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Muslim Village Receives A Well

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Our most recent well was drilled in the village of Jauro-Malam in Gombe State, Nigeria. Jaura-Malam is a Muslim village. It was our intention from the beginning of this program to reach out to the people who had the greatest need regardless of their religious or political background. Gombe State has had a reputation for many years of being a state where all people could live in peace and harmony regardless of their religious or political heritage. This was a major factor in our choosing this area as a base for our operations.

The expressions of thanksgiving and appreciation for this well have been so very heart warming. Rambi, our Director of Operations, sent me the follow note this week.

“The people of Jauro-Malam came to my house and also went to

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

thank the Mai Tangle (Local tribal leader), in his palace. During their visit the people of Jauro-Malam recounted their many years and the bitter experience of living without potable water.  Then all of a sudden and from nowhere Hope Springs appeared and in what looked like a miracle provided them with water. One after the other, the community leaders showered praises and blessings on Hope Springs International for providing this well.”

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

There will be a special dedication service for this well in the next few days. I wish it were possible for you to see and hear these expressions of appreciation in the flesh. These are people who live with virtually nothing and have nothing to give in exchange for such a blessing. You or I could have been born there instead of here, and their circumstances could have been our own.

 Please continue to pray that the Lord of harvest will use these expressions of love to open hearts to hear and learn of HIM.

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“More grease to your elbow.”

Treating a long line of patients happens daily at the Jordan Health Center

Treating a long line of patients happens daily at the Jordan Health Center

“More grease to your elbow”, is a Nigerian expression of encouragement for someone to continue the good work that they are doing. They tell me that if you are British you will better understand this expression. Well we want to wish Eloi Madjiadouim, more grease to your elbow.

Eloi is the Director of the Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga,

Eloi Madjiadoum, JHC Director

Eloi Madjiadoum, JHC Director

Chad. His medical training would make him a close equivalent to a Nurse Practitioner here in the US. Since he joined our work over two years ago he has treated thousands of patients of all ages, the vast majority have been children. Only God knows how many lives have been saved because they received care from Eloi.

Eloi lives a number of miles from the Health Center and makes this journey back and forth by bicycle every day. On occasions he will make an emergency visit to someone in distress in a village some distance from the Center. There are no paved roads, just paths through the marsh grass. Eloi is not as young as he used to be and working very long days, sometimes seeing hundreds of patients in a day’s time is very exhausting in and of itself.

This is a used bike. $650.00

This is a used bike. $650.00

A couple months ago Eloi made a request for a motor bike. We would like to honor his request. There are a couple ways we can do that.

First, maybe someone has a small bike similar to the ones pictured in this article that is in good shape and running well they would like to donate. If we receive the bike before November 15th we will be able to include it in the crate containing our well drilling machine scheduled to leave for Chad shortly after the 15th.

Or you may donate funds to purchase a new or used bike. The pictures in this article are

This a new bike. $900.00

This a new bike. $900.00

typical of new and used bikes that can be purchased in Chad.

This will be such a special gift for a very special servant who shows the love of Christ to hurting people almost every day of his life.

Thanks in advance for considering this need! If you have a bike to donate contact me by email: leehodges45 @ gmail.com (no spaces), or you may donate funds to purchase a bike online at www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Let’s “give more grease” to Eloi’s elbow!


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Hope Springs School Judged Best in the Region

French class. English is taught as well.

French class. English is taught as well.

Exciting news just received from Pierre Rimorbi, project coordinator for Dono-Manga, Chad.

“Good news! School inspectors from Lai the state capital judged our school the best in the region this year after completing their inspection. We have more than 700 children enrolled in the school with eleven teachers and two guardians. The students are divided into ten classrooms.”

This school’s development and growth is an amazing story. A

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes

young man from Dono-Manga named Sebastian, graduated from the Jos School of Biblical Studies and returned home a couple years ago and wanted to start a school. What began with a little over one hundred students has grown beyond our wildest dreams. Children now come from miles around to attend school.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

One of the factors that has enabled such growth was our work to bring clean water to Dono-Manga. Many children were prevented from attending school because they spend their day searching for water. In 2009-2010 Hope Springs rehabilitated 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells providing clean accessible water to over 100,000 people. This has given many children the freedom to be able to attend school.

What is equally remarkable is that this has been done with a

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

mostly volunteer staff of teachers whose classrooms are makeshift thatch huts along the compound wall where our orphanage is located.

But what makes this most remarkable of all is that Dono-Manga is located in the middle of nowhere. This district is 60 miles off of the nearest paved road. When you get to that paved road from a cart path through miles of bush you are still over 100 miles from a city of any size. If you are not familiar with how this work began let me encourage you to take a few minutes and watch a short video of our beginnings. Click here

We will soon share plans for a permanent school building to house this growing school. We believe that through this school we will be able to bring lasting change to much of southern Chad.

If you would like to join us by supporting this journey you can go here to donate. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW TO ENLARGE.

