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Have a heart for a child…

DM Valentine netsThe Chadian Government has launched a campaign to prevent childhood deaths from Malaria. They have issued a matching challenge to our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. They will provide 300 mosquito nets if we will do the same. That means that a $10 mosquito net will actually be a net cost of only $5. That is a bargain anywhere in the world. Here is how you can help:

1. Donate yourself at our Website: www.hopespringsint.com Or click the Shop now button above. Donation by checks to Hope Springs Intl. 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

2. Share this post on your Facebook wall. If everyone will share hundreds of others will learn of this great opportunity to save a child’s life.

If you would like to learn more about this disease and its prevention check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQjZI6AkUq8

Here is the goal $10 X 300 by February 14th. Will you help us meet this challenge? We will keep you posted so check back often!

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Seeing the heart of Jesus in a child.

1001682_10151796304653156_192419833_nOne of the joys of the season is getting to spend special time with family and friends. We were blessed this past Friday evening to have dinner with Brad and Jennifer Blake and their four children. The Blakes are former long term missionaries to Nigeria. Three of the Blake’s four children were born in Nigeria, and Brad is the only American that I know that speaks the Hausa language fluently. Hausa is the local language of northern Nigeria.

 
As we were talking after dinner 9 year old Musa, (the Blake’s third child in birth order, and yes Musa is a Nigerian name), came to his dad with a very sad look on his face. Musa had brought an envelope with him with $20.00 in it, and he was telling his dad that he had lost it. Brad and Musa retraced his steps, but the lost envelope was no were to be found. His mom Jennifer sensing how disappointed he was opened her

The Blake Family

The Blake Family

purse and counted out $20.00 and gave to him.

 
As I watched these events unfold I was thinking to myself, the $20.00 must have been some of his Christmas money or something he had saved to buy something special that he wanted. I was so surprised and touched to the heart when he walked around the table to where I was seated and handed me the money. He wanted half of the money to go to the kids at the orphanage and half to our medical clinic both of which are in Chad. My heart melted and all I could think was Praise God!

 
Jennifer told us that Musa has always had a heart for, and a desire to help the less fortunate. She said that he will often put together small care packages in small plastic bags, with things like toiletries and snacks. While they are out and about if they see a homeless person he will ask his mom to stop so he can give them one of the packs.

 
Musa is only nine years old. His heart speaks volumes about his mom and dad. But it also forecasts the future. Can you imagine what God can and no doubt will do with someone so committed to the things that HE is committed to.

 
Many things have touched my heart in the years that I have worked with Hope Springs International, but those that touch me the most are the kids who give out of a concern for other kids and those in need. We have had a number of children donate their birthdays and ask that money be given to Hope Springs instead of gifts for themselves. Sometimes the things we experience in life cause us to become calloused and hardened and as adults we lose that childlike heart. Then a child like Musa comes along and right before our eyes we remember. We remember when we cared like that too.

 
Thank you Musa for reminding us how Jesus responded to the needs of others He met. Thank you for reminding us that we used to be that way too, and maybe, just maybe, we could be that way again.


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Village of Landongor Lawampe to receive a well.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

The village of Ladongor Lawampe’s only source of drinking water is pictured on the left. When Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, visited this village with the news that they would soon have a well, the people could not believe after so long a time their suffering was about to come to an end.

 
Rambi reported, “Sadly on my visit Saturday a child passed away while IMG_20140705_153018I was there due to complications from unclean water and treatable childhood ailments.” This serves as a reminder of why what we do is so important, and serves as well as motivation for trying to do even more.

 

 

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

Children are especially susceptible to disease under the age of 5 because their immune systems are not fully developed. Clean water is life, especially to these little ones.

 
I just learned this morning (7.7.14) that the well drilling for Ladongor Lawampe will begin tomorrow. This well was made possible by one of our most loyal supporters. I wrote a blog about Michael a few weeks ago. I hope you will read it and realize how important one person can be in changing the lives of thousands.

