Pray for GFA World’s Clean Water Initiatives

Pray for GFA World’s Clean Water Initiatives

Approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, which adds unnecessary hardship to people’s everyday lives as they struggle to obtain this vital necessity.1 People in developing countries often rely on surface water to supply their needs, but these waters are often contaminated and can lead to frequent illness and other health concerns. In these areas, including the countries in Asia and Africa where GFA World serves, 80 percent of illnesses are linked to unclean water and poor sanitation.2

As part of its efforts to “serve the least of these” and show the tangible love of Christ, GFA World provides clean water through Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters. More than 38 million people have been helped through these initiatives, but many individuals remain in need.

Please join us in praying this month for GFA World’s clean water initiatives and people in need of clean water.


1“Water Supply & Sanitation.” World Water Council. https://www.worldwatercouncil.org/en/water-supply-sanitation. Accessed November 22, 2021.

2“10 Ways Access to Clean Water Can Improve the World.” Ohio University. https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/blog/access-to-clean-water/. March 2, 2021.


Pray for Health, Protection

Pray for Health, Protection

Drinking unsafe water can lead to a host of waterborne diseases, including typhoid, cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Since many impoverished people in the areas GFA missionaries serve are daily wage labourers, who don’t get paid if they can’t work because of illness, these diseases affect people financially, preventing parents from providing for their families. Frequent illness also inhibits children’s ability to gain an education or even reach adulthood. Every year, 1.8 million people, mostly children under the age of 5, die from diarrheal diseases.3

In addition, many people in developing regions—typically women and girls—are forced to walk 30 minutes or more, often twice a day, to collect water for the family’s daily needs.4 This chore leaves them vulnerable to predators and drains them of precious time and energy that could be spent working to support their families or gaining an education.

Please pray that people forced to drink unsafe water will be protected from suffering its ill effects. Also, pray that women and girls who must walk long distances to collect water will be protected from physical harm.

3 “Water Supply & Sanitation.” World Water Council. https://www.worldwatercouncil.org/en/water-supply-sanitation . Accessed November 22, 2021.

4 “Water Inequality.” National Geographic. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/water-inequality/ . October 1, 2019.


Pray for Provision

Pray for Provision

GFA World does everything it can to keep costs low for its clean water initiatives, using local resources and labor for its Jesus Wells and utilizing a simple yet effective structure for BioSand water filters. Even with good stewardship, however, funds are still necessary to provide these lifesaving devices.

Please pray that GFA missionaries will have the resources to meet the clean water needs of the communities they serve. Pray God will raise up ministry partners to help meet these needs.


Pray for Leaders to Have Wisdom

Pray for Leaders to Have Wisdom

With a billion people worldwide lacking clean water, the need is great. GFA missionaries frequently learn of people in the communities they serve suffering from the ill effects of unsafe water or water shortages. Entire villages are impacted, with this water crisis often a detriment to people’s finances as well as their health. While some communities may better benefit from Jesus Wells, BioSand water filters may be more suitable solutions for others. GFA missionaries and leaders need wisdom in how to best distribute clean water resources.

Please pray God will guide GFA leaders as they determine where to install Jesus Wells and distribute BioSand water filters. Pray they will be good stewards of available resources.


Pray for Transformation

Pray for Transformation

The clean water provided by Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters is given as a tangible expression of Christ’s love that meets urgent, practical needs. This clean water can be life-changing as it brings physical health, and it can transform hearts as people experience the Living Water of Christ.

Please pray God will transform hearts through GFA World’s clean water initiatives. Pray each person who tastes the clean water from a Jesus Well or BioSand water filter will also taste of the Living Water.


Pray for Wells and Filters to Endure

Pray for Wells and Filters to Endure

GFA World works hard to ensure Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters last as long as possible. For example, Jesus Wells are typically maintained by the local GFA pastor and fellow believers to prevent them from falling into disrepair. Some of the first Jesus Wells that were installed two decades ago are still providing clean water and have become stabilizing forces in the community. While clean water initiatives such as Jesus Wells and BioSand water filters can be life-changing, they are only effective while in good working order.

Please pray that each Jesus Well and BioSand water filter will last for decades to come so many generations can enjoy the health benefits of clean water and many lives can be transformed by these demonstrations of love.


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