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Soccer Balls and a Well – Komta Village Dedicates New Well

2010 meeting with Komta Village leaders.

2010 meeting with Komta Village leaders.

In the fall of 2010 a team from Hope Springs International visited the village of Komta, in Gombe State, Nigeria. We were given a warm welcome by Mr. Dauda Ajoji who is the Ubangharin Komta, a term similar in meaning to Mayor. We were impressed by the number of young people in this village that had come to meet us. Phil Barnes, Board Member, presented Mr. Ajoji a

Board Member Phil Barnes presents Soccer Balls to Mr. Ajoji for the village youth.

Board Member Phil Barnes presents Soccer Balls to Mr. Ajoji for the village youth.

couple of the soccer balls that had been donated and signed by Bible classes at the Madison Church of Christ. Phil gave these to Mr. Ajoji to be given to the young people present.

What a joy to learn of the recent celebration in Komta at the dedication of a new well for this community of 8,000. Rambi, our

Mr. Dauda Ajoji  tells the story of their struggle for clean water.

Mr. Dauda Ajoji tells the story of their struggle for clean water.

Director of Operations reported, “In his message Mr. Ajoji recalled the struggles of his people to get a well for his village, but without success until Hope Springs made it possible. He prayed for God to richly bless the donors and the work of Hope Springs for making this well possible.

One of the oldest members of the village, Baba Dale, couldn’t help

Baba Dale one of the oldest members of Komta tells of spending his life without a well.

Baba Dale one of the oldest members of Komta tells of spending his life without a well.

but leap for joy and danced in spite of his 80+ years. He thrilled those gathered with his dance and his joy because of what has happened to the community which he found unbelievable. He has lived his life without ever having a well from which to draw clean water. Baba and his wife are now worshiping with the Biliri Church where I minister.

The Deputy Director of the National Orientation Agency for Gombe State, Mr. Agur Sankache Amanche was also in attendance. He said, “Service to humanity is the ability to put smiles on the faces of people which Hope Springs has demonstrated.”

Mr Peter Kara, head of the village, also expressed his gratitude to Hope Springs for providing his community with a source of clean water that they have longed for, for years.

Some of the women of the community wrote a song especially for this occasion, as was done by the ladies of the Powishi Mongoro village for their well’s dedication. The song was a simple message full of praise to God for answering their prayers.”

Rambi’s report is a testimony to how one person or a group of people can bring lasting change to thousands of lives.

Question? What if you accepted the challenge to raise $3,000 dollars for a well? What if you talked to other members of your Bible Class, Life Group, Church or co-workers?  It is as simple as finding 30 people who would give $100. 15 to give $200.00.

If you will accept the challenge we will provide you with pictures and information about the people in the village where the well is drilled that you can share with those who made it possible.

I pray that you will consider helping us bring lasting change to one village at a time!

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Dedication Ceremonies Held For New Wells

The Mai Tangle, His Royal Highness Dr. Abdu Buba Maisheru II cuts the ribbon at Sansani Village Well

The Mai Tangle, His Royal Highness Dr. Abdu Buba Maisheru II cuts the ribbon at Sansani Village Well

Dedication ceremonies for new boreholes in the villages of Sansani and Powishi Mongoro were held on September the 15th. Our Director of Operations for Africa, Rambi Aayla, was instrumental in planning these successful events and filed the following report.

“Sir, the events of Friday rekindled my commitment to this sacrificial service to humanity. Let me start from the activities leading to the main event of the dedication of the wells. I had meetings with community leaders in both Sansani and Powishi Mongoro for proper preparation. Thereafter letters were sent inviting all the dignitaries from state government officials, local government officials and the traditional rulers.

Sansani: What a big blessings it is to have the well there. Beginning from Wednesday 11-Saturday 14, Christians numbering over 3000 converged in

3000 converged in Sansani for their annual District Youth Conference

3000 converged in Sansani for their annual District Youth Conference

Sansani for their annual District Youth Conference, the new borehole was put to use for them throughout this period.  From the onset one of the reason the community leaders gave for their decision for the well to be sited within the church premises is that during such gatherings they do face a serious water challenge. It truly gladdens my heart to see that thousands were blessed by the well.

On the day of the commissioning there were outpouring of goodwill messages from the top hierarchy of the church and the community. In his speech the chairman of ECWA (Evangelical

Center District Head of Kalmai Mr. Zubairu Ahmadu. His district includes Sansani Village

Center District Head of Kalmai Mr. Zubairu Ahmadu. He is district includes Sansani Village and Rambi on the right.

Church of West Africa) Rev. Gerson Fulani thanked HSI for providing the well, and prayed for God to bless Betty for her generous gift that made the well possible. On his part the village head of Sansani was full of gratitude for having this project started in his domain and prays that God replenish the giver’s purse.


Engineer Danmatata, who is a Director in the Ministry of water resources, pledged his government’s support to Hope Springs International in her operations. The Mai Tangle, His Royal Highness Dr. Abdu Buba Maisheru II called on the benefiting communities to reciprocate this gesture by taking good care of the borehole provided. He commended HSI for coming to the aid of the people of Sansani, and this he said will in no small measure assist in eradication of water related illnesses. He called on well-meaning citizens to emulate what HSI is doing.