 
This is our 7th well in Gombe State, Nigeria. We have funds on hand for number 8

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

that will be drill soon after this well. How would you like to provide or help provide the ninth well? Through a special arrangement with a local drilling company we are able to provide a well for only $3,000.00 or half the normal price. Could you give $300 and find 9 other friends or co-worker who could follow your example? Could you give $100 and find 29 other friends or co-workers to give $100. When you break down the numbers it is amazing what one person and a bunch of friends can do to bring lasting change to hundreds and hundreds of lives.

 

Won’t you join us? Contact us if you need ideas. Click here to donate!

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I Cannot Get My Mind Around These Numbers!

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers DON’T include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers…
I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot get my mind around these numbers. But you and I can change that number by one or two. For only $50 per month you can feed, clothe, educated and teach life sustaining skills to one child.
That won’t solve the world wide problem, but it will be a solution for one child. We still have 15 opportunities for someone to change a life and give them hope. Will you choose one and make that difference in

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

their life?

Medical care is readily available at our Jordan Health Center which is only 30 yards from the orphanage compound. All children attend our school which is located within the the orphanage compound. The children are learning French (Major language of Chad), English and the Bible among other subjects.

Sponsorship is easy. Pick a child. Drop us an email with the child’s name to: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. Your donations can be made each month or you may set up a monthly debit by Check or Debit/Credit Card at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com. Just click the donate button and you will be taken to the donation site. Full sponsorship of a child is $50.00 per month or half sponsorship for $25.00 per month.

Sponsor a child yourself or get a group from you work place to do this together. This is a great project for a bible class or a family. This small amount will make all the difference to one child.

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WHEN DESIRE AND OPPORTUNITY MEET

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal rides her bike 15 miles one way on dirt foot paths through the bush to and from school every day. Most girls her age would spend their days walking miles to fetch water for their family. Many her age would have already been given in marriage by her parents to some man willing to come up with her dowry. But there is an important back story to why Cecilia is receiving an education and dreams of becoming a nurse one day.

When Hope Springs first heard of Dono-Manga, Chad it was through a cry for help. Out-of-service wells and contaminated water sources had resulted in the death of 300 people in a 6 months period of time. The majority of deaths were children under the age of 5. Funerals and the sound of mourners were heard on a daily basis.

Over the months that followed the funerals virtually stop. Hope Springs and

Well on compound grounds.

Well on compound grounds.

its partners would repair 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells. There were now enough wells that the daily activities of children no longer centered on walking miles for contaminated water. Wells with clean safe potable water were close by and easily accessible to all.

About the time these wells came online a school was started at our orphanage compound. Today that school has grown to an enrolment of almost 700 students in four primary grades. Cecilia was one of the first to enroll. Today she can read and write in French and English. She is also excited at the prospects of a new High School planned in the near future that will enable her to continue her education.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala recently spoke with Cecilia. Rambi said, “She expresses the audacity of hope that is reverberating among the school children of Dono-Manga”. He continues, “Cecilia looks forward to her graduation next year to enable her to proceed to high school. When I asked her how she feels coming this far she said, “I am thankful to God and Hope Springs who provided us with the opportunity to go to school, and I look forward to serving my community as a nurse.”

Cecilia is just one of the hundreds of lives that have been changed forever because of those who partner with us at Hope Springs. If you would like to join us in changing lives you can donate at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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A frantic cry for help!

???????????????????????????????The wailing cries of a frantic mother holding a child with convulsions and an extremely high fever interrupted worship on Sunday the 16th of February in Dono-Manga. Eloi, our resident nurse, rushed the mother and child to the Jordan Health Center next door and began treatment.  

Everyone initially breathed a sigh of relief that the Health Center was so close. The convulsions and fever were brought under control, but it would not be enough to save this 5 year old little girl named Pandjelta. Monday morning would begin with the news that the Pandjelta had died, and a funeral

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

and burial would follow that afternoon.

