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Village of Landongor Lawampe to receive a well.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

The village of Ladongor Lawampe’s only source of drinking water is pictured on the left. When Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, visited this village with the news that they would soon have a well, the people could not believe after so long a time their suffering was about to come to an end.

 
Rambi reported, “Sadly on my visit Saturday a child passed away while IMG_20140705_153018I was there due to complications from unclean water and treatable childhood ailments.” This serves as a reminder of why what we do is so important, and serves as well as motivation for trying to do even more.

 

 

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

Children are especially susceptible to disease under the age of 5 because their immune systems are not fully developed. Clean water is life, especially to these little ones.

 
I just learned this morning (7.7.14) that the well drilling for Ladongor Lawampe will begin tomorrow. This well was made possible by one of our most loyal supporters. I wrote a blog about Michael a few weeks ago. I hope you will read it and realize how important one person can be in changing the lives of thousands.

 
This is our 7th well in Gombe State, Nigeria. We have funds on hand for number 8

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

that will be drill soon after this well. How would you like to provide or help provide the ninth well? Through a special arrangement with a local drilling company we are able to provide a well for only $3,000.00 or half the normal price. Could you give $300 and find 9 other friends or co-worker who could follow your example? Could you give $100 and find 29 other friends or co-workers to give $100. When you break down the numbers it is amazing what one person and a bunch of friends can do to bring lasting change to hundreds and hundreds of lives.

 

Won’t you join us? Contact us if you need ideas. Click here to donate!

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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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The love of Christ is stronger than terrorism, or hate.

Chibok, where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped on April 14 by Islamist militants.

Chibok, where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped on April 14 by Islamist militants.

By now just about everyone has heard about the terrorist activity in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram, as they call themselves, has been responsible for the death of thousands over the last few years, but only gained national attention with the recent abduction of over 200 young girls from a school. Boko Haram’s activity has hit close to home in recent days with deadly attacks on villages in the Chibok area of

Nigeria Kidnapped Girls

Nigeria Kidnapped Girls

southern Borno State where we have associates, and on this past Saturday June 7th when a suicide bomber killed herself and others at the military barracks in Gombe city in Gombe State, Nigeria our home base of operations.

 
Our well drilling operation and recent assistance to a local community in the completion of a maternity clinic continue to build relationships with both Christian and Muslim communities alike. Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, filed this report.

 
DSC_8473_1“Sir, our work continues to generate a lot of interest and goodwill from members of the public. At the weekend precisely on Saturday 7, 2014, I was called upon to receive an Award of Excellence in community service at the university of Jos by the Gombe State Students’ Association. It was an impressive gathering where the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Social Development and Special Duties, Mrs. Sarah Pane, delivered a keynote address at the occasion. Other dignitaries included Dr. Danlami Arabs Rukuje, Senior Adviser to the Governor of Gombe State, who doubled as the Executive Secretary of the State’s Emergency Agency. It was quiet humbling to know that what we are doing is creating impact and noted in several quarters.

 
Hope Springs International continues to gain more and more recognition by the day. We are inspired to do more in spite of

Kalkulum Maternity Clinic under construction

Kalkulum Maternity Clinic under construction

the daunting security challenges Nigeria is facing. There was a suicide bomb attack in Gombe yesterday at the Army barracks by a woman. Our country needs prayers for God’s intervention, mercy and grace.”

 
5 Nigeria WellsAlthough these are challenging times we continue to move ahead in our efforts to bring lasting change to the lives of those in need.

 

We have been blessed to work with a local commercial drilling company that has agreed to drill wells on our behalf for only $3,000 each. That is half the normal cost for a well in this area. We have requests for wells from at least 10 more remote villages that have never had a well and are presently drinking from ponds and streams they share with their animals. We have funds on hand for one of these requested wells. Would you be willing to provide or help provide one of the nine left?

 
I want to join Rambi in requesting that you keep this work in your prayers. These works continue to speak of the love of Christ for those in need and serve to open doors for others to learn about the One who loves them and was willing to die for them. The love of Christ is stronger than terrorism, or hate.

Partner with us! You may donate here: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs Intl., 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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What Can One Person Do?

What can one doMichael is a singer/songwriter who moved his family to the Nashville area some years ago to be closer to the music industry. Although Michael has had some limited successes he continues to search for that illusive number one hit. Michael’s day job is home construction and remodeling.
Michael learned about Hope Springs and contacted me a couple years ago wanting to learn more about our well drilling work. He had done his own research and was seriously touched to learn how many people did not have access to clean drinking water. After we talked Michael decided that

This was their source of water for humans and animals before the new well.

This was their source of water for humans and animals before the new well.

he wanted to raise awareness and funds to drill a well. Since that first meeting Michael has been responsible for two wells and we are now preparing to drill a third as a result of his efforts.
How does he do it? Michael contributes on a regular basis from his own personal income, but he also talks to people about the need and asks them to help him provide a well. Jerry is one of Michael’s co-workers. Jerry has now caught Michael’s excitement and gives on a regular basis for wells too. Another friend of Michaels is making periodic donations to his fund for wells. It is simply a word of mouth effort with great results.

