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Church believes that God turned salty well water into sweet mineral water
By Dan Wooding

MUAN,  (ANS) -- Many Korean Christians believe that God has turned bitter well water on the grounds of a church in Muan, in the south of the country, from salty well water to sweet mineral water. (Pictured: Wooding with members of the church in front of a monument they have erected to celebrate the water "miracle").

During my visit to Korea, I was taken on the 250 mile road journey from Seoul to the Muan Manmin Church, where members there say that this "miracle" has taken place.

"People have come from throughout the world to see this well and to taste of its water," said Johnny Kim, international director of Manmin Ministries based in Seoul. "We have also seen many people healed after drinking this water or applying it to their sick parts."

The pastor of the church, Pastor Kim Myoung Sool, told me in an interview at his church that overlooks the Yellow Sea, "When we moved into this place, we had a problem with the drinking water. It was salty and we could not drink it. The water was piped into to us but the problem was that during the winter, the pipes would freeze up and none could get through to us.

"Because of this, our church members began to pray for a miracle. They had read in the Old Testament that God used Moses to change the bitter water of Marah to fresh water and so they began to ask God for a similar miracle.

"We also asked the Rev. Dr. Lee Jae-Rock, senior pastor of the Manmin Joong-ang church in Seoul to pray and we had faith that God would change the water.

"He prayed on March 5, 2000 and next day we found that the miracle had happened the water was changed from salty water to sweet water. The miracle at Mara had occurred again and even today the water is fresh."

I was then taken to the well and first of all was given a glass of the salty water from an adjacent well. I couldn't drink it because it was so salty. Then I was given a glass of water from the "miracle" well and that was very drinkable, with just a slight hint of salt in it. (Pictured: Dan Wooding (center) samples the "miracle" water with Johnny Kim (left) and Pastor Kim Myoung Sool).

Rev. Kim said that immediately after the water was changed, his church members would greet each other with the words, "God changed the water."


The pastor then went on to say that that his church members held a thanksgiving service and asked God to confirm the miracle by producing a circular rainbow around the son. "After the service, we went to the top of the hill on our grounds and there was the circular rainbow around the sun. Since then, about ever two days we can see the circular rainbow."

He then showed me video clips of these phenomena.

When asked why he believes that this miracle has happened, he said, "The words in the Bible talks about the bitter water of Marah being changed and so by doing this modern-day miracle, God is confirming that the Bible is true. He is alive and he is working today and is the creator of all mankind as well the sun, the moon, the stars and all of the the heavens God is surely alive and the Bible is true today."

Johnny Kim, who accompanied me to Muan, said that the group had since made an official presentation about the “water changing miracle” at an international conference called “Design and Its Critics” held at the Concordia University, Wisconsin, June 22-24, 2000.

Dan Wooding is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times). Wooding is also a syndicated columnist, and was for ten years a commentator on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. Wooding is the author of some 40 books, one of which is "Blind Faith" which he co-authored with his 93-year-old mother Anne Wooding, who was a pioneer missionary to the blind of Nigeria in the 1930s. Copies of this book are available from the ASSIST USA office at PO Box 2126, Garden Grove, CA 92842-2126. His writings are on the ASSIST Website at:


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