“When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was naked, you clothed me. When I was thirsty, you gave me water to drink.” “Master,” Jesus’ disciples asked, “when did we do all these things for you?” He replied, “If you have done it for the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me.”
One part of this messianic mandate—providing safe drinking water to every Liberian village, town and district—is what Rev. Dr. Todd Phillips and his organization, The Last Well (TLW), have embarked upon. TLW’s aim: to build wells in every village, town and district throughout Liberia by 2020.
Jesus’ words to His disciples about reaching out to the needy wherever we find them, is a lesson for us all. All of us who call ourselves Christians should reach out to people in need, wherever we find them, whether or not we know them. Was that not the point the Master made in his “Parable of the Good Samaritan”?
That is the mission Dr. Phillips and his partners have taken upon themselves to accomplish by the year 2020. Do he and his partners know anyone in the remote towns and villages of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Kru counties? No! Yet there they are building wells in all these places to bring safe drinking water.
This campaign will substantially reduce the incidences of dysentery, malaria and typhoid that each year kills thousands of Liberian children. The placing of wells in every village, town and district will cut that out and save our children’s lives.
As Vice President Joseph Boakai told The Last Well conference last Tuesday, this great project deserves the support of all of us. Each Liberian citizen and resident should do whatever he or she can to help make this mission successful. It is in our prime interest and that of future generations.
In addition to providing safe drinking water, The Last Well also aims to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they go. That, too, is one of the messianic mandates of Christ to His disciples: “Go into all the world and preach Gospel” to everyone, not with bayonets, bombs and bullets, but with love, compassion and doing good, just as The Last Well is doing and many other Christian bodies have done in our country since its founding in 1822.
The Baptists, Episcopalians, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Seventh Day Adventists and a host of other Christian missions have come to Liberia since the 1820s, many later, to preach and spread the Gospel.
The Daily Observer publisher’s maternal uncle, Christian Lovett Porte, in the late 1940s started an unfinished book entitled, Hosts of Missions Invade Liberia. Christian never went beyond fifth grade, yet he had vast knowledge of history, literature and current events. His friends marveled at his extensive knowledge and named him KA, meaning Know All. He, too, sensed the proliferation of missions in the country.
Yet until today the country is still plagued with witchcraft and ritualistic killings, and these are set to increase as next year’s elections approach.
We applaud and welcome The Last Well’s initiative to bring not just safe drinking, but also living water throughout Liberia—the living water which Jesus gave to the woman He met at Jacob’s well in Samaria.
She took that living water to the people in her village, exhorting them to “come see a man who told me all that I ever did!” When they returned from meeting Jesus, they told her, “We believe not because of what you told us, but because we have seen Him for ourselves and know that He is the Messiah.”
We call on all Christian denominations to join Dr. Phillips, Doc Lawson and their team in bringing safe drinking water and living water to the Liberian masses, in a determined bid to saturate (flood) this beleaguered republic and eliminate not just the dryness on the people’s tongues but also the darkness in their souls.
This newspaper has frequently called on the churches to intensify their evangelistic outreach to help rid the country of witchcraft and bring our people closer to God and Christ.
The Last Well can definitely help us to extend this messianic mandate and extirpate (wipe out) from our country these and other demonic tendencies.