Clean water for India
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer
May 17, 2010

Clean water for India

Clean water for India
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer
May 17, 2010

It’s amazing what we take
for granted. Even during this hard economic time, I doubt many of us have had
to go without something like running water. Yet, in many parts of the world,
running water is not the issue — they don’t even have clean water.

Take Bihar, India, for
example. Of the 85 million people living in more than 45,000 villages of Bihar,
most do not have access to clean water.

Most of the sickness in
Bihar is a result of water-born diseases. Bihar is the poorest state in India
and nearly half the population is illiterate.

About 80 percent of the
population is Hindu, with less than 0.5 percent claiming the name of Jesus
Christ as personal Lord and Savior.

Many of you are aware of the
work being done by North Carolina Baptists in Bihar. N.C. Baptist Men are
partnering with Biju Thomas, founder of the Transformation India Movement
(TIM), to get the gospel to where it has never been before. Through TIM, Biju
started a training school for church planters, an orphanage for at-risk
children and a sewing school for women.

He has a great burden to
reach his nation with the gospel.

As you plan for summer
mission trips and even mission trips later this year, I want to remind you that
our international partnerships, such as Bihar, are a great way to get involved.
Biju joined us in early April in Charlotte for the N.C. Baptist Missions
Conference and shared about how you are making a difference in India.

North Carolina Baptists have
provided 460 new wells in Bihar.

Each of these new wells is
dedicated with a Christian service and Scripture is written on the well that
speaks of Jesus as the only One who can give living water.

North Carolina Baptists are
adopting villages in Bihar, and so far you have adopted 80 villages.

By adopting a village you
provide a clean drinking well, hymnals, Bibles, literacy help and a one-time
medical clinic.

When we provide a well for
clean drinking water, it is not uncommon to see a new church planted in an area
near the well.

North Carolina Baptists have
also helped sponsor 24 church planters in Bihar. TIM uses the funds you give to
train church planters, and then assigns them to different villages in which to
focus their work.

In a place of spiritual
darkness, God is at work. God is changing lives and God is bringing salvation
to people in Bihar.

You can watch videos or read
articles about the ministry in Bihar, but I challenge you to get involved,
whether by giving, by going, or by doing both.
The BSC and N.C. Baptist Men
want to help you be on mission and see firsthand what God is doing among the
nations. To learn more, visit www.ncmissions.org.

“… The water that I shall
give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 4:14