“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Matthew 10:42 (NIV)
Over 4,000 people have died as temperatures neared 120° F (49° C) in southern India in recent weeks. For the second year, staff from the Hyderabad ServeNow Lighthouse Center coordinated water distribution to help those in need. Local water sources have dried up in the heat, and even once the monsoon rains arrive, water will be diverted to the wealthy, leaving those in slums and small villages without this life sustaining necessity.
Often, as the water is offered, people tell us that they cannot afford food, much less water. They are surprised to learn that the water is a free gift from their local church through the love of Jesus Christ. Then they ask, “Who is this Jesus?”, and we have the opportunity to share the Good News with them.
One of the villagers, Ramesh, told us,
- “ServeNow, a Christian organization, helped all the villagers without any discrimination of religion. This was really impressive to us.”
Where the pastors were once shunned, they are now welcomed into homes for meals and asked to pray over families.
- For rain! Monsoon rains have arrived at the southernmost tip of India, but have still not reached Andhra Prahesh, the area hardest hit by the heatwave.
- For Pastor Jayson, who planted a church in Srirangapuram. Within a few months of his water distribution last year, seventeen people came to faith and were baptized. Today more than 50 people assemble each Sunday. Please pray for the new believers to remain strong in their faith, and for the Word to spread even further.
- Revelation 7:17 (NIV) over the people of India, “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Please leave your prayers for Pastor Jayson, the people attending his church, or the people of southern India as a comment in the box below. Your kind words will be relayed to Jayson and those he serves.