Miracles in the Middle of Nowhere
This week, Maranatha’s crew in Kenya travels to “the middle of nowhere” to drill water wells for the Daasanach tribe. This place, called Ileret, is very far from modern civilization, so the team had to pack everything they’d need for a 30-day expedition into the bush. Once they completed the five day drive to Ileret, they would work to find water in a village named Elbogosh, home to 14-year old Nakuleya. Every day, Nakuleya walks 1.3 miles round trip to collect water in a deep hole of a dry riverbed. Some days though, she has to make the trip five times, for a total of 6.5 miles. Well-drilling experts used advanced methods of reporting, like fracture trace analysis, and determined there likely wouldn’t be any water at Elbogosh. But Maranatha’s crew decided to drill despite the discouraging report, in hopes of finding something for the people here. Your kids will watch God work two miracles at Elbogosh, and see how they can always trust God, no matter the odds.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- Have you ever been in “the middle of nowhere?” What does “the middle of nowhere” look like in your mind?
In today’s video, Maranatha’s crew drills for water in the middle of nowhere, hoping for a miracle in a bleak situation.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Maranatha’s crew knew it was unlikely they’d find water at Elbogosh. Why did they drill anyway?
- If the crew expected to find water, would they have still thought it was a miracle? Why or why not?
- What are some situations in your life where God may have been working behind the scenes, but you didn’t realize it?
- Are you dealing with any problems that seem impossible to fix? How can you trust God to help you through those problems?
- Help us to trust Your plan for us in all situations.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- Maranatha’s president, Don Noble, mentioned a story in the Bible where God turned salty water into sweet. He was referring to a story in Exodus 15 where the Israelites encountered bitter water in the wilderness of Shur.