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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Steve and the Pastor dancing the moment water gushed out!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Earlier, the foreman didn’t think they would find water. The last few drills in the same area had been unsuccessful, but he didn’t know the powerful prayers of the church people as they asked the Lord to give them water. When the drilling rig hit the water, it was a happy day in Overspill, Zimbabwe.
Water was “Spilling Over” at the Overspill Worship Centre, where Tsungai Chinyama is the pastor & also the General Superintendent for the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God. He & his wife, Constance started the church in one of the poorest suburbs of Harare.
Pastor Chinyama like all Zimbabweans, knows about challanging situations. Steve & Glenda remember when he accepted the Lord as his Savior over 20 years ago, choosing to go to Bible School over the objection of his family. The church has experienced much growth meeting only under a steel structure.
The local conditions had deteriorated. The people were becoming desperate for clean water. People in Overspill were only getting water from the city every 7 days, so they started digging hand-dug wells, lining the wells with old tires.
When Steve & Glenda Evans visited with the local leadership, it was decided that a well, producing clean water was desperately needed in Overspill. The church was encouraged to pray that enough funds would be raised to pay for the drilling. The site for the well was marked right beside the church. Some months later, the wonderful news came from BGMC, saying that the Boys & Girls in the USA had raised the funds for the well.
On the dedication day, it was an emotional moment as Constance (in the blue dress) prayed over the well. With tears in her eyes she said, “The boys & girls in the USA, (BGMC) have given the money for this well, so that our boys & girls in Overspill can drink clean water & grow up to be healthy.” Dean Galyen, Zimbabwe missionary & moderator, enjoyed pumping the well while Steve filled the container & gave the clean water to Constance to drink. From the place near the church that was marked with bricks, there is now a well that is pumping water from the underground “River”.
Water & Jesus are now “Spilling Over” to the people in the community of Overspill. YES, with the Lord’s help, BGMC, AOP & the Overspill Worship Centre have made a huge difference in Zimbabwe!!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
It took 2 days of driving on rough dirt roads to reach Tiya from Nairobi. AOP was doing water projects in the region. Steve, with the Kenya missionaries & National Church leaders went to see the completion of the wells. Tiya was not on the list to get a well, but concern was expressed about going to view the situation in Tiya & word was sent to the pastor that the church leaders were coming to visit him.
The pastor was not in Tiya when Steve & the group arrived at noon. The village explained that he left at dawn, on his bicycle, to collect water for his family from the nearest river. His wife, too weak from delivering their 3rd child, was not able to make the long journey. Steve describes how he saw the pastor coming into the village, sweating from the long journey & pushing his bicycle with the heavy containers of water strapped to both sides. Watching this touching scene, Steve decided that funds just had to be transferred to Kenya to pay for one more well. Steve called the Africa Office in Springfield & was told enough offerings had come in that month to total the amount needed to drill the well in Tiya.
The miracles of water coming to Tiya are amazing. Steve was able to call from a desert place in Africa. Funds were available in the USA from donors. The drilling rig was in the area & could drill immediately. Enough water was found to provide for the entire village. The well & pump was installed right beside the church. The pastor has people coming to the church everyday for… CLEAN & LIVING WATER!!!!
Isaiah 41:17 & 18 reminds us of the Tiya Water Miracle in the desert…
"The poor & needy search for water, & there is none.
But I, the Lord will answer them.
I will open rivers for them & fill the desert with water" (NLT)
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
This is the image in many places in Africa of young girls spending their day scooping water out of holes.
Funds from donors have changed this situation for the people in the Mahobong village of Lesotho. Recently, Africa Oasis Project drilled a well & installed a pump, giving the people clean water to drink.
High in the Lesotho mountains, people live in simple huts, wear heavy blankets to keep warm from the snow, have shepherds caring for sheep & water is a huge challenge.The only water available came from a small mountain spring. With so many people trying to collect the water during the day, the spring could not produce enough water for the village.
“The people in the mountain village of Mahobong are getting water only at midnight," was the report sent to us by Alan Pettenger, AGWM missionary to Lesotho. "Even in the below freezing temperatures, they are wrapping blankets around themselves & walking down the mountain trails, hoping to find & collect water."
When Steve & Glenda visited Mahobong & viewed the people’s source of water from the mountain spring, it was sobering. Young girls were crawling into the small hole at the spring to collect water, one cupful at a time. The cattle were also trying to drink from the same spring & dung was seen & smelled everywhere. Cholera could be the result of such conditions.
Appeals were made for funds to drill a well in Mahobong, beside the church. Additional support funds coming in monthly, enabled Steve & Glenda to travel to Lesotho twice to organize the drilling of the well. The drilling rig struck water at 80 meters. The supply of water was enough for the village.
Mrs. Mafalesi, the pastor’s wife expressed the delight of the people, as she pumped water from the newly installed well.
“Our people were waking up at midnight to find water. Now we have clean water, right beside the church & the people in the village are coming to the church for water. Yes, our church is also growing….the people are flowing into the church like water!!”
Steve & Glenda ministered at the church in Mahobong. They saw the completed well & rejoiced with the people. BGMC Buddy Buckets were distributed & the women sang & danced around the well. They also carried their new buckets back to their home, full of water. Once again, this was an incredible witness for Jesus, as Living & Running Water was flowing from the church well in the Lesotho village of Mahobong.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Steve paused under the shade of his STL Vehicle & Glenda sat on a blanket.
We were in the tribal area of Venda, South Africa, drilling a well, constructing a church & caring for widows & orphans at the HIV/AIDS Home-Based Care Centers. Earlier, Wayne & Delight Peercy invited us to Venda, to hear the request from Pastor Jeremiah Mathelemusa. We knew Pastor Jeremiah very well. We had helped him build a church, 9 years ago, with our son, Todd. Since then, Pastor Jeremiah had started 5 more churches & 15 HIV/AIDS centers, caring for over 500 orphans/vulnerable children. Now the care-givers were needing a well, so they could grow vegetables, to feed the orphans.
We also knew Venda, from all the stories told by Glenda’s Dad, Vernon Pettenger, who lived in Venda, 84 years ago, as a missionary kid with his parents. For Glenda, it was a special week, because 2 miles away, in the same valley, was the abandoned mission house, where her Dad had lived.
5 Hours after the rig started drilling, water gushed out of the ground, 3 stories high!
You just HAD to be there to see how excited Steve got!
BGMC buckets were
filled with food for the care-givers. Pastor Jeremiah enjoyed tasting the clean water from the well.
A night service was held under the new church structure, to celebrate the new well & to tell people about Jesus, the Lving Water. Even the men from the drilling company & the chief's son attended the service. In ONE week, a difference was made in ONE village... a church steel structure was built, a well was dug & widows & orphans were cared for. To those supporting The Africa Oasis Project, you too helped us make a difference!!