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A Boring Story about Water

water 002Six weeks ago a community in a village in southern India drank fresh water for the first time. On a warm Thursday evening from a newly drilled 500 foot borehole, flowed fresh clean cool water for the first time. You can see the delight!

Other parts of the village had water for years, and even private wells, which was a status symbol, but these people were denied access and walked 1km to a river for their life giving water.

A young lad from the “wealthy watered” part of the village had proudly shown his family well to the foreign visitors, but when this new borehole began to flow he realised that things were different now. My son Phil, who took this photo, saw in his eyes the realisation that he had lost his “superior” status.

But what is exceptional about this story is that the leader of this community began immediately to teach that although the others had been selfish and not shared their water, they were to be different and be generous. Although for years they had to trudge the dusty 1 km to the river, and despite that the warm water from the wells had not been shared, they were called to be different and share their new, cool, flowing water with those who had not been so generous.

It’s inspirational to see people who are so poor having an attitude that is so rich.

This Easter maybe we could think of Jesus’s words; “whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Whatever we believe about God, surely we can all agree that if we have received so richly we should also give.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

It’s sobering to think that 844 million people don’t have clean water and that every minute a new-born dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.

If you want to get in touch then you can reach:

Chic: chic.lidstone@dundeecity.gov.uk or 07814093240, orChic Geoff

Geoff: geoff.findlay@wpcscotland.co.uk 079331

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