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A Surprise Blessing

DSC_0879 (2)I sat down to rest for a moment on a bench under a shade tree just outside the Jordan Health Center. An elderly gentleman sat next to me leaning against the tree making rope out of a pile of string. As he turned and looked at me I knew at once it was Martin Ramadengar. I had never actually met Martin in person, but I had told his story in a blog article written back in May of 2011.

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Martin receiving treatment in May of 2011


“Martin Ramadengar was near death when his family learned of the new dispensary in Dono-Manga, Chad 20 miles from their village of Mouassede. Against all odds they made the long journey carrying Martin who was too weak to walk on his own. Pierre Rimorbe, lead evangelist in Dono-Manga, reported that during the next three weeks our nurse Eloi Madjiadoum treated Martin, and he is now able to walk on his own and is getting stronger every day. But the clinic did more than heal his physical body. During his three weeks of treatment he and his family were taught the Gospel of Christ. Martin and five of his family members were just baptized into Christ.”

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Dr. Eni (left) Martin (Center) our nurse Eloi (Right)


In April of the following year our friend Dr. Eni and our Director of Operations for Africa Rambi Ayala visited Dono-Manga and shared a picture of a healthy Martin with a big smile on his face. At that time he had decided he was going to stay in Dono-Manga and not return to his home village.

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Martin making rope out of a pile of string.


Our visit came three years later and Martin is still in Dono-Manga. Martin is just one of the hundreds and hundreds of people who are alive and well because caring hearts were willing to give to make the Jordan Health Center a reality. If you would like to support this work click here to make your donaton.

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GREAT NEWS! It’s too good to be called good news.

great newsOn Monday one of our board member couples gave me a check for $10,000.00. This couple told me earlier, “We need to get this Health Center addition finished.” Now with their generous gift we have the funds to do just that. Praise God!

I am privileged to work with a great board of directors. Each of them brings special talents to the table. All of them have a deep love for the lost and a missional mindset. Just as God has directed and blessed this work from its beginning, He continues to bless us with key couples and individuals to serve on our board. A little over a year ago two other of our board members hosted a fund raiser that brought in the $8,000.00 needed to get this project started.

We are also deeply grateful to others who have given to this project as well. Working together God is causing His plan to unfold for this very remote area of Southern Chad. We are so blessed to be able to work with HIM.

Jordan Health Center has given us the opportunity to show the love of Christ to thousands since it opened some JHCAthree years ago. The message of Christ is shared with all who come for treatment. There is no way to know how many lives have been saved, but more importantly many have come to Christ and new churches have been established. People can no longer say they have never heard the name of Jesus.

Stay tuned for updated reports on the construction progress and other exciting new developments on the horizon. We serve a big God. As Perry Nobel said recently, “May we not be found guilty of “safe,” small and manageable thinking when God is able to do immeasurably more!”

If you would like to partner with us you may donate at: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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Reasons to be encouraged!

JHCAMy last post was filled with sadness at the death of 5 year old Pandjelta. But when you have never had access to modern medicine you do what you have been taught to do. Superstition and ancient remedies rule the day in this remote area. So our work is not only to treat the sick, but to educate as well.

While there is sadness at this loss of this child there is great reason to rejoice as well. We just received a report about the Jordan Health Center, from our Director of Operations for Africa, Rambi Ayala, which is so encouraging.

“It is so gratifying to note what remarkable progress is being made at the Jordan Health Center. During a recent visit by a panel of inspectors from the Federal Ministry of Health, JHC was given an A rating for centers in the same category. The panel said JHC is growing fast and has the prospect in the future of being made a General Hospital.

Commendation was also given to Hope Springs for the initiative to come to the aid of the rural people in critical

New supply of medications being inventoried.

New supply of medications being inventoried.

need of medical care.  When one realizes how difficult it is to get to Dono-Manga you realize what a blessing JHC really is to this area.  It is for this reason that the government swiftly pledged its readiness to periodically assist in supplying drugs at a 50% discounted price. They lauded the ongoing project of new building at the center which they said meets the required standard.”

Below is a record of the patients that were treated over a 10 month period in 2013.

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It is hard to believe that this many people are being treated presently in a building no larger than a one car garage. All the more reason for our excitement as our new addition nears competition. This two ward 8 bed facility will be such a blessing.

Those coming for treatment are encouraged to pay at a greatly reduced cost. These funds are used to replenish our drug supplies. But from time to time we do have a need to provide additional funds to restock our drug supply because no one is ever turned away. The children at our orphanage and school (close to 700) are all treated as needed at no charge.

Your donations to Hope Springs International supply us with the funds to be sure that we always have needed medications on hand. Will you join us in bringing lasting change to one child, mother, and father at a time? You can donate here: www.hopespringsint.com or by check to Hope Springs Int’l, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075


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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


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A Lot On My Mind

JHC-Centennial ContrastI had my 4th heart catheterization two weeks ago. As they wheeled me down the hall to the Cath. Lab my thoughts were not on the procedure about to take place, but our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. I don’t mean to sound flippant about the heart cath. It’s always critical and risky when someone goes poking around your heart. My thoughts were about the quality of care available to me as compared to that in developing nations like Chad. In reality there is no comparison.

