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A chance meeting on Facebook

Madaki Elkanah

Madaki Elkanah

Our paths happened to cross on Facebook. That is not so strange until you realize Madaki Elkanah lives in the nation of Niger whose population is 80% Muslim and one of the poorest nations in Africa. Madaki works with a small church in the city of Tere. A small group of people were led to Christ by a missionary from Nigeria who lived here from 2005-2009. The church continued without leadership until Madaki moved to work with them in May of last year. It was about that time that I learned of his work and began to pray for him.

 
When you pray for someone God will often use you to answer your own prayers. Although my prayers for Madaki have continued for over a year it is only in the last couple of months that we have been chatting via Facebook.
Through our chats I learned that World Vision has a small presence in this area and actually has a well drilling machine. The World Vision director for Niger has offered to drill a well for the village where the church meets. The normal cost is $6,000.00 but the director wants to help this small group of believers. He told Madake that if they could raise $2,000.00 to cover the cost of

Some of the members of the church that meets in Tere.

Some of the members of the church that meets in Tere.

the pump, housing and other supplies they will drill the well!
When Madaki forwarded this request to me at Hope Springs, even without having money on hand, I had to say yes. This is too great an opportunity to pass up. But when I say without money on hand that is the reality. On Friday of last week we drained our well drilling funds to zero to provide two new wells for villages in Gombe State, Nigeria. So I need your help ASAP to secure the funds to make this well a reality. Here is what a well will do for this small band of Christians and other villagers:

 

  • Provide clean, safe drinking water. (Prevent many diseases, worm infestations.)
  • Provide water for food production. (A severe drought is causing increasing hunger across the Eastern Sahel in West Africa, affecting 10 million people in four countries. Niger has been hit the hardest.)
  • Provide water for good hygiene and prevent the spread of disease.
  • But most important of all, it will be a tangible expression of the love that Christ has for them.

 

Help us bring lasting change to Tere, Niger! Give here: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at: Hope Springs Intl., 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Fertile soil, but with out water nothing grows! Water is life!

Fertile soil, but with out water nothing grows! Water is life!

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A Goal To Bring Lasting Change…We are making progress!

water15aPreventable Disease By the Numbers

1.5 million kids die annually from diseases that are easily preventable through routine vaccinations. (World Health Organization)

1 million people die of malaria each year. (Compassion.com)

30,000 people die weekly from illnesses caused by unclean drinking water. 90 percent of these deaths are children. (Charity Water)

17 million kids were orphaned because of AIDS in 2011 (globalhealthfacts.org)

As discouraging as these figures can be, we are making progress!

The global mortality rate from malaria has dropped 25 percent since 2000.

In Africa, the malaria death rate has fallen 33 percent in the same time frame.

Vaccination programs have resulted in a 74 percent decrease in measles deaths worldwide.

God calls us to not only meet these needs, but to empower people for sustainable and lasting change. Hope Pupils in School (124)Springs International provides deep water wells, affordable health care, training in dry season farming and animal husbandry as a means to accomplish these goals. Each project is planned with an exit strategy in mind and a time line when each work will stand on its own with minimal or no ongoing support will be needed. Even our orphanage is being structured to one day be able to function without the need of outside support.

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isa. 58:10, 11.

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I love the “Why not” spirit of young people!

I love the “Why not” spirit of young people. When they see a challenge they don’t analyze it, they simply say, “Why not?” Recently I told you the story of what one 13 year old wanted for her birthday. She saw a challenge and said, “Why not?” Here is another “Why not?” story.

Nathan Hamm is a young man with questions. Three years ago he asked his dad, “Why doesn’t someone do something about all the suffering in the world today?” His dad then asked him a question. “Why don’t YOU do something about it?” Darin Hamm, Nathan’s father, then shared with him the work of Hope Springs International and how we teach Drip Irrigation Farming and the need for a variety of garden seeds used in this training program.

Nathan and his family

That first year over 400 seed packets were raised through Nathan’s efforts. The following year Nathan’s sister Madison joined the effort and over 700 seed packets were collected. 2012 is the third year that this family has been involved in collecting gardening seed for our work in Nigeria and Chad. This year Nathan stepped up his efforts and found a way to collect more seed packets that ever before. The follow video produced by Nathan’s dad tells this exciting story.

