Saturday, January 31, 2009

Miracle Well In Memory of a Special Mom

“You will NEVER get water from this well”. These were the sobering words spoken to Pastor Kenneth Nyoni, by the well driller, who had drilled for 2 days, at the church property.

Pastor Kenneth & his wife Lillian are pastoring a new church in Cowdray Park, Zimbabwe. When Glenda asked them which church they grew up in, Pastor Kenneth replied, “Mama Glenda, in 1982, we both were sitting in your Sunday School class, next to your sons, as you taught us. What a wonderful JOY it is, when missionaries discover that ones they have discipled, even over 25 years ago, are still serving God & bringing others to Jesus. The country of Zimbabwe, where Pastor Kenneth struggles to pastor, is in a very critical condition. The cholera situation is headline news around the world.

Now Pastor Kenneth was hearing that the well drilled at his church, which was meant to provide water for his people & mix the cement to build the church was dry. Since his people only receive water from the town, one hour each week, it was hoped the well would bring clean water for those suffering from cholera and AIDS. Since over 80% of the people are unemployed, the church also wanted to grow vegetables so people could have food to eat. Steve and Glenda joined the church in laying hands on the dry well, praying that miraculously the water would flow. Watching Pastor Kenneth pour out his heart to the Lord, as he held on to the dry well shaft, was heartbreaking.

Six months later, Pastor Kenneth sent an exciting message to Steve. “Pastor, a miracle has happened. PLEASE come and see our well. The water is gushing out!!” When Steve looked down into the long dark shaft at the well, he could see his face in the reflection of the water. Both Steve and Pastor Kenneth rejoiced together at the miracle God had done. Plans were made to dedicate the well.

In January 2009, Steve and Glenda returned to Zimbabwe for the dedication of the well. Their STL vehicle was packed with food and BGMC Buddy Buckets to give to Pastor Kenneth’s church. Accompanying them was Steve’s Dad, Jack Evans. Jack had donated all the funds for the Cowdray Park well, in memory of Steve’s Mom, Ruth Evans, who passed away in 2006. Ruth had worked most of her life for the California Alameda County Water District, so clean water was important to her. Knowing her only son was in Africa, providing clean water to the people was also important to her.
The well dedication was a day of celebration. Steve preached on the word, “SUDDENLY” highlighting in the Bible where “Suddenly” God did miracles when circumstances seemed impossible.
Pastor Kenneth kept pointing to the well, just yards away from their church building and saying, “Now the water is gushing out!”
Glenda handed out dozens of Buddy Buckets to the women, who danced & yodeled around the church.
Jack had the honor of pumping the water from the well that truly did “GUSH OUT”. Pastor Kenneth dedicated  the well to the Lord as the women stood ready to fill up their buckets.
In the midst of much suffering in Zimbabwe, it was wonderful to pause for a day to celebrate & thank the Lord with Pastor Kenneth & his church. The former dry well was now miraculously gushing with water, in memory of “Ruth” a very special Mom.