Blessings Flow

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Memory Handenda walks in her lush cabbage patch with 16-month-old Blody Namwako, her cousin’s child. Before a well made the garden possible, Blody and other local children were malnourished.

“I was once a person of little faith,” says Memory. “But after my prayers, and this water came out, then I became a person of a lot of faith. We believed that, indeed, God exists.”

In Twachiyanda, where Memory lives in southern Zambia, water is precious. In fact, they have a saying that it’s okay for a few kernels of corn to fall to the ground, but not even one drop of water.

World Vision first attempted to drill wells here in 2005. Three times the World Vision crew drilled for water, and three times the borehole came up dry. On the fourth time, a group of World Vision staff and community members decided to pray at the site for the fourth drilling. Memory remembers World Vision’s Emmanual Opong said that if the water was locked down, then God would unlock it.

This time the water came gushing out.

Now they have ready access to a clean water supply. The nearby borehole also means that villagers can grow vegetable gardens for their families and also to sell to generate extra money. Now Blody and the other children no longer suffer from malnutrition.

World Vision rejoices with Memory, but many people still live without faith and hope.

We are grateful to You, Lord, for being our Source of living water — the One who satisfies our soul’s deepest desire with the joy of salvation. Thank You for strengthening Memory’s faith by answering her prayers. Show all of us that faith doesn’t come from answered prayers, but rather from the “confidence in what we hope for” (Hebrews 11:1). Open people’s eyes to recognize You as the only Source of living water for their parched souls. Let them be refreshed in Your love when they enjoy clean water to drink.

“… My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” —Psalm 63:1 (NASB)

Join us in praying for children and families who need clean, fresh, plentiful water. Sign up to walk or run a 6K on May 6 to bring water to more of them.

Photo©2013 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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