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
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!