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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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Health Center Is Open Again…With A New Name.

Mothers With Small Children receiving Mosquito Nets

In January we told you how our supply line for medications for our Health Center had been cut off with the closing of Nigerian borders in an effort to curb terrorist activities there. (Click here and here for more information.) We began immediately to raise funds for a new supply of medications and began preparing to send our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala and our Medical Advisor Dr. U. Eni to Chad to find a local suppler for our needs.

We are excited to announce that the Health Center is fully registered with the Chadian government and a wholesale supply line for medications has been established. Our Health Center has become such an important part of our work in Dono-Manga. On average our nurse will see 1000 people each month.

At the time of the formal registration of the center it was given the new name Jordan Health Center. Rambi explains why the name Jordan was chosen. “The name submitted to the Chadian government on the official paper work is the Jordan Health Center. This is because of the significant role the center is playing in Dono-Manga. It is seen as the river Jordan of the Bible where Naaman received healing. It has become like a healing stream to the people of Dono-Manga and the surrounding villages.”

Dr. Eni’s report on the mission included a request for expanding our present building, adding additional staff and security personnel, and the addition of new equipment including refrigerated storage for medications that we cannot presently provide. We are now awaiting cost estimates and will share this exciting expansion with you soon.

From left to right. Dr. Eni, Martin and our nurse.

While there are hundreds of stories that could be told about the value of the Jordan Health Center Martin Ramadinga (pictured on the left) story is a true testimony to how humanitarian aid and the message of the Gospel work hand in hand. Martin was near death when 5 members of his family heard of the Jordan Health Center. They carried him 20 miles because he could not walk. Today he is alive and well. What is even more exciting is that he and those who brought him are all Christians excited about sharing Christ with others. Without the Jordan Health Center Martin would have died. Without the Jordan Health Center Martin would have died without Christ.

We praise God for those of you who help to make this mission possible through your prayers and financial support. There is much more great news to come from this mission trip so stay tuned.


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EMERGENCY RELIEF WILL SOON BE ON THE WAY

In late January of this year we told you that due to recent terrorist activity in Nigeria, government officials had closed of all Nigerian’s boarders. ( Click here to read that report.) Medications for our Health Center were being secured through our contact, a Christian medical doctor on the teaching staff of a major training hospital in Nigeria. The closing of Nigerian’s boarders had a devastating impact on our Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad, eventually resulting in its closure due to running out of medications. The supply line from Nigeria was initially set up because we were able to purchase medications at a greatly reduced cost through our contact. Retail prices for the same medications in Chad were over seven times the cost we were paying in Nigeria.

We immediately began to plan for a team to travel to Dono-Manga by air with supplies to reopen our Health Center. We told you of this pressing need and your response has been so encouraging. We are excited to announce we now have sufficient funds to send our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala and Dr. Eni to Dono-Manga with sufficient supplies to restock our Health Center. We have also tasked them with the responsibility of establishing arrangements with a Chadian Pharmaceutical company to enable us to purchase medications at a reduced price.

The people we are serving are the poorest of the poor and without this Health Center would just die at home without the hope of treatment. Before this situation arose our Health Center was treating over 1000 people per month! Hundreds of lives have been saved, many of them children under the age of 5. We don’t have words to adequately express our deep appreciation to those of you who responded to this special appeal.

Our team will be on their way in the very near future and we look forward to bringing you news when they return. We asked that you join us in prayer for the success of this critical mission.

Here is just one story of hundreds that we could share about the value of our Health Center.


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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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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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Letter of Appreciation From the Wulari Jerusalem Church in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Raymond and Kathren Pagouh and their son Napoleon standing in what was once their home.

Raymond and Kathren Pagouh and their son Napoleon standing in what was once their home.

The following letter was received today in response to the emergency aid that was sent by Healing Handing International and Hope Springs a few weeks ago. It confirms our faith in how important it is to share the Love of Christ with those who do not know Him.

Beloved brother,

LETTER OF APPRECIATION

Grace, peace and love of God be multiplied to you in the name of our Lord and savior  Jesus Christ.

I write on behalf of the elders and the entire Wulari-Jerusalem church to appreciate your milk of human kindness in responding to the needs of brethren and neighbors in a swift manner. Your quick response has rekindled hope and put smiles in the faces of many people who were affected by the crisis. May God be glorified through your humanitarian services.

We received the sum of Five thousand dollars ($ 5,000.00)

Which you sent. We set up a committee and appropriated the fund as follows: The sum of one thousand dollars was given to the Muslims who were affected during the crisis. This we disbursed through Borno State youth empowerment scheme through brother Ebenezer. We purchased plastic chairs and distributed to our denominational neighbors. This cost us $ 2,000.00 we shared the sum of $1000.00 to brethren who were affected by the crisis. The remaining $1000.00, was used in purchasing food stuff which we distribute to hospitals and military base where the displaced persons are presently taking refuge. Brother Ebenezer will give you full details of our efforts.

Brother, the testimonies received from the recipients of these gifts were so overwhelming. One injured Muslim man said, “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”. This is one out of many testimonies.

Brother, may you remain blessed and know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (I Cor.15:58). We shall appreciate further Aid for onward delivery to these people who are afflicted and need rehabilitation.

Your fellow worker in the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ

Joshua Bindah Hamman, Evangelist

(For the Church of Christ Wulari-Jerusalem, Maiduguri)

We look forward to Ebenezer’s report as soon as he returns from his meeting with Healing Hands personal in Dakar, Senegal.

Thanks for your continued support.