Millions are forced to drink whatever con- taminated water is available, with little hopeofahealthyfuture.
The same is true for their need to
know Jesus. Without someone to reach
them, the name of Christ might never
be heard in many parts of the world.
But where safe water is provided, so
too is a message of God’s love.
The global impact on health from
contaminated water is devastating.
Someone – often a child – dies every
37. 5 seconds from diseases caused by
dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene. That’s 842,000 deaths per year.
Where Samaritan’s Purse and its
partners in 30+ countries provide safe
water options – such as the Can-adian-designed BioSand Water Filter
– health is restored and a door opened
to the Gospel, often where the name
of Christ has never been heard, or
Christianity is a little-known faith
among local religions.
In Kenya – where people often walk
kilometres to the nearest source –
Samaritan’s Purse staff and partners
have been doing more than installing
BioSand Water Filters and drilling
shallow wells for the long dry seasons.
It also committed to praying with
local churches for their communities.
During a prayer walk with a pastor,
Samaritan’s Purse employee Eldina
visited the home of a girl bedridden
for a year after she fell into an open
fire pit during a seizure.
Although most in this area are
Muslim, almost all rely on traditional
beliefs including witchcraft. The only
treatment the girl received during the
past year was from witch doctors.
“Our time was spent talking and
praying, and eventually the girl put
her trust in Jesus and gave her life to
Him,” says Eldina, who first met the
family when Samaritan’s Purse in-
stalled a filter in their home.
She continued to visit the girl and
encouraged her in her new life in
Christ. Over time, the girl healed and
was able to walk far enough to attend
church. Her family also came, and
eventually committed their
lives to God.
Due to the trust in Samaritan’s Purse established
through its water, sanitation and hygiene projects,
the family developed the
confidence to share their
faith – even among Muslims.
“They (Christians) are
the ones helping us more than other
Muslims,” said one village chief.
During hygiene lessons that accompany Samaritan’s Purse’s water filter
installations, God provides opportunities to tell people life is sacred, men
and women are made in God’s image
and loved by Him, and God’s plan is
for humanity to be careful stewards of
His creation.Filter recipients are also
taught people are accountable for gifts
God gives them – including sharing
When Samaritan’s Purse began
working in eastern Kenya more than
ten years ago, there were less than 12
churches in the region, but God was
still able to yield fruit.
Mustafa, once a devout Muslim, is
among those who became Christians
through the witness of
Samaritan’s Purse staff.
“I feel a sudden freedom
and finally have peace in my
mind. I never saw how
much I was chained by my
former religion,” says Mustafa. “I am thankful to the
water team for helping me
gain faith in Jesus Christ.”
Samaritan’s Purse water projects in
Kenya also benefit schools. In some
schools across Kenya we have installed
Samaritan Filters, the large-scale
version of the BioSand Filter, and
more than a hundred others have
rainwater harvesting tanks and toilets.
Sharing safe water and the Gospel
around the world
A MESSAGE FROM SAMARITAN’S PURSE CANADA
You can be part of this transforming work
through your donations and prayers. “To
the thirsty I will give from the spring of the
water of life without payment” (Revelation
21: 6). Visit www.SamaritansPurse.ca or
call 1-800-663-6500. P H