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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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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