Agape Home Healthcare
Community Service Coordinator
In 1996, I was editor of a newspaper in a small East Texas town. Spring had been unusually dry and the lack of rain was already starting to take a toll on the town’s lake which was the main water supply. With temperatures rising and the water in the lake quickly disappearing, leaders of the community realized emergency measures had to be taken.
Citizens were urged to conserve water. A ban was issued for the town restricting all outside watering and burning. City Council meetings were held to find an immediate solution for the critical water shortage. A decision was made to install an eight-inch temporary above-ground line from a larger lake to pump water into the town’s lake.
Television news crews from Dallas, Texas stationed themselves around the city interviewing citizens on how they were coping with the lack of rain and water. It seemed like my phone rang all the time asking me for interviews and drilling me with questions about the town and water problems. News traveled fast as we soon heard from a radio station in South Bend, Indiana. A disc jockey from the station had made a plea to her audience to donate water to the little Texas town. We had so many donations we couldn’t give all the water away!
The local schools were using paper goods during the day so they didn’t have to use the dishwasher. They turned off the drinking fountains and offered bottled water to the students instead. The two car washes in the town volunteered to close until the crisis was over and ministers throughout the town encouraged everyone to have faith and pray.
A prayer service was organized at the town’s lake and the television news crews traveled to the little town again.Everyone held hands and started to pray. We asked God for rain and thanked him for all the donations. This little town had more faith than I thought possible as they thanked God for the rain they knew they were about to receive.With only a week of water left in the town’s lake, the construction crew completed the emergency pipeline just in time. A barbecue lunch was held at the lake as the water from the pipeline began to flow. Along with the flood of water from the pipeline, rain fell from the sky – a sure sign of their faith and indeed an answer to prayer.“Faith can move mountains, but don’t be surprised if God hands you a shovel” – Author unknown.