In May of 2010, God began to seriously deal with Pastor Simon and Co-Pastor Cheryl Collier about starting a Ministry after visiting several area churches within a four-week period. God gave them the name “Living Water Ministry” based on the Scripture (John 7:38) “He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Then God gave them the motto “Come and be Refreshed by God’s Living Water.” As a result of this revelation, Living Water Ministry was founded.
They started the Ministry on the 1st Sunday of June 2010 in their home with their three children which consisted of Sunday School, Prayer Meeting, and Tuesday Night Bible Study. On the 1st Sunday in July of 2010, they added Sunday Morning Worship Service. Along with their family of five, three other people joined them for House Church.
They began doing Outreach Ministry at Joe Pritchard Homes, Canton Estates, and Canton Family Units during summer months. They picked up people in their vehicles for Sunday School, Church Services, and Bible Study. The Word of God was taught, preached, expounded upon, and the Spirit of God would move and the Holy Ghost would fall on the people during the Services right there in their living room. People would get saved, healed, delivered, set free, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Some of them got baptized in Jesus’ name outside the house in the driveway in an aluminum cattle trough.
People would come and go, but everyone that would leave, God would always send a replacement and on occasions, God would send one of the saints by to fellowship and encourage them in the Lord. God told them to “be faithful and do what I’ve called you to do.” He told them to “despise not small beginnings and if you be faithful over a few things I will make you ruler over many.” God is faithful.
The first building located at 628 E. Center Street in Canton was transformed from an old pizza restaurant and an office into a church in September of 2012. The next stop temporarily was a Community room at Pat Daugherty Apartment Complex. The last stop was the building of Living Water Ministry located at 1765 Hwy 22, Canton, MS, 39046.
We are small in number but mighty in the presence and power of our God.
We serve a great big God and He’s doing great big things for Living Water Ministry.
This is the Lord’s doing and it’s marvelous in our eyes. To God be the glory.