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Church Partnerships: Sharing the Hope of the World

A church in Northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement

One of the most impactful things we have the honor to do at Water Mission is partner with churches around the world to provide safe water and the Gospel message to millions of people. The longer I work with churches, the more I believe that truly, the Church is the hope of the world.

Bible study at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda
Bible study at Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda

Almost every time Water Mission installs a safe water treatment system, the local church plays a critical role in mobilizing the community. Frequently, it’s the local church that empowers people — often leading the charge to bring safe water — and is pivotal to a project’s sustainability and success. Time and again, we see the church effectively lead communities toward progress. Water Mission also supports local churches by hosting events to strengthen spiritual leaders in their understanding of the Bible and equip churches in the work of discipleship.

Bible study in Villa Maria, Peru

In the Chinkhoma community of Malawi, Water Mission hosted an Evangelism and Discipleship Seminar. Chrispin Kampala-Phiri, our Community Development Officer, led seminars for 56 pastors, elders, and village chiefs. The topics included Water and the Gospel, Bringing Jesus to Others, and Loving God and Loving a Neighbor. This was the first time that Chinkhoma had ever seen a seminar like this and pastors from many denominations attended the event. Churches throughout Malawi were impacted and empowered to be conduits of the Gospel!

Malawi
Malawi

Water Mission has amazing church partnerships throughout the United States as well. One recent example is a group of U.S. churches who have committed to partner with communities in the North Sumatra region of Indonesia, providing safe water to tens of thousands of people throughout the region. Over the next two years, the U.S. church leaders will be involved in regular project update calls and will get the chance to see the work in Indonesia firsthand this summer. What a great example of the church unifying globally as our U.S. church partners gather with fellow believers in Indonesia.

Water distribution in North Sumatra, Indonesia
Water distribution in North Sumatra, Indonesia

As I ponder Water Mission’s 10 country programs and the wonderful churches we get to partner with both domestically and internationally, I see generosity, engagement, and empowerment. Most of all, I see genuine love. Every day I get the pleasure of watching churches unite to bring hope through safe water.

Water Mission exists to solve two staggering problems: 2.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 5.4 billion people don’t know Jesus Christ. Our hope is that churches throughout the U.S. will unite with churches around the world, helping provide safe water and the Living Water message of Christ.

Safe water in Tanzania

There are so many ways to get your church involved! You can host a Water Sunday at your church focused on providing safe and Living Water around the world. Have your student ministry plan a Project Disaster to raise awareness of the water crisis. Rally your community to participate in a Walk for Water and walk so that millions around the world won’t have to.

Walk for Water
Walk for Water

You might even want to specifically support our Living Water ministry activities by supporting our Living Water Ministry Initiative. This initiative allows us to go the extra mile in providing ministry resources and training to church leaders in communities where we have safe water projects.

Messenger Audio Bibles in Kenya, provided by In Touch Ministries
Messenger Audio Bibles in Kenya, provided by our partner In Touch Ministries

As churches give and believers pray, people are blessed physically and spiritually — not just those who receive safe water but also those who support the work of the Lord. It truly does build hope in a way nothing else can. By partnering with Water Mission, your church will be giving more than just safe water, they’ll be sharing the Hope of the world through the Gospel.

LEARN MORE about getting your church involved today!

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