In a dusty village in the rural backwater of a Central-Asian nation, a rooster crows. Five-year-old Amit stirs on his mat. Soon, he sits up and rubs the sleep from his eyes. The horizon is just beginning to glow a deep red. Thirsty, Amit stumbles over to a repurposed yellow, plastic gasoline canister and lifts the spout to his lips, drinking deeply. You might balk at the taste of earth and grass. It's still dark enough that you wouldn't cringe at the brown hue. But, Amit has never known anything different. He doesn't know that this water which quenches the night's thirst is what is making him sick. Later, his sister Neeti, who is twelve, will carry the plastic jug down to the canal. She will push aside the livestock and refill the container with the same mud-mixed dregs the goats are drinking. Neeti knows. A few more years of wisdom have taught her that it's not supposed to be this way. Thanks to Alpha Relief supporters, it won't be this way much longer.

“It has been really painful to see what kind of water they are drinking.” — Pastor W.

It's not hard to imagine kids like "Amit" and "Neeti", and see through the mind's eye how much a clean water source would improve their lives. Pastor W. has had a dream to do something about it for quite some time. He cares about the poor in his nation and cares that they have clean water to drink. But, even more so, he cares for their souls and wants to offer them the living water of the gospel. But some in the villages he's trying to reach see this as a threat, and they have set themselves against Pastor W. and his team. Enter, Global Advance’s Alpha Relief initiative.

Through Alpha Relief, Global Advance empowers frontline leaders to advance the gospel in their communities, even amidst persecution. So quenching the physical thirst of rural villages is no less than the open door Pastor W. has been praying for. Through well-drilling, and the installation of pumps and filters, the hands-on love of Christ is shown. The opposition melts away.

Thank you for your support which will supply clean water to rural villages as we watch Isaiah's prophecy come to life:  "With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:3.