Gospel for Asia (www.gfa.org) News Release – For Immediate Release
WILLS POINT, TX (ANS – August 21, 2016) — Jayesh stared at the bore well. It certainly was not there before. Who had blessed this neglected community with a new well? Soon, Jayesh was standing in the middle of 60 believers, explaining why their well prompted him to travel approximately three miles so he could enter their place of worship for the very first time.
Husband Disregards Wife’s Love for Christ
Jayesh and his wife, Nirmala, lived in a neighboring village with their three children. Although Jayesh followed a traditional religion of the region, he didn’t oppose his wife’s desire to live for Jesus. He took their children to religious services that aligned with his beliefs, but he allowed Nirmala to faithfully read her Bible and pray with their children.
Once, while visiting his Christian in-laws, Jayesh and his family attended a prayer meeting hosted in their home. They attended only one meeting, yet the kindness and friendliness of the believers made an impression on Jayesh and his 6-year-old son. A sense of peace washed over Jayesh’s heart, and he was happy while fellowshipping with the Christians. As impacted as he was, however, life continued as before when Jayesh returned home with his family.
Village Struggles Without Water, Receives Jesus Well
Close to Jayesh’s home, 300 families lived in a neighboring village. The community lacked a water source, which caused incredible difficulties for the residents. They were forced to collect water from Jayesh’s village, lugging heavy water containers back and forth nearly three miles between the villages.
Gospel for Asia-supported pastor Khain led a congregation of believers in this community, where he soon observed the problems caused by lack of water. Pastor Khain requested the village receive help, and before long, a brand-new Jesus Well stood within easy reach of the 300 families. They now had a reliable water source, as well as a reminder of God’s compassion and love for all people!
Impacting More than Just One Village
Jayesh had often travelled through this neighboring community and watched the people walk the long distance to his own village to collect water. He understood their desperate need, and when the new Jesus Well appeared, he was touched at the kindness the Christians demonstrated.
As he spoke with villagers, they shared how grateful they were for the gift of water. Respect and appreciation for Pastor Khain and other Christians grew within Jayesh. Whenever he passed the Jesus Well, his heart filled with thankfulness toward the believers. Remembering a church building he had seen many times in the village, he decided to visit the worship service.
When he arrived with his family, the believers welcomed him with more kindness. Standing up in front of everyone, Jayesh introduced himself, and then he participated in the entire service. He spoke with Pastor Khain after the service and explained how deeply the gift of the Jesus Well touched his heart and how his interest in Christ grew dramatically as a result.
Note: Gospel for Asia has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who have yet to hear the Good News. Last year, this included more than 75,000 sponsored children, free medical services for more than 180,000 people, 6,000 wells drilled, 11,000 water filters installed, Christmas presents for more than 400,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For more information, please go to www.gfa.org.
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Photo caption: 1) Jayesh and his family (pictured) experienced God’s powerful transformation and grace, both physically and spiritually, because of a Jesus Well. (GFA). 2) In South Asia, believers will often meet in homes for prayer meetings throughout the week. (GFA). 3) Jesus Wells often benefit many people in neighboring areas in addition to the communities in which they are drilled. (GFA).
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