This is just one of numerous ways to be involved in making a real difference in the lives of suffering people throughout the world.  Jesus said, “And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:42). Click here to learn more about Hope Springs International Or drop us a note at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com

(Poster created by Darin Hamm)


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We are blessed with so many opportunities!

We are blessed with so many opportunities to be Jesus to the people of southern Chad. Will you join us in prayer for these urgent concerns?

First, boarder closures in Nigeria have interrupted our medication supply line. We have gone from serving over 1000 patients a month to a temporary shutdown as we raise urgently needed funds to send a team with a supply of drugs to restock the Health Center and the task of establishing future supply lines to purchase medications within Chad. We still need about $6,000.00 for this opportunity. (Read more here).

Second, we now have housing and at least two meals per day for our 41 orphans in Dono-Manga. 34 of our orphans still need a monthly sponsor. Full sponsorship for one child is $100.00 per month or $50.00 per month for half sponsorship. We are projecting to have the orphanage self-sustaining in the next 3 to 5 years through our training farm on the orphanage campus. So this is not a life time commitment. (Click here to see pictures of our orphans here.)

Third, we have taken delivery of our new well drill rig. This trailer mounted rig has the potential to drilling hundreds of wells, but we estimate it will cost about $10,000.00 to ship it to southern Chad. CrossFit Hendersonville is working hard to help us raise these funds. The sooner we can get it there the sooner we can begin opening new wells. The average cost of drilling a well in Africa can run from $5,000.00 to $8,000.00. Once our machine is drilling in Chad we estimate that the cost of a well will run between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00, possibly less. (Click here to see pictures)

Fourth, once we have our drilling machine in place we can begin our “Adopt a Village Program”. We have 30 villages with ministers who serve small churches that are waiting for us to aid them in bringing last change to their villages. Clean water through new wells is our first priority, medical help as needed second, then dry season agricultural and food preservation training will follow. We have witnessed how the love of Christ in action enhances the reception of the message of Christ. A $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 investment can bring lasting change to a village. (Click here to learn more.)

We are honored that God has challenged Hope Springs International with these opportunities that we believe through your gifts will bring honor and glory to His name. We appreciate the sacrifices of so many that have brought our efforts this far. If God has blessed you and you would like to help with one or more of these challenges you may donate online at our website: www.hopespringsint.com or you can send your check to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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TODAY HAS BEEN A DAY FILLED WITH REFLECTION AND PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

Today has been a day filled with reflection and prayers of thanksgiving for what God is doing in Dono-Manga, Chad. I can still remember the feeling of helplessness when I received an email from Ebenezer Udofia describing the suffering and death in Dono-Manga. “Sir, there has been a distress call (SOS) from the brethren and people of Dono-Manga in southern Chad for aid. The community at the present time is being devastated by an epidemic of diarrhea disease due to the lack of clean water and malaria due to the lack of bed nets. The
community has lost about 600 people within the last six months, mostly children. The churches of Christ in the area totaling about 150 members have lost twenty-one members over the same period.” His words “mostly children” hurt the most. I would learn later that there was nearly a 50% death rate of children under five because of the two problems he mentioned.

Hope Springs was still reeling from having to call our missionaries home and we were questioning if we as an organization would even survive. We had never had any plans to work in Chad. The very fact that Chad had been a French Colony and its major language was French had kept it off our radar. But God heard the prayers of His people.  Little did we know where He would lead us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since that day in February of 2009 medical/evangelistic/agricultural campaigns have been conducted, numerous people have come to Christ, churches have been established and villages continue to call for someone to come to their village with the message of Christ. 26 out-of-service wells have been repaired, 20 new wells are being drilled and funds are now available for 15 more. A new dispensary was recently constructed and stocked with lifesaving drugs and mosquito nets. A new orphanage was just completed for 41 orphans and a training farm compound is under construction that will be complete with a wall, chicken house, goat barn, catfish tank, a drip irrigation farm and its own well. Two men from Dono-Manga were sent to Jos School of Biblical Studies and have completed their schooling and have returned to help with the work. One of these men has established a school for 325 children that will include the 41 children from our orphanage. One of the subjects he will teach will be English. Does anyone else see the irony here?

What we see as a barrier is not a barrier for God. What God seeks from His people is faith to follow His direction in spite of the barrier. This is a lesson I am still learning. I used to wonder what lesson Jesus was teaching when He said that mustard seed faith could move a mountain into the sea. I no longer question that…I have seen the mountain moved into the sea.

