What are people in MALAWI saying about the AFRICA OASIS PROJECT?

(The following quotes are taken directly from Africa Oasis evaluation reports.)

 The new well is a great evangelistic tool.

 Cholera and many water-borne diseases are now becoming a thing of the past.

 The well has become a place for people to receive Christ.

 200 people have received Christ and 84 community members have joined the church.

 Diseases such as cholera, typhoid, bacillary and amoebic dysentery are not prevalent anymore.

 Now, there is a deep water well near the Assembly of God church and the community of 2,500 people sees the local church as a vital part of the area.


Water for Able First Foundation School

The community of Farafenni, The Gambia has an estimated population of 500 people. Janet, a Christian, retired Nigerian woman founded Able First Foundation School where a large majority of the children are from Muslim families. The students are hearing the Gospel presented on a daily basis.

A borehole was drilled recently on the school property and a solar pump, tower, and a holding tank were installed. Several spigots for use by the community were also installed. This new well is bringing focus to the school and people from the community are coming for the fresh water which helps to improve their overall health and nutrition. The well was dedicated on March 24, 2018. The children of Able First Foundation School wish to thank the donors in America who gave to provide clean water for their school and for their family members. We also want to thank missionaries Scott and LaVonna Ennis for providing over-site for this project as well as other Africa Oasis projects throughout The Gambia in West Africa.


WATER FOR CHAD

Three decades of civil warfare, outside invasions, Boko Haram bombings and many other challenges impact the Central African country of Chad. The Africa Oasis Project is working to bring light to this difficult area by putting in a much needed water well at the Moundou Bible School. The Bible School students work diligently on their studies and preparing for the ministry, but they also spend much of their time trying to find water for drinking and cooking their food. Now, with the new well, pump, water tower, and tank they not only have enough water for drinking and sanitation, they also have water for irrigating their vegetable gardens. The Africa Oasis Project has been an amazing blessing to the students at the Bible School in Moundou, Chad in Central Africa.


WATER IS FLOWING IN BURKIA FASO

Burkina Faso, in West Africa, is a country that continues to experience violence and terrorism but the national Assemblies of God Church is still praying and preparing. At the Kaya Bible School they are training students who will pastor in these dangerous areas. The Africa Oasis Project was recently able to provide a new water tank, water pumps, and piping to provide clean water for the students to drink and to also pump water to the agricultural projects at the school. With these improvements the students not only have food for them-selves but also enough to sell in the village 10 kilometers away to support themselves and the Bible School.


TANZANIA

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the East African country of Tanzania where there are many people who are in desperate need for Jesus Christ and clean water. The Africa Oasis Project has been working hard to meet those needs. In conjunction with the Tanzanian Assemblies of God we have just recently provided another seven village wells in the Muslim region of Lindi, in Tanzania.

A pastor in Tanzania said, “This is the result of 10 years of Harvest in Tanzania. The villagers are so happy with much gratitude for getting water; it is like a dream to them! We are grateful for your efforts together with all of the donors for making this project a success.”

Many thanks to all of you who contribute to the Africa Oasis Project. With your partnership we can continue to make a spiritual and physical difference in the lives of these beautiful people.


Drilling a Well & Planting a Church

The women in Africa dance when they are happy and seeing water burst from the ground, is certainly a great time for dancing. Just a two hour drive from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe there are still villages with severe drought conditions. Using donkey carts they struggle to bring water to their families from far away rivers. The Assemblies of God National Church asked Africa Oasis Project missionaries Steve & Glenda Evans to meet with village

elders to assess water needs, help with planting of churches, and drill 3 wells in the Kwarai area of Zimbabwe. Drilling through the desert sand was a challenge as the shaft kept caving in. Finally the shaft was cased all the way to the bottom. While the men drilled, the women prayed. When the drillers hit water, the women rejoiced by singing and dancing. Every night during the week, an open air crusade was held in the village and when the invitation was given for people to accept Jesus as their Savior many responded.

At a recent pastors’ luncheon in Bulawayo Steve saw Pastor Khumalo who had traveled 5 hours to bring a report from Kwarai. With a big smile on his face, Pastor Khumalo reported that the people are being blessed with the water and the new church is growing. Plans are now being made to invite the entire village to the dedication of the well, including the chief

and community leaders. Jesus will again be preached. What an honor it is for the Africa Oasis Project team to be investing in lives for eternity, along with our donors who are praying and generously giving.


“I Will Build My Church”

The Africa Oasis Project recently received an update on the fresh water well that was drilled in Naki-Est, Togo in West Africa. Missionaries Bernie and Brenda Smith oversaw the project and shared a wonderful report about the powerful impact of the well. Following is part of their story. A couple of days after the (Africa Oasis Project) well began functioning, the fetishers (local witch doctors) who had performed sacrifices to try to curse this project -- the same ones who had vowed to chase the pastor and his church from the community -- came and got on their knees and begged his forgiveness. None of the existing wells in Naki-Est and the villages surrounding have produced any water since the Africa Oasis Project well began producing. The regional chief told Pastor Ferdinand that if it had not been for the Assemblies of God, everyone would have died during the dry season as even the streams had dried up. The pastor and his family are typical in that they were often sick due to the poor water they used before. Now they are healthy. This story is being repeated throughout the region in Christian and non-Christian families. People are saying that the Assemblies of God church has given us life! About three weeks ago, the Vice-President of the Togo Assemblies of God preached in the church on a Sunday morning. He returned saying, “That pastor has become like a king in the Naki-Est region.” Remember, less than a year ago they almost ran him out of town! One of the results is that the church has grown from around 25 adults to around 60 and has started 3 daughter churches in the region. -Bernie Smith

We rejoice with the Smiths and the people of Naki-Est, Togo as they receive fresh water and the Living Water of Jesus Christ.