 

Clean water, it was there all the time, just under their feet, but they could not reach it with out a well.

Clean water, it was there all the time, just under their feet, but they could not reach it with out a well.

783 million people in our world today do not have access to clean drinking water. You may not be able to get your mind around that figure, but like Michael, you can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people by providing or helping to provide just one well. Through a special arrangement with a commercial well driller in Gombe State Nigeria we are able to drill one well for only $3,000. The normal cost is twice that much. Here is how simple it is.

 

  • Find 29 people who will join you in giving $100 each.
  • Do a Facebook Challenge for 300 of your friends to give $10 to save lives through clean water.
  • Do a multi-family yard sale with proceeds going for clean water.
  • You can do a combination of all the above and add your own creative ideas.

 

The point is, YOU, ONE PERSON, can make a difference in the lives of hundreds and in some cases thousands of lives. Will you? I hope so! If you accept the challenge to provide one well here is what we will do. When that well is completed we will send you pictures of the well and the faces of the people whose lives you have changed.

If you will accept the challenge email me and let me know. hopespringsintl@gmail.com

I think Matthew West hits the nail on the head in his song, “Do Something!”


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Who is my neighbor?

First drink from the new well.

First drink from the new well.

A long standing hatred existed between the Jews and the Samaritans in Jesus’ day. Jews traveling north to Galilee would go to the other side of the Jordan so they would not have to go through Samaria and run the risk of encountering a Samaritan.  In John 4 Jesus said he “had to go through Samaria”. His encounter with the nameless Samaritan woman at the well is not famous. His story of the “Good Samaritan” is even referred to in non-religious circles. Jesus taught that God’s love and concern was for all mankind.  Anyone in need is my neighbor.

When we began our well drilling program in Nigeria we purposed to provide wells on the basis of the greatest needed without respect for race, tribal affiliation or religious preference. We recently drilled a well in the Muslim village of Jauro Mallam. That well was dedicated just a few days ago. The people of this village have never had a well. It has been amazing to see the expressions of appreciation that have come from this village and the officials in this part of the state.

Jauro Mallam’s well was just dedicated a few days ago. Here is our Director of Operations for Africa, Rambi Ayala’s firsthand account of the ceremonies.

“The dedication ceremony in Jauro Mallam drew people from different parts of the state, especially people in

Women who are not allowed to attend the ceremony look over the wall.

Women who are not allowed to attend the ceremony look over the wall.

Akko Local Government. This was due largely to the history that was made, being the first and only borehole drilled in the over 60 year history of the existence of the people of Jauro Mallam. There was excitement in the whole place. According to Islamic injunction women ought not to be seen outside during an occasion like this, but this was defied as the women of Jauro Mallam peeped over mud fences to catch a glimpse of the ceremonies.

IMG_20131101_113555In his speech, Mr. Bose, village leader, who spoke on behalf of the Jauro Mallam community and went down memory lane telling how his people would travel long distance in search of water. He said, “Whenever any member of the community is getting married, water used to be a most valuable wedding gift. Members of the community would take an average of one week to start bringing water from neighboring communities’ miles away in preparation for the wedding.”  He continued, “The presence of a borehole drilled by Hope Springs International makes them think they are in a dream, because they never expected that such a development would get to them this soon.”

The Executive Chairman of Akko Local Government Alhaji Mohammed Suleiman Bello, thanked Hope Springs International for bringing succor to a people in dare need. In what sounded like a sermon, The Chairman extoled the virtue of good deeds when he recalled what was said about the prophet of Islam who converted an old woman by a singular act of kindness.

He said, the prophet met an old woman one day who was struggling to carry a bunch of firewood, when she saw IMG_20131101_113436him she asked for his help without knowing that it was the prophet Muhammad. Instead of putting it on her head he decided to carry it himself and asked her to lead the way to her house. On getting to her house, the elated old woman said she has an advice for him. She told him that there is a young man called Muhammad who is preaching that people should follow his god, and that he should not listen or believe in him. Muhammad then told her he was the prophet. It was at that point the old woman turned and became a Muslim. She was won over by his good deeds not his preaching. He urged people to imbibe what Hope Springs International is doing.


A long the same lines the District Head of Gadawo who at the same time is the Clerk of Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Mohammed Atiku, expressed immense gratitude to Hope Springs International for locating the borehole in his domain. He urged people who have the means to imitate Betty [the lady whose donation made this well possible] and other donors of Hope Springs International to do likewise and alleviate the suffering of others regardless of race, color or creed.


IMG_20131101_112544As a mark of appreciation, the Village head of Wuro Yaya gave me the honorary title of Sarkin-Yakin Jauro Mallam meaning the war commander of Jauro Malam because Hope Springs International has fought their water scarcity to a standstill and won the Battle. While on the other hand the District Head of Gadawo offered the title of Gado-Masu Gadawo, which also signifies a warrior for the poor.

