Beleaguered Church Blessed by Water Well in the Desert of West Africa

In the Bible, God demonstrates His power through water. Jesus turned water into wine and then walked on top of waves. He even compares Himself to water.

God still uses water as a conduit for miracles. Last year, He blessed a small well in the desert of West Africa.

Shadrach Black, West Africa project coordinator for the Baptist Global Response humanitarian aid organization, recounted the miracle a beleaguered church experienced when it partnered with BGR to provide its village with a fresh water source.

At the time, the pastor and congregation craved hope. “It’s difficult to endure in an area where you are not wanted and where you are mocked and scoffed,” Black said in a phone interview.

The small band of believers had suffered persecution from their surrounding community. Locals responded to the church’s message with scorn. Husbands mocked Christian wives for their faith. Black said the pastor, Adama Diallo*, did his best to encourage his congregation amid the oppression.

They believed a new well could make a difference in their bleak circumstances by improving life in the community and demonstrating the ability of the Christian God to meet needs.

The church had placed so much faith in the BGR project that its members felt overjoyed as soon as they saw the drilling equipment arrive.

“The women of the church are coming and greeting us,” Black recalled. “The pastor has tears in his eyes as we just bring in rigs … because of the hope that brought in.”

And the area desperately needed fresh water. Black described the ground in the region as sandy and insufficient for farming. There’s so little moisture that people slave to coax any vegetation from the soil. They mostly grow millet because it requires small amounts of water. People barely survive, living in mud-brick homes with thatch or tin roofing. The only significant income for villages often comes from young residents who find jobs in cities and send money back to help their communities.

Although the church was seeking to improve life for their neighbors, prejudice seemed stronger than thirst.

Instead of supporting the project, the community had given the congregation a “cursed” tract of land for the new well. Black said locals believed multiple spirits fought over that patch of dusty soil, and the supernatural struggle prevented anything from growing.

But the church decided to proceed anyway.

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Source: Baptist Press