I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

I have heard it said that much of MCC’s work is about too much water, not enough water or having clean water.

This issue of A Common Place features MCC’s work to provide water and food to people who need them.

In Caipepe in eastern Bolivia, MCC is helping families build systems to catch rainwater they can use to grow new gardens. In previous years, MCC has helped build small wells, a windmill and latrines to protect the groundwater from being contaminated.

In the village of Sinisingi in eastern India, a diversion-based irrigation system brings water from the nearby hills into the village for irrigating crops and for bathing. I stood in this village and several others like it and saw firsthand the impact of communities having access to clean running water for the very first time.

“There is no need to leave the village now,” Basudeba Bada Raita says in nearby Munigadiha. “I am dreaming about how to use this land.”

In the village of Dharhai in Odisha, India, Sami Oram shares how irrigation for crops and safe drinking water, coupled with access to electricity and education for children, has changed her life and the lives of those in her community.

“Life is better now for people in my village,” she says.

Life is better now. When you support MCC, you are helping to bring the fullness of life to thousands and thousands of people all over the world. Thank you for your support of this ministry we have together in the name of Christ.

Grace and peace to you,
J Ron Byler
MCC U.S. Executive Director

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