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“70 year old grandmother cares for 12 children in a one room hut.”

“Another minister just received a request for assistance from a widow that has just inherited 6 children due to the death of their parents.” These are just two of the stories Pierre Rimorbe shared in his recent report from Dono-Manga, Chad.

Our recently completed orphanage presently houses 41 orphans, but Pierre shares that there are over 100 orphans in the Dono-Manga District. AIDS, a long war with neighboring nations, malnutrition, cholera and other untreated diseases have caused the present crisis of children who roam the streets looking for a hand out to make it another day.

When parents die other family members try to help, but they have so little for their own families they often turn them away. Others, like the 70 year old grandmother mentioned above, try to stretch what little they have and in the process place their own lives at risk.

Children without parents in Dono-Manga are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. Children of parents who have died of AIDS are often considered outcasts and not

Meal time

allowed to play with other children. Losing your parents is often compounded by the loss of the child’s birthright to their parent’s property. The end result is they become “street children”, begging for their very existence. Many young girls turn to prostitution to survive.

Money came in quickly to build our orphanage, but finding sponsorship for our 41 orphans has been much more of a challenge. Presently we have seven ladies who signed up to sponsor or help sponsor one of our children. (I have nick named them the “Magnificent Seven’). Their monthly donations have been used to feed all 41 children three small meals per day. These funds have recently been stretched to include 15 additional orphans who sleep outside the orphanage and receive one meal per day. These 15 ask to be allowed to stay not just for the food, but for an opportunity to attend the school whose temporary classrooms are on the orphanage grounds.

Children in front of completed Orphanage

We have such a tremendous opportunity to be Jesus to these kids. James, the half-brother of Jesus who knew Him so well said, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27 NLT.

Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, asked a sobering question in his book, “The Hole in our Gospel”. “Does God have different levels of compassion for children based on their geographic location, their nationality, their race-or their parents’ income level? Does He forget their pain because He is preoccupied with other things? Does He turn the offending page to read the sports section or is His heart broken because each child is precious to Him? Every one of these children is His child – not somebody else’s.”

Each of these children has a name, a personality, and each is known and loved by God. We are committed to helping these 62 children. Their names are listed below. You may fully sponsor a child for $100 per month or partial sponsorship for $35 per month. All funds donated until we have full sponsorship for all children will be used to feed and clothe all the children to the extent that funds allow.

Are there places in our world with greater need? I am sure there are, but not many. Are there places easier to reach places to meet people’s need? I am confident there are. But you see this is a need that we have seen with our own eyes and that has touched our hearts. We have seen their tears, their smiles and that look of hopelessness in their eyes. We held these children and we told them we would find a way to help. Will you join us? Donations may be mailed to HSI, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or you may donate at our Website through PayPal: www.hopespringsint.com.

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JORDAN HEALTH CENTER UPDATE

The recent heavy flooding in southern Chad has caused our patient flow to go from 1000 people every 4 to 6 weeks to over 250 per day. I have been asked more than once, “How can you treat that many people in the course of a day?” People’s needs are being met by one fulltime nurse, (we do not have a doctor), and one fulltime assistant. Four volunteers have been taught to give immunizations and dispense medications under the watchful eye of our nurse Eloi. Three ladies from the community that have served as midwives in the past have also volunteered their services.

But the short answer is simply these Christians see their work as service to God. They also know without the Jordan Health Center hundreds of these people, the majority of them children, would just die.

As Americans we often complain of our “health care crises” in this country. If I may be so bold, we don’t have a clue when it comes to this kind of health care crises. With all of our problems we are still the most blessed nation on the face of the earth.

While the population of the Dono-Manga District is about 126,000 the main area we serve has a population of approximately 55,000 people living in 5 villages. Our orphanage and temporary school classrooms are on the same 14 acre parcel of land where the Health Center is located. Because of its location we are able to provide immediate access to health care for over 500 children.

We are planning to build a 45’ X 35’ addition to the present building. It will have two wards with 4 beds each. (Right now patients are being treated on grass mats on the ground). This new addition will provide a clean safe place for women to give birth and a controlled environment to treat many other serious illnesses. The cost for this addition is only $20,000. That is less than $13.00 a square foot.

Will you partner with us to make this new addition a reality? You may donate online at our web site through PayPal : www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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HOPE SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL MOURNS THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS ORIGINAL BOARD MEMBERS

Barry E. Becker, was born on May 13, 1943 and entered into eternal life on October 14, 2012 at the age of 69, He was the son of the late Thomas L. and Carrie (Riley) Becker. Barry was the devoted husband of Darlene M. (Nace) Becker, to whom he was married for 50 years. Barry was a 1961 graduate of South Western High School and a graduate of the International School of Evangelism. Barry served as a faithful minister of the Gospel of Christ for 35 years with the church of Christ.

While Barry will be greatly missed, we rejoice that he has gained that for which he lived.


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Recent flooding brings hardship, death and challenges for our Jordan Health Center

Most of us have probably seen a movie, television show or photograph of medical needs being provided in dire circumstances with little to no adequate medical equipment, facilities or staffing. Most of us also have the ability that when the slightest medical need arises for us, we can drive to a medical facility and be seen fairly quickly with the latest technology and methods.

However, the first scenario that we have seen, but never had to experience is a reality for many. We also have the unique opportunity to change this reality for the 1000s that come monthly to The Jordan Health Center.

Although the two person staff is accustomed to the volume that The Jordan Health Center normally receives, an increase of patients due to an unusually heavy rainy season in August and September that caused major flooding has caused severely dehydrated and exhausted patients to travel to The Jordan Health Center desperate for treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.

These treatable illnesses have been caused by drinking water from over 700 contaminated wells from the hardest hit areas of the serious flooding throughout Southern Chad. In addition to the medical needs of the people, 70,000 are now homeless and around 150,000 have been affected by thousands of acres of crops and next year’s crop seeds being washed away. Many of the people coming to The Jordan Health Center are from these areas East of Dono-Manga where two major rivers come together near the city of Sarh. These swollen rivers merged into one torrent of water that caused the contamination of the wells and destruction of crops.

Of the desperate people who have traveled for medical attention, 6 people have died. Among them was Nombrengar Philip, who arrived too weak to be saved. Although hundreds are being treated for Malaria and the government declared a Cholera epidemic on September 3rd that will eventually bring many others for treatment; the loss of just one is preventable in our hands. We have the opportunity to make the life of Nombrengar Philip not just a casualty of circumstance, but the pinnacle of our ministry both medically and spiritually.

These events point out the importance of getting our proposed health center expansion underway as soon as possible. This new addition will have two wards with four beds each for treating pregnant women and the critically ill. This 45’ X 35’ facility will cost only $20,000 to build and furnish with basic supplies. What a blessing this addition would be for our small staff as they deal with what must seem like overwhelming numbers of people coming day after day for treatment.

In the midst of this tragedy God granted us a major blessing. Our Jordan Health Center has been under the watchful eye of the Chadian Government. Our ongoing performance during this state of emergency has resulted in a special ceremony being held to

Floor Plan for addition to Jordan Health Center

award the Jordan Health Center with its full accreditation as a Health Center by the Chadian Government.

Hundreds of lives are being saved and God is receiving the glory through many of you who make our work possible. If you have never supported Hope Springs would you consider doing so? Will you help us build this desperately needed addition to the Jordan Health Center?

Donations may be made via PayPal at our website: www.hopespringsint.com, or by mailing your check to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. If you have questions or need additional information you may also email us at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com.

We hope you will join us in bringing lasting change to a hurting world, one village at a time.

by Alycia Neighbors