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Late…But Not To Late

When I write about Dono-Manga, Chad I write a lot about the kids. Kids touch my heart. But there is another side to our work in Dono-Manga that involves the older generation. Many people from this remote area have never heard the Good News about Jesus. They don’t even know His name.

These folks have lived their lives getting by one day at a time. Their only plan for the future was to make it one more day. They have lived with hardship; they have lost children and loved ones. They have been close to death on more than one occasion, but have survived. Now they are old. Their faces speak of the long road they have traveled. Life has made them skeptical. They are filled with questions and superstitions, but when Christ is lifted up He draws even these to Himself.

Thirteen ministers are now sharing the Gospel in Dono-Manga on a daily basis. Many of those who are responding to the Gospel are nearing the end of their lives here on earth. How thrilling it is to see those with only a short time left come to Jesus and receive hope beyond the grave; a hope more wonderful than they can begin to comprehend. While we are excited to see our orphans and the other children of Dono-Manga learning about Jesus, we are equally as thrilled to see this older generation coming to Christ as well.

Untold millions remain untold. The great commission given by Jesus is just as urgent as ever. Thank you for partnering with us in bringing both young and old to a saving knowledge of Jesus.


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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NIGERIA, ESPECIALLY THE CITY OF MADUGURI

A radical Islamic group called Boko Haram (which means Western Education is sin) continues its terrorist attacks throughout Northern Nigeria, especially in the city of Maiduguri. Hope Springs has worked with the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ for a number of years and has supported a small farm here that serves as an oasis of the Love of Christ to this city of over 2 million souls. We received the follow report this morning from Rambi Ayala concern the continued violence.

“The security situation in Maiduguri has grown much worse with bombings becoming a daily occurrence. When I spoke a while ago with one of the Shepherds at the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ, the wife of Dr. Eni, who is currently on his Sabbatical and the youth leader for the Wulari church they all confirmed the worrisome media reports coming out of Maiduguri.

At the time of writing this letter two bombs were reported to have exploded today. Yesterday the University in Maiduguri had to be close down due to security concerns. The Wulari church, that had over 170 members in attendance on July 3, recorded just about 70 this past Sunday. The preacher and his family had to be moved to my father in-law’s house in Shagari lowcost which is considered a relatively safe area because of its proximity to the military barracks and most of the people that live there are ex-military officers. There has been a mass exodus of people from Maiduguri to other parts of the country.

This is not to say that other parts of the North is any better. There were bomb attacks on two churches in Suleja and Madalla very close to Abuja with some casualties. These are trying times for Nigeria. The Chief of Army staff described it as a “passing phase” in the security situation. For us Christians what can we say other than to console ourselves with the words of Christ, “And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” (Luke 12:4)

Please urge brethren there to be on bended knees for Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria and indeed the entire country for God’s intervention.”

Rambi

Please join us in pray for this city filled will peace loving Muslims who themselves have been attacked by this radical sect. Please pray for our fellow Christians who most often are the targets of this unprovoked violence.


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A DIFFERENT KIND OF POVERTY

In Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty is not the result of laziness or unwillingness to work. It is poverty without the knowledge, means or opportunity to make lasting change.

I can’t tell you the number of times someone has told me, “We have plenty of needy people right here in our country.” The implication is, if I have to choose between the poor here and the poor there, I choose here.  Let’s talk about poverty for a moment. I will use a comparison between the U.S and the Nation of Chad, where we do a majority of our work right now. The following information if from the CIA website.

INDUSTRY

 United States: Farming, forestry, and fishing: 0.7%
Manufacturing, extraction, transportation, and crafts: 20.3%
Managerial, professional, and technical: 37.3%
Sales and office: 24.2%
Other services: 17.6%
  Chad agriculture: 80% subsistence farming, herding, and fishing (Defined: farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing).
Industry and services: 20% (2006 est.)

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE

                                United States 12%  Chad 80%

So what is my point? In every city in America there are newspapers filled with help wanted ads. In nations like chad there is not even a newspaper outside the capitol city. To add insult to injury the growing season for farming is roughly 4 to 5 months. For 7 to 8 months there is NO rainfall in a country where 80% depend on farming to live.

Add to this the lack of clean drinking water, no medical care, or opportunities for education all of which results in a life expectancy of about 50 years of age. This average is so low because of a number of factors not the least of which is a death rate of children below the age of 5 at near 50%.

When a person wakes up to a new day in Chad the goal is not to find a job, it is survival. How will I live today? Tomorrow, next week or next month is not on the radar. Survival today is the only concern.

Hope Springs International is about bringing lasting and sustainable change to countries like Chad.  The combination of new wells, training in dry season farming, food preservation and raising small animals for food, followed by providing basic medications at an affordable price enables people to stand on their own two feet.

It is an often quoted statement, which is still filled with truth. “You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a life time.” Your support of Hope Springs International is more than a gift; it is an investment that will bring change today and tomorrow.  Your gifts will effect generations to come.