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Living Water: Timmy's Story

“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV

In most villages in sub-Saharan Africa, fetching water is a part of life—and most often, it is the children who do the fetching. They’ll wake up early, make the long trek to the river or watering hole, fill their buckets until they’re overflowing and walk the long trek back.

But in many villages, World Vision has changed that. By digging boreholes, World Vision gives them access to clean and safe water close by. And with the new boreholes also came a new mindset.

Access to clean water affects every area of a person’s life—health, school, income and even family life.

We previously wrote about Dorcas, a nine-year-old girl from Zambia whose life was drastically improved when World Vision came and installed a borehole in her town. With clean water, she and the rest of the people in her community are in better health, and she attends more school, rather than spending her days walking to a distant watering hole.

Today, we’re sharing Timmy’s story with you. Timmy is a 14-year-old boy, also from Zambia, who never used to fetch water but is now seen at the new pump every morning and night.

Timmy Uses The Water Hole From World Vision Timmy showing how happy he is to help pump water now.

Along with others in his village, Timmy used to believe that fetching water was only a girl’s job. But when World Vision came into the picture and dug new boreholes, everything changed. Not only did World Vision provide clean water for his entire community, but they also shared the gospel. And at that point, Timmy learned that the water was a gift from God.

“I said, ‘Mom, I have to look after the cows first. I’ll do that later.’ I thought it was a girl’s job to fetch water and wash dishes,” he said. “Now [that] we have water, things are a lot different. I help my mother in the garden. I don’t think fetching water is a girl’s job. I will help my wife fetch water [someday].”

Clean water not only provides for Timmy’s physical needs but also his spiritual needs. He was taught about “Living Water,” or the promise of eternal life that Jesus talked about in John 4, and now he displays the same sacrificial love for his family that Jesus shows him.

Something as simple as clean water is changing lives all over the world, and YOU can be a part of this change.

Join us and World Vision as we seek to create a better the future for people in need around the world. World Vision is committed to a goal of providing universal access to clean water by 2030, so let’s help them! Donate $10* by texting FAMILY to 52000. Or, find out more by visiting us in stores or at familychristian.com/wvwater.


*Your one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance. Message & data rates may apply.

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