Water- life’s greatest need

How important is water? It’s what we all need every day #Jesus#wells#safewater#CHaRA

An image of a large body of water

John, chapter 4, MEV, Modern English Version 

  Now it was necessary that He (Jesus)  go through Samaria. 
 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being exhausted from His journey, sat down by the well. 
A woman of Samaria came there to draw water.
Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 
 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?”
For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
“Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Scripture taken from the Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About the pictures

 I photographed these Zanzibar women drawing water from a well when I travelled there with a medical team to assist CHaRA Mission. CHaRA is
“a USA faith based 501(c)(3) organization focused on the needs of people, especially children, mothers, babies and midwives in rural villages, where resources are limited and hope is deferred.”
CHaRA’s projects include construction, health, and relief.
It’s mission is  to improve the lives of the people of East Africa through
  • good health,
  • safe water,
  • education,
  • care of orphans, and
  • the love of God.”
I felt honored and privileged to use my medical knowledge and skill to assist the founders of CHaRA and the beautiful people they are helping.
group of people sitting under a tree
villagers waiting for the relief outreach  activities  by CHaRA
group of people, some in African garb
our team from Oklahoma with the Tanzanians we worked with


 Please share with someone you know who might be interested in volunteering to help CHaRA. Maybe it’s you!

man and woman next to a wooden boat on a beach
My husband and I enjoying the beach on our last day in Zanzibar

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Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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