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I am getting a serious education…

photo(13)I am getting a serious education on just how much stuff you can get in a 20ft. shipping container! After loading 7 pallets of flip flops (3700+ pair) and 8 large boxes of additional medical supplies from Healing Hands International we STILL have 6 or 7 feet of space to fill. AMAZING!

A big thank you to Dalvin, Missy, and Elija Pirtle, and two of Dalvin’s employees for helping to get this trailer and truck load of supplies into the crate. You guys ROCK!

We have to get this trailer loaded no later than the end of August. If you have ideas, we have space. Drop me a note: leehodges45(at)gmail(dot)com or 615-390-2134.


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Thank You Gabriel!!

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

I love it when kids look at the problems of the world and ask, “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” and then they do! Gabriel Hardin learned of the importance of mosquito nets in the prevention of Malaria and decided to collect money to buy nets.  Gabriel began contacting his friends and family and on Monday presented me an envelope containing $100. That is enough to buy 10 nets and will protect at least 10 children. In many cases one net will protect more than 10 because multiple children can sleep under one net.

There is a great lesson in Gabriel’s story. It is simply this. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something to save lives and alleviate suffering.

Thanks Gabriel for being Jesus to the children of Dono-Manga, Chad.

Thanks GH


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A Lot On My Mind by Lee Hodges

Picture1I had my 4th heart catheterization on the 15th. Of April. 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.35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distace of 21km brought by seven relation in a charriot of Cows to save her (2).JP

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.

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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Precipitation in Dono Manga  ChadIt’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 what has been accomplished so far.

 
Will you make 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


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She Donated Her Birthday

Isabella presents her birthday donations to Board Member Barb Hodges

Isabella presents her birthday donations to Board Member Barb Hodges

Isabella Patterson, daughter of Jason and Danielle Patterson of Hendersonville, TN, decided that she didn’t want the normal gifts for her birthday this year. She wanted her birthday to be a blessing to others. So Isabella requested instead of gifts for her that donations be made to Hope Springs International.  Isabella’s request resulted in a total donation of $600.00!

A big thank you to Isabella’s family and friends for honoring her request and celebrating her birthday in such a special way!

And Isabella, here is a big “thumbs up” thank you from all of our kids in Dono-Manga, Chad for thinking of them on your birthday! You are a blessing!

Children in School (3)


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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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The Flip Flop Saga Continues…

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

It continues to be obvious that God wanted our kids in Dono-Manga to have shoes on their feet. A lady that works for Dollar General Corporation just dropped off 300 pairs of flip flops, brand new, assorted sizes and colors. She was able to purchase the whole lot for $10.00. Yes, you read that right. That works out to be less than 4 cents a pair! And I thought that getting 3500 pair for 20 cents a pair was cheap.

God is good all the time. All the time God is good.photo(2)

If you missed how this story began click here.