Working alongside a church-planting network in Uttar Pradesh, Radstock's Indian Wells project will bring vital water supplies to poor and outcast villagers, alongside strengthening existing churches and forging relationships for new church plants.
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In many parts of India, water is a precious resource, not readily available to the poorer members of society. Although outlawed, caste-base discrimination persists in some rural areas, and often members of the lower castes (the Dalits) cannot use water supplies - situated in areas they are prevented from entering. Modelled on an initiative in South India, the vision is to bore new wells in conjunction with existing local churches or new church plants. The wells will be available to all sectors of the local community, providing much-needed water, raising the profile of the church in the community and drawing people into the life of the church. Capital expenditure of c.¬£650 would purchase the equipment. Material costs for each bore well are around ¬£400. In a collaborative arrangement with a self-supporting church planter, purchase and shared use of the equipment will minimise costs per well. Pump-priming the equipment purchase and first 10 wells will launch the project, change lives in 10 villages and equip local church planters to bring clean water and Jesus' living water to all parts of their communities.
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