Businessman Pipes 'Living Water' to the World

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LOS ANGELES - Walter Wang is the CEO of the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. However, the born-again Christian is in no way hoarding his money and places a premium on giving.

Now, after a bout with a rare form of cancer, he wants to make an even bigger impact.

To most, Walter Wang has appeared to live a charmed life. He grew up under the leadership of his father -- the late Wang Yung-Ching, who was the founder of Formosa Plastics in Taiwan, and one of the world's richest men.

Wang also grew up in a Christian home.

"It was a U.S. missionary that traveled to Taiwan to spread God's Gospel, and my grandfather received," Wang, the president and CEO of JM Eagle, shared. JM Eagle is based in Los Angeles.

The Miracle of Forgiving

The family eventually emigrated to California, where their success in business continued. However, five years ago, their world took a major hit.  Doctors diagnosed Wang with a rare form of nasal cancer.

"It's a four stage, because the cancer has already spread to the skull base," Wang explained.

He underwent hours of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. But it was after advice from a Christian friend and an encounter with the Holy Spirit that true healing began to take place. The friend asked Wang if he was dealing with unforgiveness.

"He said, 'Jesus came to forgive each and every one of us,'" Wang recalled his friend telling him. "'God's character is love, so therefore, He forgave. He sent His begotten Son and died for us on the Cross. So if you're going against God's heart and character, you'll never get healing.  You'll never receive healing.'"

Laughter's Medicine

Wang wrote down names of people he needed to forgive, and then forgave them once and for all in Jesus' Name.

"It was a miracle after that," Wang said. "We were praying in a small room. It was me, this friend, Richard, and my wife, and I became... I felt this warmth just injected from my head all the way to my toes." 

"I couldn't control this wild laughter," he recalled. "After 10 minutes of laughter non-stop, I felt this burden that was like locked up in my heart, for maybe decades, gone, released, just released and gone."

"I guess laughter is the best medicine," Wang's wife, Shirley, said.  "God knows what is best for him, and he became a changed man."    

After five months of treatment, Walter says God healed him.

"God allowed me -- allowed me to go through this trial and tribulation because He has a bigger calling for me," Wang said.

Piping in 'Living Water'

Being the CEO of the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe may sound like all business, but for Wang it's so much more. In fact, he said his work is a Divine calling.

"When you think about it, pipe brings the essence of life to people," Wang said. JM Eagle has donated miles and miles of pipe to bring clean water to villages all over the world, including many in Africa, to fight against illness and poverty.

"Africa is not water deficient," Wang said. "It's infrastructure deficient."

In other words, there are clean water sources in Africa, but limited ways to get that water to people who need it.

Senegal is one of the countries to benefit from this generosity. JM Eagle supplied 70 miles of plastic pipe to transport water to dozens of villages in the African country, helping more than 13,000 people. Hundreds of public water taps are now available to villagers, eliminating the need for women and children to walk for hours to a contaminated water source.

"You turn on the water," Wang said. "Water comes out. Thirty second walk."

A Premium on Giving

This year, Wang's company shipped another 200 miles of pipe to seven other African countries.  When the projects are complete, around 150,000 people will have access to clean water.  Wang says his parents instilled in him early on the Biblical principle of giving.
 
"Always do good for others, and that good ultimately will come back to yourself," Wang said.

As his company continues to grow, Wang believes God has placed him in his leadership position to not just pipe in physical water to people. He said God is using him to funnel in living water to communities, by sharing the Gospel and telling others about God's miraculous power.

"After this last four years, I have been going all over the world to give my testimony," Wang said. "That is living water. It flows."

Living Water, Healing Hearts

That living water has brought about healings in others and conversions to Christianity. Wang's wife, Shirley, a former buddhist, accepted Christ after witnessing the power of God transform her husband.

"At the end of the day, it is faith," Shirley Wang said.  "It is the faith to carry on, and it's faith that Walter will get healed; faith that I walk out that door, and I won't get hit by a bus; faith that things will be well."

"At the end of the day, like Jesus says in John 10:10, 'The cup overflows,'" Wang said. "I think God's gift for us -- that cup, that gifts will overflow every day, so we just have to know how to find it."

*Originally aired July 12, 2010. 

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