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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.


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Ebenezer Udofia takes new position with Healing Hands International

It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to a long time friend, brother and associate. Ebenezer Udofia. Ebenezer began his new position with Healing Hands International September first of this year. He has work as the Director of Operations for Hope Springs International since February of 2008. He was instrumental in getting the Pompomari Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Training Farm up and running and has overseen its operation until his departure in September.

Soon after taking the position with Hope Springs International, at that time called Arewa Aid, our resident missionary family was re-called. Although  Ebenezer barely got his feet on the ground before all these changes took place, he successfully accepted the new challenge posed by these events and rose to the occasion never missing a beat in the process.

During these trying times Healing Hands International stepped in and took over the personal support of Ebenezer and the Pompomari Farm as we at Hope Springs began to re-organize and re-group. The part played by Healing Hands International and it’s CEO Randy Steiger, Vice President Chris Gingles and Agricultural Director Dave Goolsby, cannot be over stated. 

While Ebenezer will no longer be working directly with Hope Springs International we have been assured that he will still be available to us with his expert knowledge of agriculture and animal husbandry should we need him.

Ebenezer is presently living with his wife Regina and daughter Grace , pictured above with mission team members, in Jos, Nigeria.

We at Hope Springs International are excited for the many opportunities that will be provided to Ebenezer in his new position and wish him God speed.

Ebenezer doing what he does best. Teaching the principle of dry season farming or drip irrigation in Dono-Manga, Chad in March of this year.


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Information On Our “Need For Seed” Program

All Types Of Vegetable Seeds Are Needed.

Several have requested more information about our “Need For Seed” program. Here is a reply I sent to a recent request.

Thanks for asking about our “Need for Seed” program. Hope Springs is involved in providing wells and drip irrigation farming workshops in sub-Saharan Africa. This combination of wells and drip irrigation farming training enable people who normally could only farm during the short three month rainy season to raise crops 12 months out of the year. Our program helps to provide seed needed to get people started in learning these skills.
 
Seeds can be sent any time, but seeds are usually only available for purchase here in the US in the Spring and Summer.
 
We can use all kinds of vegetable seeds. Many of the seed varieties we have available here will grow in Africa, but they simply are not available.
 
Seeds can be mailed to us here at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. We will ship the seeds from here to locations where we have Drip Irrigation programs working.
 
The program is simple. Here are some suggestions:
 
1. Make an announcement at your church, office or other places that you are collecting seeds for use in Africa. Provide a donation box or just have folks bring them to you.
 
2. Email your friends list and have them send seeds to you to forward on to us.
 
3. Talk to stores that have seed displays and ask them what they do with left over seeds at the end of the season? Ask them to consider donating left over seeds to Hope Springs.
 
4. You can promote our “Need for Seed” program on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Link them to our site or just spread the word through your own.
 
Here is a link to a story on our blog about this program: https://hopespringsblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/2010-need-for-seed/
 
Here is a link to a story on our blog about our work in Dono-Manga, Chad and how wells and drip irrigation work together: https://hopespringsblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/more-than-just-new-wells-in-dono-manga/
 
Hope this helps and thanks again for writing.


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More Than Just New Wells In Dono-Manga

25 Days after workshop

Not only is water flowing freely in Dono-Manga, but now crops are beginning to grow as well. The results of the recent Drip Irrigation Workshop held here in March are evident from the photo’s above. This valuable training not only gives people the knowledge and tools necessary to provide for themselves, it can be duplicated over and over again resulting in thousands of lives being changed. At Hope Spring International we are about helping people help themselves. 

Drip Irrigation field prepared

 

Twenty graduates and twenty observers from March Workshop


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2010 NEED FOR SEED

Children have an honest idealism that cause them to see problems and challenges as having very simple solutions. They often challenge us adults with their spontaneous compassion and desire to do something about the needs of the suffering and hurting in our world.

Nathaniel Hamm is one such young man. Last year at this time Nathaniel, the 10-year-old son of Darin Hamm, Teaching Pastor for the New Heights Church in Owasso, Oklahoma, heard about the street children that we are working with through our farm in Maiduguri, Nigeria. He heard how we train these young people, many about his age, in the skills of drip irrigation that enable street children to return to their families and help provide food year round in this aired desert region of Northern Nigeria. He also learned of our constant need for seed for our training farm and a need for seed to send home with these trainees to begin their own farming efforts.

What follows is Nathaniel’s story in his own words. Read and be blessed as you see what a 10 year old can do for the cause of Christ.

Seeds for Arewa Aid by Nathaniel Hamm,

I came to dad and complained that people should do more. I wanted him to get something done. He asked me why I didn’t do something.

He told me about Arewa Aid (Now Hope Springs) and said they could use seeds to help people in Africa. He explained about irrigation and what was happening and we agreed that I could do something to help.

So I asked my school principal if I could try to get other kids to raise seeds. She told me that I needed to talk to the Superintendent so my dad helped me send them an email.

Oh, I also emailed the man from Arewa Aid, Lee, to see if this would help and be a good idea. He said yes and gave me a list of seeds.

So the school said I could set up a table for a week at my school. The week came and I set up a table and made poster signs with information about the seeds and what they would be used for. I had bags that my dad gave me and they each had a flyer with the information.

I also had my dad tell people at church and he put something in our church bulletin.

In the end I collected seeds from people at my school and from people in my church. I boxed up the seeds and after finding the right address my dad took me to the post office where we mailed the seeds.

I hope it helps those kids on the street find a way to stay with their family. I hope they know it is because of Jesus that this was done.

Thanks for letting me help.

Nathaniel Hamm

Through Nathaniel’s efforts we shipped a box of 234 packets of seeds to Nigeria.

There are many ways to help, both large and small, which allow you to make a difference in the lives of people today. Many schools allow such projects as the one Nathaniel organized. Others might set up a seed donation box in a Bible Class or do a church wide project to raise seed. If you would like be a part of our “2010 Need For Seed” program, drop me a note at rabboniblog@yahoo.com. We will be glad to provide information and assistance.

Store shelves are stocked with plenty of seed this time of year. Help us take advantage of this availability. Here is a way you can make a significant difference. Why not talk to store owners about donating all or a portion of unsold seed at the end of this planting season. With our drip irrigation program we can use seed throughout the year.


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Medical Missions Campaign to Dono-Manga, Chad

A Medical Missions campaign team, sponsored by Healing Hands International, recently returned from Dono-Manga, Chad.  Among the 10 Team members were Steve Worley, Jos School of Biblical Studies; Dr. Bob Whittaker, Nigerian Christian Hospital; Dr. Emmanuel Eni, Maiduguri University Hospital and a Deacon with the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ; and Ebenezer Udofia, representative for Healing Hands International/Hope Springs International. 

The medical team held a clinic to meet the needs of over 130 villagers. 160+ mosquito nets were distributed with material to treat the nets.

A drip irrigation workshop was conducted with 20 students and 20 observers attending. Learning the skills of dry season farming will enable these villagers to raise crops year round and not just during the short 3 month rainy season.

While the journey was filled with challenges of vehicle mechanical problems, oppressive heat, and travel over barely passable roads, many were helped and 12 precious souls came to Christ and were baptized.

Hope Springs International is now making arrangements to drill 15 new wells and repair 6 wells that have been out-of-service for years in Dono-Manga.  Details concerning this phase of our work in Dono-Manga will be forth coming, so check back often!

Mosquito Nets Being Distributed to Village Women

 

Waiting to see a Doctor

 

Drip Irrigation Workshop Participants

 

One of the 12 new Christians in Dono-Manga