We would learn later that the parents had been treating Pandjelta with a common local home remedy of herbs mixed with alcohol for two days until they saw the situation was out of hand and ran seeking help at the Jordan Health Center. Had these parents brought Pandjelta to the Center first, she could have been easily treated, like hundreds of others, and would have in all likelihood recovered.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Superstitions and home remedies are hard to overcome in these remote areas of Chad. Until our health center was build the people of Dono-Manga had no other option. But it is such a different story today. In the last 10 months of 2013:

·       2619 people were treated at JHC.

·       Of that number 1156 were children.

·       Another 120 children were born there.

·       And 729 received their vaccinations.

I can assure you that without the Jordan Health Center many of these people, especially among the children, would have died needlessly of easily treatable diseases.

The Jordan Health Center is just one of the many works your donations make possible. As you can see from the above figures your gifts are bringing lasting change to one child at a time.

Stay tuned, more important news is coming your way over the next few days!


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Magic Kingdom – Tragic Kingdom

walt-disney-worldIn his latest book, “Unfinished…Believing is only the beginning”, Richard Stearns of World Vision asks an interesting question. “What would people be like if they had been born and raised inside the Magic Kingdom park (Walt Disney World), and had never seen the outside world? Since our worldviews are shaped by our contexts, imagine what a distorted worldview they would have.” Pg. 41BbgqfkgNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_46.

In the rest of this chapter of Stearns’ book he develops the contrast between the blessings we have here in the USA, our own “Magic Kingdom”, as compared to living in what he calls the “Tragic Kingdom” and life in one of the developing (Third World) nations. He speaks at some length describing the Magic Kingdom’s many blessings and conveniences that are available, things that we take for granted, and have come to “expect” because they have always been a part of our lives.

Stearns then turns his attention to the realities of the “Tragic Kingdom”. His list is real and tragic:

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

  • One billion are chronically short of food.
  • Two billion children under weight.
  • 783 million have no access to clean water at all.
  • Add to this the plight of wars, refugees, and 18 million orphaned children.

He then asked the question, “Are you feeling the heaviness yet? I am not done”.     

  • One third of the world lives on less than $2 per day.
  •  Three quarters live on less than $10 a day.

He closes this comparison of the kingdoms with this paragraph. “And, finally, the most terrible statistic of all: “nineteen thousand children under the age of five die every single day of largely preventable causes simply because they are poor. That’s almost 8 million children every year, one every four seconds. This is something God sees every moment of every day. Is this what you see”?

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Most of us here in the US cannot wrap our minds around such statistics. A young man made a comment on our Hope Springs Facebook site recently. He said, “Quit sending all that money over there to help those people when we have so many that need help right here!” His comment struck a raw nerve and my first reaction was anger. But as I reflected on what he said I realized that that is the normal response of so many who have been raised all their lives in the “Magic Kingdom”. The worst conditions they have seen in the “Magic Kingdom” would be a dream come true for many who live daily in the “Tragic Kingdom.”

As 2013 draws to a close all of us at Hope Springs are so thankful for each of you who have seen what we see and made a decision to help us bring lasting change to the lives of so many people. Here is what your gifts have made possible in just this year alone.

  • The Jordan Health Center addition will be under roof in the next month.
  • We conservatively estimate that over 10,000 men, women and children have been treated at JHC.
  • 700+ children are now enrolled in Primary Grades 1-4 in a school without a permanent building, staffed by volunteer teachers, that has just been rated “Best in the Region”.
  • By the end of November over 140,000 people will have access to clean water in Gombe State, Nigeria.

God’s blessings have been so evident and we are excited about His leading into the future. We will be sharing some wonderful new challenges for 2014 and beyond in the coming weeks. We hope you will not only continue the journey with us, but will help us spread the word!

Why not partner with us for lasting change…one village at a time. Donate Here

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes