Pastor Aaric appealed to church leaders, and soon a Jesus Well was constructed. The well, dug deep into the earth’s reservoirs, provided fresh, clean water for the entire community, bringing much relief and rejoicing.
The village head, Mr. Sabin, was grateful this urgent need had been met.
“I appreciate [the church] for all its good services to humankind,” Mr. Sabin said.
Women, who no longer needed to spend hours searching for water, lined up to collect water from the new well. Joy beamed from their faces.
“We never thought of coming out of this problem so soon, and we have no worries now for the summer,” said the women.
Nearly 25 families in Bastien and Pastor Aaric’s community collect water from the Jesus Well. And, built to last, it will serve them for decades to come. This was yet another way Pastor Aaric was impacting their community, demonstrating God’s love through practical means.
Full of joy, Bastien looks in wonder at God’s work in their lives and how their living conditions have vastly improved. With peace at home and in their hearts, steady income from the cart, and water to cultivate their small piece of land, Bastien said, “Our lives are totally changed in Jesus. … I am able to love my wife and children.”
Be Part of the Transformation
There are many facets of need in communities such as Bastien’s, whether or not residents recognize them all. They may be only aware of their own struggles against poverty, their daily fight to survive.
GFA national workers live among the people and are sensitive to the needs within their communities. By recognizing and responding compassionately to those needs, the ensuing community development projects improve the lives of everyone in these neighborhoods and villages and make them stronger.4
Their work may involve bringing a Jesus Well to a community in need of clean water, giving income-generating gifts to those fighting the cycle of poverty, praying for the sick, offering mosquito nets to those battling disease-carrying pests, constructing toilets for those without access to proper sanitation facilities, caring for the outcasts of society, teaching literacy to those who haven’t had the opportunity to learn, and the list goes on, with examples as unique as the communities in which they serve.
These dedicated workers are transforming lives, such as Bastien’s, and entire communities through their various efforts, all because of Christ’s love within them.