Pastor Kirk would visit Laul's village and share the hope he held inside his heart. He knew Jesus would answer the prayers and pleas of the needy people around him. But Laul never listened—he wouldn't even talk to Pastor Kirk.
Although Laul had some knowledge of Christ, love had not yet bloomed in his heart. Deep pride made him refuse to accept any other church beside the one he attended. He did not want Pastor Kirk's prayers or anyone else's, even though his health was deteriorating. Instead of prayer, Laul tried treatment after treatment, selling all he had to fight the typhoid virus that was destroying his body, but nothing healed him.
News of a New Well
During this time in Laul's life, news buzzed in his village. A brand new Jesus Well had been installed in the village nearby, where Pastor Kirk lived. Then Laul's community heard that a well of their own was going to be installed in their village too! Hope for clean water began to uproot years of discouragement that had overtaken their hearts.
The joyous day came when GFA-supported workers hired a local contractor to install a Jesus well in Laul's village. The villagers were so excited as they watched the skilled laborers use simple equipment to drill the well. The laborers dug about 650 feet down into the earth to ensure water would be available even during the driest seasons. Next came the heavy-duty handpump and then the plaque with John 4:13–14 inscribed on its stone, letting all the villagers know this well was given in the name of Jesus! Their long awaited hopes were not disappointed as they witnessed their desperate need for clean water fulfilled that day.
Like many other villages that receive Jesus Wells, this community was blessed knowing it would be there for generations. Each Jesus Well is under the local GFA-supported pastor's care. Believers also take ownership of the well by keeping up with any maintenance and making sure the area surrounding it is clean and tidy.