry to us as missionaries. We are grateful for your partnership in our ministry through prayer, giving, and support. Please know how grateful we are and how vital your ministry is!”— Last Frontier Missionaires
Donations to Pure Water, Pure Love are tax-deductible. You can make a personal gift, collect money from your church, your friends, or your family. Send a check made out to WMU, clearly marked for Pure Water, Pure Love, to: PWPL c/o WMU P. O. Box 830010 Birmingham, AL 35283-0010
People are thirsty. Thank you for helping quench their thirst through Pure Water, Pure Love.