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The Story of the Woman at the Well is Inspiring a Modern Day Miracle

The Story of the Woman at the Well is Inspiring a Modern Day Miracle

In John 4, Jesus is journeying through Samaria, when he stops at a well because he is tired and thirsty. We all know the story that follows: He meets a woman there and asks her to give Him a drink of water, a startling action to His disciples, because Jews did not associate with Samaritans.

Jesus goes on to have His famous discourse with the woman at the well; He offers her the water of Eternal Life and shows her that He knows about her multiple invalid marriages. This astonishing information inspires the woman to testify to the townsfolk about Him, which leads many people to believe in Jesus – thereby bringing them to the spring of Eternal Life.

the Woman at the Well 
This interaction is significant for those who wish to spread the Good News of God’s love with the world. Jesus, the God-Man, reminds us that water is life-giving, both for the body and the soul. As a man, He stops and partakes in the very human function of quenching His thirst, hereby sustaining His physical body. But He also takes the opportunity to preach repentance to a sinner and offer the saving grace of His mercy, and in so doing He satisfies the longing of her soul thirsting for God and gives it new life.

All of us are called in some way to draw others nearer to the well-spring of God’s love and life. Through sponsorship and Catholic Outreach projects, our CARITAS For Children donors and friends become a conduit of God’s love in a tangible way! Like Jesus, we start from a place of connection, of relationship, and go on to satisfy both physical and spiritual needs.

Woman at the Well with Jesus

In Africa we take Jesus’ example quite literally, because so many millions of people are suffering from lack of access to clean water!

Thanks to the support of our ministry coordinators and generous donors, we have had the opportunity to work on numerous clean water initiatives in Uganda, especially through bringing water filters to individual families and schools. This provides them with clean, drinkable water, thus saving them much time and hard work and most importantly, helping to avoid waterborne diseases.

Water Filtration System 
These sorts of projects allow us to “give drink to the thirsty”, as Christ commands us in the Corporal Works of Mercy, and in so doing, to form relationships with our brothers and sisters. Tending to the the body provides the opportunity to fulfill the needs of the soul as well, and as we evangelize through these tangible actions, we are enabled to promote the love of Christ and see Him in our brothers and sisters.

Our work is rooted in the Gospel, and we take every opportunity to share the Good News with the people we meet – both in word and in deed. We have been blessed to witness many modern-day miracles of creating new disciples by following Jesus’ example with the woman at the well.

Children at a small well

Our newest effort to give drink to the thirsty and feed the hungry is a major water well project organized by our dear friend Fr. Frank. This well will provide clean water for hundreds of people in the surrounding area and will irrigate the farm that feeds local school children in the community.

We invite you to be a part of many more modern-day miracles by supporting this project – it would not have been possible without generous donors and friends like you, and with a little more help, countless more children and families will finally have access to clean water every day. 

Children carrying water cans

Jesus wants all of us to be refreshed and sustained by the water that He offers us: “Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

When we partake in this grace, we must find a way to share it with others – to care for the bodily and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters. We hope that you will learn more about this vital project and that you may be inspired to help support its mission. Please visit our website to read about and donate to Fr. Frank's water well.