"And Enlarge My Territory"

There was a visit to the Mhuju Assembly of God where a plan was shared with the people about the desire to drill a well next to the church in the fu-ture. The village chief and several elders were present and after the ser-vice the group went out-side to see the proposed well site on the church property. The chief stated that “this piece of land is much too small for the people of the village to gather as they wait to use the well.” He said “you must take this large piece of land adjacent to the church property.” This land was currently being farmed by someone so the question was asked to the Pastor who the land belonged to. The Pastor said “it doesn’t matter. If the chief said it, it is so.” So Praise the Lord for favor with the chief and the elders.


Ava’s Well

Ten year old Ava said she took water for granted until a few months ago, when she watched a video of two little girls adopted in Oregon from Congo, where the UN

says more than 37 million people do not have access to safe water. When the girls were offered dolls and iPhones, they instead clung to their empty water bottles

— their most-prized possession. In Africa the two children had never experienced this kind of blessing. Ava observed this and decided that she wanted to help other

children in Africa to have clean, fresh, and plentiful water.

Her Pastor told her about the Africa Oasis Project, the water initiative of the Assemblies of God World Missions. Ava got excited and declared that she wanted to raise the $12,000 needed to “provide a well in a village, by a church, for children in Africa”. Rather than discourage her with the enormity of this task, her Pastor and her Mother told her to pray, dream, and work to see what God would do. As the church of about 90 people prayerfully supported Ava, she began to talk to everyone she could about the drastic need for clean water in Africa. She spoke to other churches, to home school chapels, to businesses

and she shared her burden on social media. God blessed Ava’s prayers, heart, tenacity and drive and in only six months over $12,000 was given. The funds helped the Africa Oasis Project drill Ava’s Well “in a village, by a church, for children in Africa”. Please Lord, let us have the faith of a child.

“If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones….that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matt. 10:42


Ethiopia

Our missionary colleagues in Ethiopia are telling the Africa Oasis Project that there is an “open door with the Borana people in the southern part of Ethiopia. There are over one million Borana. They are pastoralists and basically animists in their religious beliefs. Islam is working hard to bring their message to these people. Now seems to be a critical time for reaching the Borana.”

In November of 2016 we had the opportunity to visit Ethiopia and see the great need for water solutions and for new church planting. Our missionary on the ground stated; “the locations for the church plants must correspond with locations ... where wells are most needed. The EAG (Ethiopia Assemblies of God) can consider the strategic location of wells along with the most important places for establishing churches to bring the gospel to these people.” We are excited to be a part of this great outreach.


Fishers of Men: Raising Fish in Burkina Faso

At the Bible School in Bilanga, Burkina Faso the Africa Oasis Project was able to help with a very unique water project. The students dug a ditch over 800 yards long and installed piping. They then used an AOP purchased diesel pump to bring water from a small reservoir into a large concrete fish tank with four sections. The Bible School is now raising four kinds of fish to feed those on campus and to sell. Then the enriched overflow water is sent to multiple small basins where water is drawn for garden plots and fruit orchards. In the chapel the students sang and danced to songs of welcome, appreciation, and praise to God. These Pastoral students are training to preach the Gospel in churches all across the eastern regions of Burkina Faso. They are also learning the necessary lessons of how to provide for their families in their remote areas of service. We truly serve a God that is still sending fishers of men. Matthew 4:19 (NIV) “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”


Water for Thom, Malawi

Nancy McGlawn, AGWM missionary to Malawi, met my plane and together we traveled to the village of Thom. The people were gathered to worship when we arrived and the church was decorated for the occasion with different colored toilet pa-per. The chief’s representative was there to pray in the church and speak to the people outside by the well. I encouraged the church to take good care of the well and to witness to the people in the community who will come for the clean water. Nancy prayed over the well and we both helped the women pump the water. Watching the women collect the water and lift it up on their heads, while still carrying a baby was quite a sight to behold. These ladies no longer have to walk 3 miles to get water from the river, or collect the water from a dirty, open, shallow well. The ladies can now come down the dusty road, a few blocks from their homes to get clean water at the church. After we hand-ed out BGMC Buddy Buckets we went back into their mud church. Two young teenagers came into the church carrying a goat which they laid at my feet. The pastor told me that it was the church’s gift to me for bringing them clean water. I had already told the church that the water was a gift from God and friends in the USA, but they still wanted to express their gratitude. Later, we spoke to another pastor and asked if he could give my goat to some needy family. I said “farewell” to the goat but I will never forget the generous hearts of these people in Thom, Malawi.


Celebration in Ghana

The Ghanaians love a good celebration. When the well project was finished in Salaga, Ghana at the Agape School there was much rejoicing and celebrating for what God had done. A bore-hole with fresh water and a tower and tank are now in place facilitating clean water for all. This primary school has 852 students plus faculty and staff. This project was graciously sponsored by the Georgia Children’s Ministries and BGMC. What a wonderful investment in the Kingdom of God. “Praise God from Whom all blessings (water) flow.” Salaga is a strong Muslim village where the Water of Life is flowing today because of your prayers and contributions. Thank you for your partnership!

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