A great water famine threatened the Methodist Girls' School in Hakodate, Japan. The missionary in charge, Miss Dickerson, watched the supply grow less and less. In the early fall months she appealed to the Mission Board in New York City for help. But there was no money on hand, so nothing could be done.

Miss Dickerson took the matter to the Lord in prayer, and then she acted upon the prompting which God gave her. She inquired as to the expense of putting down a deep well, but found that this was too great to be undertaken. On the evening of December 31, when the water was almost exhausted, the teachers and the pupils met in the chapel to pray for water, though they had no idea how their prayer was to be answered.

God answered that prayer in an unusual manner two days later when a letter was received in the New York Mission office which read:

"Philadelphia, January 1. It is six o'clock in the morning of New Year's Day. All the other members of the family are asleep, but I was awakened with a strange impression that someone, somewhere is in need of money which the Lord wants me to supply."

The letter carried an enclosed check for the exact amount of money needed to pay for the well and piping the water into the school buildings. Thus God through a divine prompting answered a missionary's prayer in far-off Japan.


From: ANSWERED PRAYER IN MISSIONARY SERVICE By Basil William Miller, Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, Missouri. First Printing, April 1951 Second Printing, July 1951 Printed in United States of America