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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Ripple Effect

By Scott Harrup
Sept. 9, 2012

The community was named Overspill, but the residents were desperate for water. In this suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, people dug wells by hand and lined them with old tires. Shallow and unclean, their makeshift reservoirs harbored disease.

Tsungai and Constance Chinyama started Overspill Worship Centre, an Assemblies of God church, in the impoverished community and determined to meet the people’s physical as well as spiritual needs. With the help of Africa Oasis Project, a ministry of Assemblies of God World Missions, a sanitary well was drilled to an aquifer of abundant, clean water. Families drawn to the church for the gift of drinking water also learned of Living Water that satisfies the deepest soul thirst.

Africa Oasis Project team leaders Steve and Glenda Evans have witnessed similar stories unfold across the continent. Behind those stories are countless supporting churches, partnering congregations in Africa, well-drilling teams and rigs … and Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo.

How is CBC involved? Years before Africa Oasis Project was established, the Assemblies of God college’s dedicated faculty were preparing Steve and Glenda for their ministry. Today, whenever a laughing child carries a bucket of clean water from Overspill Worship Centre back to her humble home, an invisible ripple connects that gift to chapel services, biblical teaching and godly mentoring that took place in the Evanses’ lives decades ago.

Similar lines of providential cause and effect link millions of people around the world with Christ-centered Assemblies of God campuses.

The currently endorsed 18 colleges and universities within the Assemblies of God continue a spiritual heritage that has gained momentum throughout the Fellowship’s first century. As alumni and dedicated faculty continue to live out their faith, the positive ripple effect is sure to continue as well.

Whether you are a college student or have a loved one heading to college, the decision to study at an Assemblies of God institution could powerfully shape a life, as well as a host of lives in a sea of tomorrows.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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