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A frantic cry for help!

???????????????????????????????The wailing cries of a frantic mother holding a child with convulsions and an extremely high fever interrupted worship on Sunday the 16th of February in Dono-Manga. Eloi, our resident nurse, rushed the mother and child to the Jordan Health Center next door and began treatment.  

Everyone initially breathed a sigh of relief that the Health Center was so close. The convulsions and fever were brought under control, but it would not be enough to save this 5 year old little girl named Pandjelta. Monday morning would begin with the news that the Pandjelta had died, and a funeral

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

and burial would follow that afternoon.

We would learn later that the parents had been treating Pandjelta with a common local home remedy of herbs mixed with alcohol for two days until they saw the situation was out of hand and ran seeking help at the Jordan Health Center. Had these parents brought Pandjelta to the Center first, she could have been easily treated, like hundreds of others, and would have in all likelihood recovered.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Superstitions and home remedies are hard to overcome in these remote areas of Chad. Until our health center was build the people of Dono-Manga had no other option. But it is such a different story today. In the last 10 months of 2013:

·       2619 people were treated at JHC.

·       Of that number 1156 were children.

·       Another 120 children were born there.

·       And 729 received their vaccinations.

I can assure you that without the Jordan Health Center many of these people, especially among the children, would have died needlessly of easily treatable diseases.

The Jordan Health Center is just one of the many works your donations make possible. As you can see from the above figures your gifts are bringing lasting change to one child at a time.

Stay tuned, more important news is coming your way over the next few days!


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RECENT TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN NIGERIA HAS IMPACT ON OUR HEALTH CENTER IN DONO-MANGA, CHAD

Mothers With Small Children receiving Mosquito Nets

 

In Fall of 2010 we opened a small dispensary in Dono-Manga, Chad. The purpose was to dispense drugs for minor illnesses that often lead to major life threaten conditions, especially for very young children. When we visited Dono-Manga in 2010 we took an initial supply of medications and priced them in such a way as to make them affordable to the local people and enable us to replenish drug supplies with the funds we received. Our initial supply and subsequent restocking has been done through Dr. Eni who is on the surgical teaching staff of the University of Maiduguri Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. His connections there enabled us to purchase medications at a very low price. Pierre Rimorbe, our key man in Dono-Manga, has until recently, traveled to Maiduguri as necessary to keep the dispensary supplied.

 

Recent terrorist activity in northern Nigeria by a group called Boko-Haran has killed hundreds of people over the last few months. In a defensive move the President of Nigeria recently closed all Nigerian borders. Although this violence is hundreds of miles away from Dono-Manga the closing of the borders has now halted our ability to restock our dispensary and it could not come at a worse time.

In the last few months our nurse has been seeing over 1000 patients per month. Many people walk for days bringing their loved ones for treatment. Our dispensary has been so effective in saving lives that it was just awarded Health Center status by the Chadian government. This means that our personnel may now preform minor surgery and aid in mid-wife services. But because of not being able to restock our drug supply from Nigeria our Health Center is about to run out of medications to treat those who continue to come. Here is a portion of a message we received a few days ago from our representative in Nigeria after he spoke to Pierre Rimorbe in Dono-Manga.

This man's family carried him for over 20 miles to the Health Center. He and the 5 members of his family became Christians.

“Presently there are 12 inpatients being managed by our nurse at the health center. The inadequate drug supply is posing a problem given the fact that people in and around Dono-Manga have come to see the Health Center as a haven for the less privileged who otherwise would have stayed home to wait for death since they cannot afford the cost of treatment, let alone the challenges of long travels in search of medical care in one of the large cities, which our health center now provides easily and readily. “

While the simple solution would be to purchase medications in Chad we are faced with prices that are thousands of dollars more than we were paying through Dr. Eni in Nigeria and the cost would be out of reach for the people that we are treating.

The Health Center has become such an important part of our outreach and has saved hundreds of lives since it opened. It is a vital and important part of the work we are going in Dono-Manga. So here is what we plan to do.  I have spoken with Dr. Eni and Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, and we are making arrangements to fly them with a supply of needed medications to Chad. They will also be tasked with the responsibility of meeting with representatives of the Chadian Government to establish relationships with local Pharmaceutical companies that will enable us to purchase our needed medication locally at a discounted price.

We have a wonderful working relationship with the Chadian government and we feel certain they will be able to help us open this door. But we must act quickly as many lives are now at risk without the needed medication for our Health Center. We estimate that the total needed for this emergency relief effort will be $11,000. This will include air and land travel for Dr. Eni and our representative, a large supply of medications that will be purchased in Nigeria, and air freight to allow the drugs to travel with them. At this time we have $3,500 of the $11,000 that we need.  This leaves a balance of $7,500 that we need to raise as soon as possible.

 

We treat many children at the Health Center.

Our Health Center is so much more than a place where people receive medical attention. One of our local ministers is at the Health Center daily to share the message of Christ with all families coming for medical assistance. We have seen so many people come to Christ through his work, and new churches are being established through these new Christians who have been reached at the Health Center.

There are at least two ways you can help. First, if God has blessed you with the ability, make a donation. Any amount will be a blessing and will save lives. Second, help us spread the word about this need and encourage others to give. 100% of what is given in response to this appeal will go to meet this need! Write “Health Center” on your check and mail it to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or if you give at our website: www.hopesprintsint.com note that it for the Health Center when you donate. Thank you in advance for your response! We deeply appreciate each of you who make this great work possible.


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SECOND MISSION TO CHAD REPORT

WATER IS FLOWING AGAIN!

A five member team left Maiduguri on November 7th for Dono-Manga, Chad to oversee the repair of out-of-service wells and to bring much needed medical aid to those suffering in this district in the depressed nation of Chad. They would also bring a message of hope beyond the suffering of this life and fourteen would accept the free gift and be born from above.

