Eldana is a tiny, fragile part of a “Lost Tribes” community that has been practicing distinctly Jewish customs and traditions for centuries.
She faces a terrible decision.
The sun has driven her to the reddish-brown mud hole at the edge of her village . . . her family’s primary water source.
Eldana must decide if she is thirsty enough to dip her little plastic cup into the chalky brown liquid and drink. At three years of age, she knows the water smells bad. What she doesn’t know is that it is teeming with microorganisms that are going to make her desperately sick and may very well leave her blind or kill her.
She dips. She hesitates, eyeing the brown contents of her cup. She drinks. Thirst wins. It always does. This is a choice no child should ever have to make.
Even so, this heartbreaking scene plays out day after day, with child after child among the “Lost Tribes” of Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and in other poor “Lost Tribes” communities.
A recent report by the World Health Organization revealed the shocking reality that water-related diseases are by far the number-one killer of children under five on planet earth.
This is consistent with what I’m seeing when our medical teams are on the ground in places like Woliso and Gondar in Ethiopia; in Buhera in Zimbabwe; and elsewhere among the Lost Tribes of Israel.
An appalling number of the children and adults we treat are suffering horribly and needlessly because of dirty water.
God designed water to give life and health, not to deliver death and sickness. Throughout the Scriptures we see water both literally and symbolically associated with healing. (See 2 Kings 5, Ezekiel 47, John 9.)
Clean water is the best “medicine” we can give these precious sons and daughters of Abraham. But, water is a life-and-death matter for Eldana, her family, and so many other families just like hers. Discover the innovative and simple way that, with your help, we can bring clean water to Eldana and others who have been forced to choose between dirty water and thirst.