India Penke: G. Kothapalli

Village: G. kothapalli
Well Depth: 125 feet
G. Kothapalli is a village in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The “G” in its name references the neighboring village of Gudimetta. G. Kothapalli is very rocky in parts, but farming is possible. The people of this village depend on crops such as rice, cotton, chili, ground nuts, tomatoes, brinjal (eggplant) and beans for their income, in addition to gathered commodities such as bamboo and honey.
The people of this village are classified by the government of India as scheduled or backwards caste. In India, the caste system classifies division of labor and power in human society. To be classified as scheduled or backwards indicates you are part of an educationally and socially disadvantaged group. Among other necessities, access to clean water was desperately needed by the people residing in G. Kothapalli.

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And while the nature of the landscape proved difficult for drilling, the lack of support from some of the local villagers proved to be the bigger challenge. When word spread that drilling was being done by followers of Christ, hostility grew. Many were against the work being done simply because it was being done by Christian hands. Some of the workers became very afraid, but God, who is faithful and worthy of trust, did His great work despite the resistance by some of the villagers.
Please pray specifically for our dedicated worker, Penke, who has been a victim of much harassment and whose camera was recently stolen by the villagers in G. Kothapalli. Pray too that the clean water from this well will ultimately lead the villagers of G. Kothapalli to Christ, the Living Water, who will cause them to thirst no more. John 4:14 says “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”