Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
It is with heavy hearts we write to you today. The country of India is facing a drought that is worse than anything we have faced in the last 10 years. CNN has reported that our national water table is down nearly 75% and over 330 million people are being affected. Our national news in India has also stated that in the Bundeli region, where our CICM headquarters is located, over 1.8 million people have fled to other regions of India due to famine and no drinking water. Just today, we read an article by AsiaNews stating that the situation in some areas has become so dire that farmers are even selling their wives and children into slavery in order to buy clean drinking water. Millions of people are praying for monsoon to come in order to take away the drought, but many experts are saying that our rainy season may not be enough to cure the drought. We need a move of God.
We have one well on our property in Damoh that is normally filled with at least 70 feet of water. Today, it has gone down to less than one foot. At this point, we are having to delay bringing our nursing students and Bible college students back on campus because we will not have enough water for all of them. We humbly come to you asking for help in the following ways:
1. We are asking you to pray. Pray that God would bring rain onto this nation and pray that His name would be praised because of it. Would you please stop and pray right now as you are reading this?
2. We are also asking for financial support in order to dig deeper wells in our region to help the people that are so desperate for water. We will also be filling tractor-tankers with water from these water sources to take to areas that have no access to water or to areas where the wells have dried up. Our prayer is that through digging wells and providing water, we will not only quench their physical thirst, but also have an opportunity to share with them the Truth of the Living Water, Jesus Christ.
Below is a breakdown of the cost to help with this emergency:
Drilled well — $2,500
Tractor with Tanker that can hold 1,000 gallons of water — $14,500
Dug Well — 30 ft. wide by 50 ft deep — $18,000
Tata Truck 709 with a tanker of 2,000 gallons of water — $24,600
Please prayerfully consider donating any amount by visiting indiamission.org and notating “Emergency Water Project”. You can send all checks to:
Central India Christian Mission
22 West Bryan St. #302
Savannah, GA 31401
Please write “Emergency Water Project” in the Memo Line.
We are grateful for any help you can give! Please continue to pray for this country and all those affected. Pray that God would move mightily and His presence would be known.
Thank you for being a part of the CICM family and for your love and prayers!
May God bless you,
Dr. Ajai Lall