Proposed Building

Proposed Building


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Barry Becker, Board Member and Best Friend: May 13, 1943 – October 14, 2012

Barry and his wife Darlene at their 50th Class Reunion

Barry and his wife Darlene at their 50th Class Reunion

I vividly remember the phone call that Sunday morning one year ago today. “Dad had a heart attack and is on his way to the Hospital”. Then moments later the second call…“ Lee, dad didn’t make it, he died”. We are never prepared for “that” call.

Barry Becker was more than my best friend. He was my son in the faith. I

At International School Evangelism in Pontiac Michigan

At International School Evangelism in Pontiac Michigan

baptized him into Christ. He was my student at International School of Evangelism for two years. He left a promising profession with his wife and four children to move to Michigan on a wing and a prayer to study and prepare to preach. And preach he did. Soon after graduation he would give birth to a new church in his home. Our family would join the work he began a few years later in

Store Front Meeting Place in 1980

Store Front Meeting Place in 1980

August of 1980 and work with the new Hanover Church of Christ. After our family left some 12 years later, Barry would preach for the Hanover church until his sudden death one year ago today. Barry was a great supporter of Hope Springs International (then Arewa Aid Inc.), and was one of our Board Members. He and Darlene visited our work in Nigeria in its infancy. What is know as Hope Springs International today was actually founded by his youngest daughter and son in law Jennifer and Brad Blake.

Over the last year there have been so many times I wanted to pick up the phone,

Barry preaching in Tema, Ghana West Africa.

Barry preaching in Tema, Ghana West Africa.

as I had done in the past, and share a personal struggle or joy. We both had done that for so many years. I miss those conversations so much.

This will be a tough day for Barry’s children. Barry’s wife and their mother Darlene is being cared for in an Alzheimer care facility as they experience the hardest of all anniversaries.  Join me in prayer for Chris Becker, Becky (Shawn) Fleming, Mark (Deena) Becker and Jennifer (Brad) Blake and all the Grand Children as they remember.

One year ago today Barry went to be with Jesus. I would not bring him back for all the money in the world. He has received the promised reward that he lived for all those years I knew him. He was a faithful child of God who led many to Christ until Father called him home. I am so blessed to have known him.

 Miss you brother. See you soon!


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Soccer Balls and a Well – Komta Village Dedicates New Well

2010 meeting with Komta Village leaders.

2010 meeting with Komta Village leaders.

In the fall of 2010 a team from Hope Springs International visited the village of Komta, in Gombe State, Nigeria. We were given a warm welcome by Mr. Dauda Ajoji who is the Ubangharin Komta, a term similar in meaning to Mayor. We were impressed by the number of young people in this village that had come to meet us. Phil Barnes, Board Member, presented Mr. Ajoji a

Board Member Phil Barnes presents Soccer Balls to Mr. Ajoji for the village youth.

Board Member Phil Barnes presents Soccer Balls to Mr. Ajoji for the village youth.

couple of the soccer balls that had been donated and signed by Bible classes at the Madison Church of Christ. Phil gave these to Mr. Ajoji to be given to the young people present.

What a joy to learn of the recent celebration in Komta at the dedication of a new well for this community of 8,000. Rambi, our

Mr. Dauda Ajoji  tells the story of their struggle for clean water.

Mr. Dauda Ajoji tells the story of their struggle for clean water.

Director of Operations reported, “In his message Mr. Ajoji recalled the struggles of his people to get a well for his village, but without success until Hope Springs made it possible. He prayed for God to richly bless the donors and the work of Hope Springs for making this well possible.

One of the oldest members of the village, Baba Dale, couldn’t help

Baba Dale one of the oldest members of Komta tells of spending his life without a well.

Baba Dale one of the oldest members of Komta tells of spending his life without a well.

but leap for joy and danced in spite of his 80+ years. He thrilled those gathered with his dance and his joy because of what has happened to the community which he found unbelievable. He has lived his life without ever having a well from which to draw clean water. Baba and his wife are now worshiping with the Biliri Church where I minister.

The Deputy Director of the National Orientation Agency for Gombe State, Mr. Agur Sankache Amanche was also in attendance. He said, “Service to humanity is the ability to put smiles on the faces of people which Hope Springs has demonstrated.”

Mr Peter Kara, head of the village, also expressed his gratitude to Hope Springs for providing his community with a source of clean water that they have longed for, for years.

Some of the women of the community wrote a song especially for this occasion, as was done by the ladies of the Powishi Mongoro village for their well’s dedication. The song was a simple message full of praise to God for answering their prayers.”

Rambi’s report is a testimony to how one person or a group of people can bring lasting change to thousands of lives.

Question? What if you accepted the challenge to raise $3,000 dollars for a well? What if you talked to other members of your Bible Class, Life Group, Church or co-workers?  It is as simple as finding 30 people who would give $100. 15 to give $200.00.

If you will accept the challenge we will provide you with pictures and information about the people in the village where the well is drilled that you can share with those who made it possible.

I pray that you will consider helping us bring lasting change to one village at a time!