We are trying to develop a greater vision for the future that is based in what we have seen God do over the last 2+ years. We believe that what has been done in Dono-Manga can be duplicated multiple times over in the many small villages that have struggling churches with dedicated preachers. We have seen firsthand what humanitarian outreach coupled with the message of Christ can accomplish. There is something powerful about the combination of the message of Christ being preached when it is accompanied by a compassionate
touch.

Orphans and neighborhood children in front of new Orphanage with recently donated soccer balls

We have a list of over 30 small towns and villages with a church and a preacher doing their best to reach their communities. We are praying for God to raise up churches and/or individuals that will say, “We/ I will adopt a village and over time do for them what has been done in a much larger area like Dono-Manga. We have the connections on the ground to get the
job done.  We are not talking about a “forever” commitment, but a commitment to help them stand on their own two feet. We are talking about providing wells and training to make them self-sufficient.  Everything we do at Hope Springs is designed to be self-sufficient in a short period of time. As the old adage says, “We teach people how to fish, not just give them a fish”.

I would be remiss if I failed to thank each of you for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. You have radically changed the lives of 126,000 people living in numerous villages throughout Dono-Manga. Through your donations you have saved hundreds of lives and given hope in this life, and the one to come.  Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga. Only heaven will tell the true value of your gifts.

25 Days after workshop


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GOAL REACHED FOR NEW ORPHANAGE AND FARM COMPOUND CONSTRUCTION

Another family has stepped forward to provide the rest of the funds needed for the Hope Springs’ Orphanage and Training Farm project in Dono-Manga, Chad. Praise God!

This means that we will be able to begin construction on all facilities around the 1st. of March giving us sufficient time to complete the project before the heaviest rains of the rainy season begin toward the end of June.

I am convinced that when we listen to learn where God is working, He will show up to provide our needs abundantly. Hope Springs had no plans to begin a work in the nation of Chad when we received that first S.O.S back in February of 2009.  But God heard the prayers and pleas of the families who over a six month period had buried 600 of their children who had died from water-borne diseases and treatable childhood illnesses. Three years later 26 wells have been repaired, 16 new wells are being drilled as I write this, a new clinic has been constructed and stocked with drugs, and now we are ready to embark on a project to provide a home and future for 41 orphans. We were also told, on our recent trip to Dono-Manga, that there has been a significant drop in the death rate of children under the age of 5 where wells have been repaired. Add to this the new churches that have been established and almost 70 new Christians who have come to faith in Jesus.

Many of you have and continue to support Hope Springs International. Thank you for being Jesus to many who will be eternally grateful for your sacrificial giving to make this work possible.


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Orphanage Plans To Include A Farm Compound

$20,000 doesn’t go far in the U.S. anymore, but it will do wonders in Dono-Manga, Chad. It will provide a home for 41 orphans, a drip irrigation farm, a small poultry house, a small goat barn, a catfish tank, and a block wall around the entire compound.  Most important of all it will provide an environment where children without a mom or dad can get off the streets and be protected, cared for and raised to know about a Father in heaven that loves them more than they could ever know.

In keeping with Hope Springs’s vision to help people help themselves the addition of a farm compound to our orphanage plans will provide the training in agricultural and animal husbandry skills that will provide for the present needs of these children and the skills they will need to make it on their own when they are old enough to leave.

We anticipate that it will take only 2 to 5 years for this orphanage to become self sustaining. Think about it! A $20,000 investment is less than $500 per child. Individual sponsorship per child will be $100 per month for only 3 to 4 years. (Monthly donations of any amount will be accepted and combined with others gifts if you cannot provide full sponsorship for a child).

We need to begin construction as soon as possible. Dono-Manga is located in a remote area of the nation of Chad 60 miles off the nearest paved road. When the rainy season begins in June of this year connecting dirt roads will wash out and become impassable. This means that there will be little or no traffic in or out of Dono-Manga from June until the middle of October after the rains have ended and there has been sufficient time to repair the roads. If we act quickly there will be time to secure building materials and complete the orphanage before the rains begin.

Just imagine being able to go to bed at night, your own bed, with a full tummy. This is something these children have only dreamed about, but that can become a reality with your help. If God has blessed you with the desire and ability to help, send your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or you can donate online at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com/

We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the world of theses 41 kids.