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Hope Springs International Adds Two Members To Their Board Of Directors

Left: Dr. Matthew Tincher, Right: Todd Moore

Left: Dr. Matthew Tincher, Right: Todd Moore

Hope Springs International is proud to announce the addition of two new members to their board of directors. Todd Moore, Director of National Healthcare Corporation in Hendersonville, TN and Dr. Matthew Tincher, Medical Director Horizon Medical Center, Dickson, TN.

Todd and Dr. Matt are principles in CMI Medical Missions and have been actively involved in leading medical campaigns to Haiti over the last few years. Their wealth of experience, knowledge and training will be valued assets to the present and future works of Hope Springs International.

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Hope Springs International Teaming Up With CMI Medical Missions For Medical Campaign

Hope Springs will be teaming up with CMI Medical Missions for a large scale medical mission to Dono-Manga, Chad early next year. The team will consist of medical Doctors, Dentist and other medical support personnel.  Dr. Eni from Maiduguri, Nigeria, who is on the teaching staff of the training hospital there, will also be joining us. Of first importance will be to assess the medical needs of each of the 41 orphans at our orphanage and the rest of the 325 students enrolled in the newly establish school. After that our team will treat as many as possible from the community during the remainder of our stay.

Our dispensary in Dono-Manga has been seeing about 150 people per month many coming from great distances as the word continues to spread. This campaign will no doubt bring more attention to the help that is available in this very remote area of the nation of Chad and greatly increase the opportunity to share the message of Christ as well.

Efforts are underway to be sure the dispensary is stocked with the necessary drugs to cover this special trip when as many as a thousand people may be seen. Many of those who will be treated would never have the opportunity to see a doctor without an effort like this.

Todd has been with Murfreesboro based National HealthCare Corporation for over 15 years.

It is such a pleasure to work with true professionals in an effort like this. Directors Todd Moore and Dr. Matthew Tincher are experienced leaders and have made numerous medical mission trips, some of the most recent to Haiti and Honduras.

Matt is the medical director for the Emergency Department at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, TN.

We solicit your prayers for this upcoming trip as there will be difficult days of travel to and from Dono-Manga, and long hot days of ministry to those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few of the 325 children enrolled in the new school that will be getting medical care during this campaign.


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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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Thank You From Dono-Manga, Chad

I just received a letter from Pierre Rimorbe the evangelist that Hope Springs has been working with in Dono-Manga, Chad since February of 2009.  I want to share a portion of it with you.

“All the churches of Christ, chiefs of the villages and Dono-Manga communities wish to express their sincere thanksgiving to God and to you for your kindness and love for our communities. We pray God will continue to support, protect you and pour his abundant blessings upon you. We give glory to God that great changes are happening today in these remote areas. We are tremendously blessed this year to have potable water, a clinic and mosquito nets. These donations have motivated many village people and their chiefs to invite us to establish congregations in their villages. [Even with the] Lack of preachers we have just established two congregations in Ter village II and Kang-yara village.”

Pierre went on to say that when he began his work in his home town district of Dono-Manga the religious make up was 70% Idol worshipers, 20% affiliated with a few protestant groups and about 10% Catholic. The largest protestant group in the area considered the churches of Christ a “drinking blood church from Nigeria”.  This is very similar to the thinking of many first century non-Christians about Christians who met in the catacombs. Misunderstandings about the Lord Supper and how the fruit of the vine represents the blood of Christ no doubt caused the confusion then and likely the confusion here as well.

Pierre also shared the events that caused him to send the original appeal for help to the Wulari Jerusalem Church in Maiduguri in February of 2009.

“Two years ago in Sara and Goulel areas when some members of the churches that had been established died of malaria and diarrhea, some of those who have lost their children and other family members abandoned the living God and went back to their gods to look for help. This tragedy obliged us to send our report to those who are involved in our mission work to give us a helping hand.”

Pierre goes on to explain the importance of the response to that appeal.

One of ten baptisms during our recent trip to dono-Manga

“We are thankful that God has brought us out of that tragedy to restore hope and rebuild the faith of these new converts through your help. The donations of boreholes (wells), drugs and mosquito nets during that disaster have reaped great harvest. 53 people have been baptized from May 2009 through October 2010 and two new congregations have been established”

Idol worship and superstition have been the gods of most people in Dono-Manga for hundreds of years. When they or their babies became sick they would take them to the shrines built to the idols they worshipped and they would pray to their gods to heal them. The combination of humanitarian aid and preaching the good news about Jesus is a combination that not only worked in the days when Jesus walked the earth, it is still powerful today. People originally came to Jesus for the loaves and fishes, but many of them became His disciples because they came to understand the love behind the gift.

Dr. Whittaker explains the use of mosquito nets and Pierre translates

Pierre continues, “Brethren, the distribution of mosquito nets from brethren in Nigeria and the USA has opened the eyes of mothers from many village shrines to abandon the traditional treatment (Idol Worship), and look for modern treatment. “

Women are now willing to bring their children for treatment when there is a medical campaign and there is much excitement about the new clinic and availability of drugs to treat common childhood diseases that have been responsible for the death of many children in the past. Pierre believes that the presence of the clinic will go a long way in encouraging women to trust modern medicine and not the traditional idol worship. We believe that many more will come to Christ as a result of seeing the love behind the gift.

Pierre also adds that education, especially of the young people, is a critical need for the future.

“As 90% of Dono-Manga people are farmers and do not have interest in education. Children are taken to the farms and some of are married early (12-15 years old for girls and 17-20 for the boys). Lack of education is one of the causes of this chronic infant mortality. Some new couples do not know how to protect a new born. They are not able to get enough food to feed their families.”

These young couples simply do what they have seen their parents do, try to survive through farming. But without the skills of dry season farming techniques and an understanding of how to preserve food for greater shelf life, they simply starve during the dry season and many, especially the children, don’t make it.

New Dispensary before windows and doors were added.

Pierre continues, “We thank God that you have already been our partner in some capacity in the spread of the gospel and teaching how to avoid sickness. We hope you will still continue to join us in this investment in the Lord’s work.”

While we have seen so many changes over the last two years and exciting days are ahead. Stay tuned for what God is going to do next.


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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