In February (2014) we had a meeting with two leaders of the Water at Work NGO and some of the pastors of the Dominican Evangelical Church who have received water purification systems. It was a great time of fellowship, information sharing, and prayer.
One of the principal reasons for the meeting was to discuss ways to use this ministry of water as an inroad for evangelism. The model that we use is the encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob. Providing a steady and affordable supply of pure water to communities who have limited resources will be an opportunity to get to know folks who otherwise would not be likely to come to the local church.
Our task is to find ways to share the Good News as naturally as Jesus did while resting beside the well. An important first step is to open a new door to the community recognizing that we all have a right to better health afforded by clean water. Then we can form natural friendships in our meetings beside the ‘well’ where we can offer in many varied ways an encounter with Christ.