I am thankful for hospitals like Centennial and their professional personnel. I am also so thankful for the Jordan Health Center. This small health center was built a little over two years ago. It’s a small building not much larger than a one car garage. It’s nothing in comparison to the state of the art facility I was in for my procedure. But from the time JHC opened its doors until now thousands of men, women and children that have come for treatment, and there is no way to know how many hundreds of lives have been saved.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

People come from miles around for treatment. Some walk, others are brought in Ox carts. One man, near death, was carried by his family on a homemade stretcher from their village 20 miles away.

In February of this year we began construction on a 1600 sq. ft. addition to the Jordan Health Center. This expansion is so desperately needed to handle the ever increasing flow of patients. The new facility will contain an office, an exam room and two wards with 4 beds each. What a blessing this addition will be. People will no longer have to lie on the floor during treatment. Consultation and treatment areas will be a clean, sanitary and private.

Walls are going up quickly!

Walls are going up quickly!

In February when we began construction it was a step of faith. The foundation is now complete and the walls are up. We need an additional $11,000 to complete the building, $7,000 to complete construction and 4,000.00 for interior work and furnishings.  Total construction cost will be under $20,000. That is a bargain at less than $12 a sq. ft.

It’s urgent that we finish this project before the rainy season. Heavy, unrelenting rains begin in early June. They peak in August and begin to taper off by the end of September. There are heavy rains most every day during the peak period. Without a roof and exterior stucco to protect the walls the rain could cause significant damage to whatPrecipitation in Dono Manga  Chad has been accomplished so far.

Will you consider making a sacrificial donation to help us finish this critically needed addition? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, your gift will save lives!

Donating is simple. Go to our website and click on the Donate Button at the home page. Debit and Credit Cards are welcomed. Or if you prefer simply mail your check to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga. Your gifts not only bring physical healing, but spiritual healing as well.

photo(2)aLee Hodges, President


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Jordan Health Center Addition Underway…$12,000.00 Needed To Complete This Project

Will You Help Us Complete This Critical Addition To The Jordan Health Center?

You may send you donations to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or make your donations on line at http://www.hopespringsint.com

Your gifts well help us continue to treat hundreds of people per month!

Floor Plan for addition to Jordan Health Center

Floor Plan for addition to Jordan Health Center

Health Center Staff

Health Center Staff

Walls are going up quickly!

Walls are going up quickly!


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Doubling the Blessing

???????????????????????????????Have you ever ordered yourself a meal and then found out you got a free dessert? How about receiving a gift you expected and then upon opening it discovered that the giver packed a little something else just to surprise you? It’s a wonderful feeling to be blessed more than you believed.

Hope Spring International is sending a blessing down to Dono-Manga, Chad in the form of a portable well drilling machine and a generator. This alone is more than a blessing to the people so desperate for clean water, but we have a chance to double that blessing in a unique way. Isn’t it wonderful when we see an opportunity that allows us to show the love, generosity and understanding of a people of Christ from across the ocean?

A shipping container containing this portable well drilling machine and generator will be on its way soon, but there is plenty of room left in this container for more blessings.

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

New rig has been tested and ready to ship!

The school children in Dono-Manga, Chad are learning English and what if they were standing by the adults unpacking this equipment and saw loads of Children’s books, writing tablets, chalk, pens, pencils and other school supplies? How big do you think those children’s smiles would be to receive gifts?

Although this is easily accomplished by single contributions, Hope Springs International would like to issue a challenge to double the blessing to our communities, schools, churches and other groups who feel led to help us fill the empty spaces of the container with gifts of love.

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Just a part of the 600+ kids in our school in Dono-Manga

Will you accept this challenge of a double blessing opportunity?

Meet with your groups and issue our call to action and let’s see if together we can fill these empty spaces and leave no room. If you would like to collect funds to apply to the purchase of these items, checks can be made to “Hope Springs International” and add “Double the Blessing” to the “For” line, then mail to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. You may also visit our website to donate through PayPal.: www.hopespringsint.com. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate and will be given the opportunity to specify how you would like us to apply your donation. All donations will be used for the purpose you designate.

Our “double the blessing” list is as follows and needs to be collected by March 22, 2013:

  • French New Testaments ($1 each or a case of 48 for $50)
  • Children’s Books in English (new or used)
  • School Supplies (chalk, pen, pencils, writing tablets, etc.)

Collected supplies may be mailed to our address above. If you live in the greater Nashville area we will make arrangements to pick up your donations if the size is too large to ship. Call 615.390.2134 for more information.

by Alycia Neighbors

by Alycia Neighbors