WHO MADE THE WELL?

  • The Well was created by members of 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.
  • The Well was released in November 2019. Internet searches are conducted and updated by Gemma to identify more stories for inclusion.

HOW IS THE WELL MADE?

  • The Well does not produce its own video stories, it’s made up of aggregated and curated content.
  • Only salvation stories produced by gospel-centered churches and gospel-centered ministries are included.
  • Criteria is applied from our story checklist to all producers of videos to ensure they are true gospel partners.
  • Producers of salvation stories are identified through internet searches, personal networks and word of mouth.
  • It is a given that the producer who has made the video will have obtained permission from the individual to make their story publicly available online (and therefore the stories are reusable).
  • Producers of salvation stories are contacted to ask for their permission to include their videos on The Well.
  • For each story, information regarding its source is provided.
  • If you are a gospel-centered church or ministry who produce video salvation stories, please make contact to see if your stories match our criteria. Help us glorify God by growing The Well!
  • View the list of story sources for The Well.

STORY BEHIND THE NAME – ‘THE WELL”

  • 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 LIFE STORIES ON THE WELL

  • The life stories 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.

WHY MAKE THE WELL?

  • To testify to the existence of God and to glorify His name by declaring His Greatness (Isaiah 43:10, Psalm 107:1-3, Psalm 145:3-4, 1 Timothy 1:17).
  • To serve as a formidable witness for Christ and to validate His gospel (John 1:6, 1 John 5:11-12, John 4:42, 1 Timothy 1:16, Romans 16: 25-27).
  • To equip the Body of Christ with a tool to help spread the gospel through testimony (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:14, John 1:7, John 4:39).
  • To ‘upcycle’ high-quality salvation story videos made by the local Church, so that they can be utilized in evangelism and biblical counselling at a national and international level.
  • To signpost people to gospel partners, so that they can move from online interactions to offline interactions with the local Church.
  • To show people their spiritual condition and need for Christ.
  • To show people how they can be reconciled to God.
  • To show people that God can drastically change lives, which must begin with true heart change.
  • To help saturate the internet with more truth and hope.
  • To use the internet for the glory of God.
  • To harness the power of the internet to serve the Great Commission.

INDEXING STORIES

  • We ask the Lord to help guide us in our understanding of each person’s story.
  • We are intentional about having a respectful attitude towards the people whose stories we listen to.
  • We listen to each story twice (by the same person or another person) to help with our accuracy of selecting and indexing each story.
  • We use our story checklist to determine if the person’s story should be included on The Well.
  • We apply an absolute maximum of 4 main topics/categories to each story.
  • We apply as many topic tags as are relevant to the story.

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.