Streams of Living Water

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By Eunice Herchenroeder

We are currently on furlough from our ministries in Papua New Guinea. A generous gift enabled my husband Mike and me to spend several days in Arizona. I don’t think I could ever tire of seeing barrel cactus, prickly pear, and – especially – the majestic saguaro cactus that is unique to the Sonoran Desert. Yet as I reveled in the beauty of the desert’s varied plants, I was also keenly aware of how very arid this place is. Visible indications of spring and of fresh new life were pretty much absent from this beautiful desert.

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Except in Sabino Canyon. The streambeds there were lush oases teeming with a seemingly endless variety of green plants. In stark contrast to the arid desert, Sabino Canyon exuded life.Web photo - streams in the desert 2

The difference? Water! The continuous living water making its way through the canyon.

I thought a lot about Papua New Guinea while we were in Arizona. The Sonoran Desert is physically dry; Papua New Guinea’s desert is a spiritual one. I saw how living water transformed a small part of the desert; I have also seen how the Living Water transforms lives in this place where God has called us to serve.

I pray for – and work toward – the day when every Papua New Guinean man, woman, and child can hear of this Living Water in the language that speaks most clearly to their hearts and minds. I long for the transformation of the spiritual landscape of this entire nation.

Eunice provides administrative support services and assists in the development of mother-tongue literacy materials for children.

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