It has been a wonderful year at Hope Springs!
Hope Springs Orphanage continues to provide care for 62 kids. Many of these kids would be begging on the streets for food, abused and taken advantage of were it not for the love of our “magnificent seven” (6 ladies and one gentle man) who provide funds that make their care possible. Present funds are used to feed all the children. We are hopeful that other will join in the sponsorship in 2014 to enable us to do so much more for these kids.
Jordan Health Center continues to provide medical care for
hundreds of men, women and children each month. The staff of eleven men and women, many of them volunteers, have saved many lives and increased the quality of life for thousands. A new addition to the center will open early next year that will have two wards with four beds each which will provide for those who need extended care. The Jordan Health Center has brought us national attention from the Chadian Government who has been very supportive of our efforts.
Hope Springs Primary School has grown to over 700 students in four primary grades. Our school was recently rated first among all schools in the entire state. English, French and Bible among other important subjects are being taught. 26 repaired wells and 35 new wells provided a couple years ago have freed kids to have the time and opportunity for an education. Previously their days were spent walking miles to and from unhealthy water sources providing water for their families.
In 2014 we look forward to getting these students out of the thatch huts they now use for classrooms, into a new school building. Our staff of eight teachers is making an investment in tomorrow as they teach this new generation of children.
We are also so excited about our “New Well Initiative” begun in Gombe State, Nigeria. Six new wells are now providing water for thousands of people in six very large rural villages. The only source of water for these villages before these new wells was pond water that they shared with their animals or old contaminated hand dug wells.
Also, we have received offers of land from tribal leaders in this same area for the development of an agricultural and animal husbandry training farm. We will be seriously considered these offers in 2014 as God provides.
And finally we are so thankful for the addition of five new board members who were added this year. The future looks bright as we follow the direction that God is providing.
We are thankful most of all we are grateful for our supporters, who allow God to use them to make this work possible. May God richly bless you for partnering with us to bring lasting change in the lives of those who so desperately need it.
Happy New Year!
In Christ and for His Glory,