Team members included Sajou Katsala driver, E.A. Akpan and Ahanda Jauro, one of the Shepherds and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church. Bikang Mohammed, Evangelist for the Damaturu Church and team leader Ebenezer Udofia Operation Manager for our Pompomari Training Farm. After a night on the road our team arrived in Dono-Manga at 9:30 PM on Sunday evening. “The brethren and others at Dono-Manga gave us a warm welcome with songs, embraces and handshakes,” Ebenezer said.

The following morning team members went to meet with the head of the

MISION TEAM WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT CABINET MEMBERS

 Dono-Manga District and area tribal chiefs. The Local Government Chairman gave a long speech of welcome.  He expressed his appreciation for all that was planned and at the same time made additional requests pertaining to the needs of the district. While noting that the most urgent need is water, he expressed that other needs are pressing as well. Among those were agricultural skills, health and general education.  Ebenezer reported, “He drew our attention to the havoc done to the community by HIV/ AIDS, water borne diseases and poverty resulting in a large number of orphans. He then issued a special request that we consider helping them to establish an orphanage as well as Basic English language classes to aid in communication.”

Ebenezer responded by expressing his thanks on behalf of the team for the warm welcome and shared that we have a desire to continue to help in the future. He then requested that the verbal requests made by the Chairman be put into written form so that it could be forwarded for consideration. The Chairman then assigned one of the cabinet members to accompany the team as they began the repair of out-of-service wells.

The days that followed were spent in repairing wells by day, and teaching by

VILLAGERS CELEBRATE AS WELL IS REPAIRED

 night. As repairs were begun it was learned that some of the wells were actually beyond repair and would require re-drilling. It was also learned that repair cost were under estimated, but in the end ten wells were repaired, some of which had been broken for more than five years.  Ebenezer said, “In each village we entered, the people came out in mass to receive us…In the area where the bore-holes were repaired people were full of appreciation for our organizations’ efforts in alleviating their sufferings. Some of the village heads presented chickens to us as a token of their appreciation.”

CHICKENS PRESENTED AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION

Although Dr. Eni, a medical consultant at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church, was not able to make this second trip, he gave detailed instructions to Ebenezer about the dispensing of needed drugs and minor First Aid he might be able to provide while there. This was done in each of the villages where wells were repaired.

The Dono-Manga district is made up of 92 villages that contain a population of over 126,000. Some of the villages are 20-30 Kilometers apart and connected by bush paths and no roads. This area has been devastated by

BLOATED BELLIES A SGN OF MALNUTRITION AND PENDING DEATH.

 disease and malnutrition.  The number of deaths in these 92 villages this year is the highest ever. More than 50% of the children never reach the age of 5 and are the ones who suffer the most. Bloated bellies of children are not a sign of overweight, but just the opposite. It is a sign of malnutrition and a buildup of toxins in the body. Rather than a sign of health it can be a warning sign of pending death.

Ebenezer closed his report by saying, “These people will be eternally grateful for any and all efforts to rescue them from their present situation. The government is also very receptive and supportive of all who would be willing to help.”

The repair of out of service wells meets only the immediate emergency need to get water flowing again in parts of this district. New wells are the long term solution to this ongoing problem. Wells not only prevent water borne disease, they provide water needed for the development of agriculture. During the long 9 month dry season when no rain falls people suffer the most because they cannot grow food. Clean water and vegetables dramatically

CLEAN WATER GIVES THESE CHILDREN HOPE

 increase life expectancy and when followed by basic health education can save thousands of lives and open many hearts to God’s love for them.

Will you join me in prayer for the people of Dono-Manga? Will you also ask God to show us how we might be best used by Him to express His love and concern for the 126,000 + souls in Dono-Manga?

NEVER TO OLD TO BE BORN FROM ABOVE

(More details and pictures in our upcoming December Newsletter. If you are not on our snail mail or email list, email us at rabboniblog@yahoo.com, or drop us a note at Hope Springs, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075


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EMERGENCY AID DISTRIBUTION

relief at the refugee camp.

On July 27th of this year sectarian violence swept through the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria led by radical Islamic sect leader Mohammed Yusuf. In the five days of violence to follow over 1000 people would be killed, leaving behind 1,264 orphans and 392 widows, 26 houses of worship were razed to the ground along with 50 private homes. Yusuf and the majority of his followers would be killed and peace restored.

A call for emergency relief aid was issued by the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ to Healing Hands International and Hope Springs International and $5,000 was promptly sent to help in the relief follow up.  The pictures that follow tell the story of the lives touch by the generosity of those who made this gift possible.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shoot wounds and amputation that followed.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shot wounds and amputation that followed.

Danjuma Sale, a young islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Danjuma Sale, a young Islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each provided with 40 plastic chairs.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each was provided with 40 plastic chairs.

The value of sharing the Love of Christ in this way may best be expressed in the words of a Muslim man who received assistance. “See, this gift is coming from Christians who we don’t share anything in common; our Muslim brothers don’t know the road to this hospital; may God reward you Christians.”

Ebenezer Udofia who led the distribution closed his recent report by saying, “There is still much that can be done for these victims – As many of them have lost the bread-winner of their family, they need to be cared for, most of those that have now become orphans were in school and would be grateful to continue, many of the victims have lost  their limbs and therefore would appreciate an artificial limbs.  Many people have lost their means of livelihood and would give thanks to God for starting business once again.  Many victims have lost their homes, and would ever remain grateful for rehabilitation.  As you ponder on the needs of these victims, may God grant you the divine privilege to make a golden deed by helping those who are in need.  May God bless you as you accompanied your faith with works.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matt. 25:40