The Well is a gospel-centered, Bible-based resource; pointing lost and hurting people to Jesus Christ.
Video Salvation Stories
It contains video salvation stories from all around the world of people who've trusted in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The salvation stories are grouped together by life topic, so people can quickly view stories that relate to them.
The Well is regularly updated with new salvation stories that meet the inclusion criteria.
The Well also contains a Church Finder section to help people get connected to Bible-believing churches near them.
STORY BEHIND THE NAME
The name of The Well is taken from the story of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus while collecting water at her town’s well (John 4:5-42). Her life was radically transformed as a result of meeting and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is humanity’s Spiritual Well of salvation. He offers abundant life and eternal life to anyone who will receive Him. Jesus says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
THE PEOPLE ON THE WELL
The people on The Well show that humanity’s biggest problem is our spiritual impoverishment and just condemnation and separation from God (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 2:5, Colossians 1:21, Romans 6:23).
We each personally need to repent of our sinful ways and receive the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone can reconcile us to God and bring about the regeneration and healing each of us need. (Isaiah 55:7, Mark 1:14-15, Acts 3:19, John 3: 16-17, John 3:36, John 5: 24, John 6:40, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
Each person on The Well has had this life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ (we use a story checklist to guide our understanding if the person’s video includes a clear time when they received Christ).
Each person describes the help that Christ has given them with their life struggles and life questions.
Some people describe the challenges and trials that have occurred since becoming Christians, and the ways in which God has sustained them and worked all things out for good.
WHO MADE THE WELL?
The Well was created by a gospel-loving group of young Christians who attend Saylorville Church in Des Moines Iowa. View Saylorville’s Statement of Faith.
God gave Gemma Sandberg (now curator for The Well) the burden to initiate the project. Read more about how God led Gemma.
Core project members who created the website: Fredrik Sandberg (Co-founder), Gemma Sandberg (Co-founder, Information Scientist), Patrick Watertor (Creative Designer), John Nemmers (Researcher & Presenter).
Acknowledgments: Nelly Watertor (Graphic Designer & Reviewer), Tanner Archer (Videographer & Reviewer), Lindsey Holan (Reviewer), Lori Taschner (Reviewer), Pastor Pat Nemmers (Advisor & Reviewer), Pastor Chuck De Cleene (Advisor & Reviewer), Pastor Curt de Graaff (Advisor & Reviewer).
We released The Well in November 2019. Internet searches are regularly conducted and updated by Gemma to identify more stories for inclusion.
We indicate how much gospel content is part of each person’s salvation story as presented in their video (i.e we are signalling how much each story could be used to teach the gospel).
We use a simple three-category system:
a story where there is a statement indicating that the person received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
a story where there is a statement indicating that the person received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, along with some detail relating to the Person or Work of Christ, or the individual’s repentance.
a story where there is a statement indicating that the person received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, along with more detail relating to the Person or Work of Christ, or the individual’s repentance.
Please note, the category system is there to give a general idea of gospel content in the video. We’re not making a statement about the person’s theological knowledge or the reliability of their testimony.
We make every effort to use the category system consistently, but if you are concerned that we have not accurately represented how much gospel content is in someone’s video testimony, please contact us.
Disclaimer – we make every effort to ensure only testimonies of people with a genuine saving faith in Christ are included on The Well, and we select topics for each story to the best of our abilities. Please contact us if you are concerned that we have included a testimony without a sound theological basis, or if you feel we have wrongly indexed a story. Thank you for contributing to the quality of The Well.