The Best of the Story: April 2017
Special Note: The Best of the Story: Miraculous Answers to Prayer (published 1993, reprinted 2001) was written by WGM retiree Burnis H. Bushong. The purpose of the book is to share miraculous answers to prayer experienced by WGM missionaries over the years. We hope these stories inspire you to pray for missions activities around the world. A new story from the book is posted each month.
Scattered Seed Brought An Abundant Harvest
Monthly excerpt from The Best of the Story
By Burnis Bushong, Retiree
“And they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions.” Acts 8:1
As Dennis and Twana Johnson
were serving as houseparents for missionary children at the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center
, they assisted in the planting of a new urban church near the river Pirai in Santa Cruz. Months of hard work went into the project, and all rejoiced in the solid, growing congregation that was established with its own Bolivian pastor. Discipleship was strongly emphasized, and prospects for the future were very encouraging.
However, torrential tropical rains devastated the area, and the river went on a rampage. As Dennis approached the area in the jeep, from a distance he saw only the remains of what had been their place of worship. Not only had the church been reduced to a pile of rubble, but many of the believers’ homes had also been destroyed. He was discouraged, and in his desperation he prayed, “Oh God, we are here to build churches and not to see them destroyed.”
The believers were scattered and had to secure homes in widely separated areas. The discipleship principles they had learned were immediately put into practice, and within a few weeks the dispersed members had started three separate congregations. These congregations in turn helped to create others. The people who gathered in the newly established churches would not have begun to fit into the building that had been destroyed by the flood. The scattered seed produced an abundant harvest.
God has a way of bringing triumph out of tragedy.