WORLD WATER DAY IS MARCH 22
One in nine people around the globe lacks access to clean water. Families without safe drinking water at home must risk contracting disease or parasites or else send women and children out walking for miles carrying heavy jugs to collect water from more sanitary sources. Pure Water, Pure Love (PWPL) is a WMU Compassion Ministry that meets this need by providing clean water to those who need it most. PWPL’s mission is threefold: to supply missionaries with water filters, to provide the people missionaries serve with wells or a community water filtration system that offers clean water, and to supply missions teams with water filters for use on short-term mission trips.
Hundreds of churches have helped PWPL fund more than 125 water projects in more than 40 countries and provide thousands of water filters to missionary families. You can support PWPL in providing vital water resources around the world too. Pray for communities receiving access to clean water to come to know the Living Water, Jesus Christ. Share and teach others about the mission of PWPL and how they can get involved. Connect with your church and seek out ways you can work together to provide clean water resources to those in need. Finally, consider giving financially to help fund new projects.
This past year, one of the many organizations PWPL helped support was Back to Africa in Kenya. PWPL provided the group with a water filter so it would have easy access to clean, safe running water. After a four-and-a-half-month wait for the water filter Back to Africa’s manager said, “It’s been a great joy. Everything changed because of the pandemic, and it seemed forever for us. But we thank God we finally received the filter on the 25th of July. Now we are enjoying fresh water. We are so thankful for you!”
Before obtaining the filter, the group struggled to afford fresh drinking water. Oftentimes, lacking any other option, it would turn to contaminated sources, which posed health threats, especially for the younger children.
“Now they can get fresh water any time they need it,” said a community member. “They could not hide the joy on their faces on the first day of the installation. We say thank you very much to PWPL.”
Access to this basic necessity has been life changing for the community. There is hope again. Instead of worrying about what’s available to drink, children can focus on their education and a brighter tomorrow, putting their trust in the eternal Living Water.
If you are interested in learning more about PWPL, then check out the online minicourse Pure Water, Pure Love: An Overview for information, resources, and training tools. The self-guided lessons include videos and testimonies from those impacted by WMU’s work.
To learn more or to support PWPL financially, visit https://wmu.com/compassion-ministries/ministries/pwpl/
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Reprinted from the March 2021 issue of Missions Mosaic, Woman’s Missionary Union, Birmingham, Alabama. This article was written by Alexxis Lipsey. Used by permission. To receive this issue, or subscribe to Missions Mosaic, call 1-800-968-7301.