Giving back is a vital part of what we do.
Roland Bergeron, founder of Bergeron Builders, retired from the building industry and is now working full time in a ministry that he founded called Water of Life. When we sign a contract to build a new home, we donate 10% of our profits to Water of Life to help bring clean water and the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Africa and India.
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There are 783 million people around the world who lack access to clean water sources. Six to eight MILLION of those will die annually from preventable, water-borne diseases.
Water of Life is providing people’s most basic necessity: clean, disease-free water while taking the Gospel of Jesus and church planting in West Africa and India.
Walking miles each way to polluted, open creeks, lakes, or rivers as a daily household chore is not something we Americans can easily comprehend. Sometimes it’s a chore for us to even turn on the coffee pot in the mornings. In developing nations, women and children are the ones who carry the burden—walking miles multiple times a day with 40-lb. water jugs on their heads. Families will wash their clothes, cook their meals, bathe with, and drink this polluted water because they don’t have access to anything else.
When Water of Life gives a new well to a village, not only are hours of dangerous and strenuous labor saved for the women and children, but the village gets healthier. 1 in 5 babies who would have died before the age of 5 now have a chance at survival. Children have time to go to school. Women can care for their families and contribute to the recovering economy. And most importantly to Water of Life, we have left an impact on eternity. Our local well drilling crews work alongside Christian pastors and ministries in every country, making sure that the people know this new well is a gift from Jesus. His love is spreading in these hopeless places. Set free from oppressive religions like Islam, Hinduism, and animism, the truth of the Gospel is bringing Light and Hope for the least of these.
“Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the Water of Life.” Revelation 22:17 NIV