Thursday, May 10, 2012

Miracle in Gambela

In the pressing heat of the pre-rain season, land is cleared by setting fire to the dry grass. Running fires sweep here and there throughout the region, leaving charred and cleared ground ready for planting. We were getting ready for supper, when we realized that one of these fires was headed straight towards us. The man “tending” the fire, perhaps realizing impending disaster, ran away!
The Anglican Center in Gambela

Grant and Iri decided to do battle with buckets of water. They gained nothing but a happy tick who decided Grant was a good escape from the burning brush. Gusting winds fanned the flames to 3 feet in height as they reached our inadequate 3 strings of wire fence. Our precious banana tree seedlings looked doomed, not to mention the buildings of the Anglican Center. There was nothing we could do! 

Bowing our heads, we prayed, “ God, send Your servants the angels, as wind to blow away the fire".

Instantly, like the flipping of a switch, the fire went from 3 feet down to 3 inches and then quickly fizzled out, just at the border of our fence!

It was a peaceful and thankful night, sitting in the now welcome breeze of the wind. Thank you God! And thank you, our friends, for the unity of your prayers for and with us, in which dwells God’s ordained blessing (Psalm 133:1-3).
Our house in Gambela


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