Also in attendance were representative of the Emire of Akko, Alhaji Mohammed Atiku, District Heads, Village Heads, Ward Heads on one hand while on the other hand the Executive Chairman of Akko Alhaji Mohammed Suleiman Bello, his Counsellors, other top government officials, community leaders, members of the press among others.” Rambi

Doors of communication are opened when people know that you care about them. Relationships are formed on the heels of acts of kindness and love. The two honorary titles bestowed on Rambi are highly prized and respected.

A special thank you to Ms. Betty who made this well and three other wells possible. Her generosity at the age of 85 has brought lasting change to thousands of people. You can too!

Click Here To Donate or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075

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Magic Kingdom – Tragic Kingdom

walt-disney-worldIn his latest book, “Unfinished…Believing is only the beginning”, Richard Stearns of World Vision asks an interesting question. “What would people be like if they had been born and raised inside the Magic Kingdom park (Walt Disney World), and had never seen the outside world? Since our worldviews are shaped by our contexts, imagine what a distorted worldview they would have.” Pg. 41BbgqfkgNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_46.

In the rest of this chapter of Stearns’ book he develops the contrast between the blessings we have here in the USA, our own “Magic Kingdom”, as compared to living in what he calls the “Tragic Kingdom” and life in one of the developing (Third World) nations. He speaks at some length describing the Magic Kingdom’s many blessings and conveniences that are available, things that we take for granted, and have come to “expect” because they have always been a part of our lives.

Stearns then turns his attention to the realities of the “Tragic Kingdom”. His list is real and tragic:

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

  • One billion are chronically short of food.
  • Two billion children under weight.
  • 783 million have no access to clean water at all.
  • Add to this the plight of wars, refugees, and 18 million orphaned children.

He then asked the question, “Are you feeling the heaviness yet? I am not done”.     

  • One third of the world lives on less than $2 per day.
  •  Three quarters live on less than $10 a day.

He closes this comparison of the kingdoms with this paragraph. “And, finally, the most terrible statistic of all: “nineteen thousand children under the age of five die every single day of largely preventable causes simply because they are poor. That’s almost 8 million children every year, one every four seconds. This is something God sees every moment of every day. Is this what you see”?

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Most of us here in the US cannot wrap our minds around such statistics. A young man made a comment on our Hope Springs Facebook site recently. He said, “Quit sending all that money over there to help those people when we have so many that need help right here!” His comment struck a raw nerve and my first reaction was anger. But as I reflected on what he said I realized that that is the normal response of so many who have been raised all their lives in the “Magic Kingdom”. The worst conditions they have seen in the “Magic Kingdom” would be a dream come true for many who live daily in the “Tragic Kingdom.”

As 2013 draws to a close all of us at Hope Springs are so thankful for each of you who have seen what we see and made a decision to help us bring lasting change to the lives of so many people. Here is what your gifts have made possible in just this year alone.

  • The Jordan Health Center addition will be under roof in the next month.
  • We conservatively estimate that over 10,000 men, women and children have been treated at JHC.
  • 700+ children are now enrolled in Primary Grades 1-4 in a school without a permanent building, staffed by volunteer teachers, that has just been rated “Best in the Region”.
  • By the end of November over 140,000 people will have access to clean water in Gombe State, Nigeria.

God’s blessings have been so evident and we are excited about His leading into the future. We will be sharing some wonderful new challenges for 2014 and beyond in the coming weeks. We hope you will not only continue the journey with us, but will help us spread the word!

Why not partner with us for lasting change…one village at a time. Donate Here

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes


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Muslim Village Receives A Well

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Our most recent well was drilled in the village of Jauro-Malam in Gombe State, Nigeria. Jaura-Malam is a Muslim village. It was our intention from the beginning of this program to reach out to the people who had the greatest need regardless of their religious or political background. Gombe State has had a reputation for many years of being a state where all people could live in peace and harmony regardless of their religious or political heritage. This was a major factor in our choosing this area as a base for our operations.

The expressions of thanksgiving and appreciation for this well have been so very heart warming. Rambi, our Director of Operations, sent me the follow note this week.

“The people of Jauro-Malam came to my house and also went to

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

thank the Mai Tangle (Local tribal leader), in his palace. During their visit the people of Jauro-Malam recounted their many years and the bitter experience of living without potable water.  Then all of a sudden and from nowhere Hope Springs appeared and in what looked like a miracle provided them with water. One after the other, the community leaders showered praises and blessings on Hope Springs International for providing this well.”

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

There will be a special dedication service for this well in the next few days. I wish it were possible for you to see and hear these expressions of appreciation in the flesh. These are people who live with virtually nothing and have nothing to give in exchange for such a blessing. You or I could have been born there instead of here, and their circumstances could have been our own.

 Please continue to pray that the Lord of harvest will use these expressions of love to open hearts to hear and learn of HIM.