The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. REVELATION 22:17
Everyday from 7:30-8:00 you will find, or hear, the Egbe Hospital maintenance and construction staff inside the workshop. Sometimes up to sixty guys praising, praying, and studying the word of God together. These thirty minutes each morning have changed my life, and certainly many others over the past few years. Taking this time each day to focus on God’s word is truly a living spring quenching our daily thirst.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14
Over the past few months we have seen significant growth in maturity from the group, and a new level of faith and knowledge. The guys decided that the thirty minutes was not enough, they needed more time. Therefore, we decided to create “Thirsty Thursday”a bible study, after work that can go deeper into the word, and last as long as needed (OR at least, until it becomes “Hungry Thursday”, and time for dinner!) As a missionary, there is no greater joy than to see my Nigerian brothers asking questions, and wanting to know more about their faith!
As we have become more unified in our knowledge, and vulnerable in love. I have admitted to the men I myself have not always been thirsty for the word. Upon my High School graduation I was given a study bible by my extended family. For the four to five years that followed I can honestly say the bible was opened only a handful of times. It sat on the shelf collecting dust! I never wanted to lose it, but made no effort to make sure I knew where it was. In spite of my immaturity the Bible followed me up until the day my eyes were finally opened. When the veil was lifted I now couldn’t put the study bible down! I fell in love with the truth of His word, and finally understood the GREAT value and POWER that came from this graduation gift. This bible continues to serve me well, especially during our devotion and bible study time.
Over the past few years a guy in our workshop has always stood out to me. He has shown to be devoted, humble, and thirsty for the truth – His name, Kolawole “Kollycool” Samson. Everyday he comes early to devotions making sure the chairs are set up, and bibles are out for everyone to use. He is always eager to ask questions, and contributes to the lesson. Therefore, when it came time for Katie and I to leave last month, I wanted to leave him something. A symbol of thanks, as well as, encouragement to stay thirsty! I developed a plan to leave him my study bible, and promised to buy another one as soon as I reached the U.S. The bible I would buy would eventually become His, but during our time away I would use his as he studied with mine. I would follow along with the same verses they are reading in the workshop, allowing us to stay connected. Together we could continue quenching our thirst from the true, living water! I can’t wait to return to Egbe, and present him with his first study bible- because even though I didn’t realize it at the time it was the best gift I ever received!
Thank you Mack, Nina, Ann, Gina, and Mike (my Grandfather, Grandmother, Aunts, and Uncle) for this gift. You gave and continue to give NEW life!