Operation Clean Water
The Setting—Millions of people around the world, children and adults alike, don't have one verse of Scripture in their own language. All too often they also don't have access to clean water to drink, let alone for cooking or bathing. No one can live without fresh, clean water.
In many areas, it's impossible for Bible translators to continue their work because water is so unavailable. Where translators are able to work at all, their work is slowed down by the ceaseless quest—the desperate need for clean water.
The Crisis—This is far more than just a problem for translation teams, however. Accessing clean water is a life-or-death struggle for the multitudes of people we are trying to reach with God's Word—and many are losing the battle. “It's hard to share the hope of the gospel when they're dying of physical thirst," said one of our volunteers.
The Need—Wycliffe Associates launched an aggressive global campaign to provide clean water for millions of people in crisis. This will enable Bible translators to work in areas where they never could gain access before. Once the community leaders determine their needs, Wycliffe Associates staff and volunteers train participants to drill wells, hand-dig wells, build and maintain well pumps, construct water towers and distribution systems.
The Opportunity—The national training center for the Cameroon Association of Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL) says a huge thank you for their new water system. The 200 foot well and towers provide reliable and safe drinking water for up to 100 people who work at or visit the training facility on any given day!