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Heavenly Dew


David Zimmel giving a teaching at a barbecue on the South Side of Indianapolis. Photo credit: Walt Seale.

By Chris Meehan and Sean Connolly

When David Zimmel heard a knock on his door in the middle of the afternoon, he had a pretty good idea who it was—Jimmy, an 11-year-old neighbor boy who often comes over. (David is the head of our Christians in Mission team on the South Side of Indianapolis.)

Jimmy said he wanted a couple of bucks.

David asked, “What for?”

“A Mountain Dew for my mother.”

“I can’t give you money and we don’t have any pop around,” David said. “But you know what? We could pray for some, and God could give it to you. If God wants you to have some pop, he’ll take care of it.”

The two prayed quickly, then they both forgot about it.

The next day, Mary Claire Busk, also a member of the CIM team, called David from the pottery shop where she works. She asked, “Do you want some soda?”

“How much?”

“Lots,” Mary Claire said, “Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper and Diet Pepsi, the good stuff.”

The shop had received a new delivery and wanted to get rid of their older cans. “I brought home cases and cases,” Mary Claire said, “maybe 300 cans.”

“We managed to give half of it away immediately,” says David, “making sure a case of the Mountain Dew went to Jimmy and his mom, and the diet soda to some diabetics we know.”

A few days later, David was visiting Jimmy’s family and wound up talking to Jimmy’s Dad about praying for healing. Jimmy’s Dad had a hard time believing that God could heal someone.

“I brought up that God could even answer prayers for Mountain Dew,” David remembers.

“Yeah,” Jimmy chimed in, “it works for me.”


  1. Stapp says:

    Oh man, that is priceless.... Mt Dew, now endorsed by the Holy Spirit.

  2. Mary Dohrman says:

    What a sweet story. It's incredible how God is interested in the little details of our lives, not just the big stuff. At first I thought it was crazy to pray for soda, but God didn't.

  3. Susan Busk says:

    God meets us right where we are, Mt Dew and all-whatever it takes to draw us to Himself. Praise God! sue
    Nice job, David and Mary Claire : )

  4. Chris Rousselle says:

    God is wonderful. The small stuff, the
    big stuff, the medium stuff and everything in-between. It seems like
    the less you have(material things) the
    more you appreciate God.

  5. Bruce Wansart says:

    If it can rain manna from Heaven--Soda pop is not a problem.

    Thanks Dave for your Holy Spirit insight,and for not giving up.

    Bruce Wansart

  6. Mike Rosener says:

    Wow, Holy Ghost is moving and He is doing stuff.. I am blessed with the work you are doing. It doesn't sound like work, it sounds like fun...

  7. Mary Kay Gleason says:

    A wonderful story! Praise God for the work you are all doing in Indianapolis. He is watching over you, as the rest of us are praying for you.

  8. Maria Elliott says:

    I would like to admit now that I would NOT have thought of praying for that Mt. Dew. I would have tried to figure something else out. The Holy Spirit of God is powerful, only limited by OUR lack of faith or simply lack of asking.

    More of Your Glory, Lord! More of Your Power! More of Your Spirit in us... May we think to put the Lord to the test!

  9. Thomas "Fly" Brophy says:

    The Lord has good taste...Hooray for Heavenly Dew!

  10. Kim & Bruce Doffing says:

    Very good of our God to handle our big and small requests!
    Amazing Love!

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