When I was a young child my parents taught me how to pray, and encouraged me to pray whatever was on my heart. I quickly developed a litany that ended every dinner-table and bedtime prayer with:

“And may all the sick people get better.

May all the poor people have food.

May my cousins become Christians.

And may we get a baby sister.”

In 1992, after more than a decade of praying this every single day, God answer both of those last two prayers when my sister Stephanie was born and my cousin Tim came to the Lord. I was 14, and God solidified in me the firm faith that He answers prayer, and is more than willing to do the miraculous.

My heart was continually drawn to Africa in particular, and the plight of the people there, so I continued to pray those first two prayers.  When I got older, I realized that I would not be able to help all the sick people to get better or all the poor people to have food, but I could certainly do my part. Harvest Water Africa is part of the realization of my life-long prayers.

God answers prayer, and He often uses us to be a part of that answer!

Nate Johnstone is the pastor of Lydia House Church in the Twin Cities, MN. He and his wife Sara have 3 wonderful children. He enjoys speaking at churches and conferences, writing, and praying with and encouraging Christian leaders from both the church and the marketplace. He firmly believes a world-wide Great Awakening is imminent, and hopes you will join him in praying for that to become a reality.

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