There are always so many opportunities to actually feel

yourself participating in a miracle…

Meg with baby

Meg with baby

One such instance occurred when an older villager who spoke English very well arrived at the well site a little bit late, but before the installation of the well was complete. He apologized for his tardiness and explained that he had to wait for “the old woman.” He went on to say that it was important for him to help her get ready to come down to the installation because she had been praying her whole life that she would live to see clean water in her village and she didn’t want to miss it. She was 83 years old. That’s a long time to pray for clean water in your village.

Shortly thereafter a very old, very frail woman wearing what were certainly her best clothes made her way slowly and quietly down the steep hill to the well site, placing her walking stick carefully with each step. After the installation and dedication of the well were completed, the old man got up onto the well and pumped sparkling water out of the ground. He smiled broadly. He then stepped down to help the frail old woman up onto the well, put his hands on top of hers on the pump handle, and helped her draw out more of that beautiful clean water.

Elderly couple with their first time experiencing clean water

Elderly couple with their first time experiencing clean water

Turning to the woman, he said, “Now you can go home to Jesus. And you can tell them that you lived to see clean water brought to your village. Your prayers have been answered.”

The joy of that moment and their unwavering expression of faith were overwhelming. We were indeed standing on hallowed ground.