Powishi Mongoro: Tears flowed freely as the people of Powishi Mongoro staged a drama to demonstrate their sixty years of

Drama portraying their struggles of searching for water with no available well.

Drama portraying their struggles of searching for water with no available well.

suffering without any reliable source of drinking water. Their spokesperson Yila said taking a bath was a rarity, which it turn made it difficult for their young men to get suitors for marriage because no lady would want to come and live in Powishi Mongoro. He further stated that when a lady marries in Powishi Mongoro she is given a donkey as a wedding present. This is to help her in the difficult task of searching for water that was faced in the community before the new borehole. 

It was a very historic and record breaking accomplishment for Hope Springs being the NGO (Non-Government Organization) that brought to an end the misery of the inhabitants of Powishi  Mongoro. The area has now become a mecca of sort as many people travel to see whether it is really true that there is water in that community. Mr. Zubairu Ahmad the District Head of Kalmai whose domain covers PM could not hide his joy, he was all smiles. He did not hesitate in calling on those who left PM because of the precarious water situation to return back there. Children like Samuel, mentioned in an earlier report, are ecstatic in celebrating their new found freedom. Sadly, they will still have to be traveling for miles to attend school because they do not have one yet in the village.


Group of women sing a song they composed thanking God for the new well.

Group of women sing a song they composed thanking God for the new well.

The women composed and sang a song whose central message was, “We are grateful to you Oh Lord, for you have mercifully heard our cries and at your own time brought HSI to bring our suffering to an end.” I also learned that before this time no one believed you could drill a well and get water here. This explains why HSI is now seen as an organization that has set a new record in this community in Gombe State.”

After the dedication of the second well, the group traveled to Konta, the drilling site of our third borehole. This is one of the villages that we visited during our visit in the fall of 2010.


Komta: Just as we arrived in Komta we learned that the drillers

Entourage arrives at Komta Village as new well is being flushed.

Entourage arrives at Komta Village as new well is being flushed.

were successful in getting water. The entourage of his Royal Majesty met them flushing the well amidst celebration from members of the community. Like Powishi Mongoro, there has never been a borehole in Komta in its 50 year history. This is another major achievement by Hope Springs. The joy of the people is hard to put into words.


The story of the commissioning can hardly be told in just one write up. I can only say to God be the glory for what he has done in the life of people in these three communities.”

Rambi

Rambi Ayala and his beautiful wife Asabi who assisted him in the dedication ceremonies.

Rambi Ayala and his beautiful wife Asabi who assisted him in the dedication ceremonies.

Through these three wells over 24,000 people now have access to clean and safe water. We still have a number of villages where we can drill new wells for only $3,000 each which is half the normal cost for a well. This is a wonderful opportunity for a church, Sunday school, business owner or entrepreneur to bring lasting change to one more village.

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I want to tell you about Michael

slide-1-728Michael believed that one person could make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.

Michael had been exposed to the need for potable water through the web. He began to search for organizations that were working to bring clean water to people in developing nations. He narrowed his search to two or three organizations. Hope Springs International was one of those organizations. Early in 2012 we met, talked and soon Michael said, “I want to work with Hope Springs and raise money to dig wells”. He set a goal and was off and running.

Michael began to promote his cause through his Facebook site. He talked to his friends and family, and before long we began to receive donations. Many of those donations were from Michael personally.

Now fast forward to August 2013. Over the last week or so you have read and

A new well is born!

A new well is born!

seen pictures of our well drilling in the village of Posishi Mongoro in Gombe State, Nigeria. On September 10th. we hit water and a new well was born. Michael’s efforts made this well possible.

Poshishi Mongoro was first established in 1953. For the last 60 years the only sources of water for this village were ponds they shared with their animals. Ponds subject to animal waste and ground water run off during the rainy season. Death and disease was just a way of life. Like most places without access to potable water half of the children never lived to their fifth birthday and others dealt constantly with other types of diseases. For the people that survived this village was their whole world. Many of these people have only heard stories of wells, but never expected to have one.

PM villageIn the backstory to this well I told you about Samuel. Every day’s adventure for Samuel was to put his Jerry cans on his donkey and ride in search of water. I hope you will go back and read that story. You see when you hear stories about thousands of people and their need for water it is often hard to relate, but when you see the personal story of lives that are changed, well it becomes real.

I hope one day Michael and Samuel can meet. But even if they don’t I can assure you; there will be a time of celebration in heaven for what God can do through just one person.

How about you? Think God might be able to use you to change thousands of lives or another Samuel? Got an idea? Need some assistance? We would love to help you fulfill your dream!

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It is a new day for Samuel

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

The drilling rig has arrived in Powishi Mongoro village, and there will soon be a new borehole/well from which to draw water. I say new day because for as long as Samuel was big enough he has ridden his donkey carrying two “Jerry Cans” and gone in search of water.

Samuel’s village of seven thousand has no well. The only sources of water are small shallow hand dug ponds and low lying areas that gather water during the rainy season and then are quickly depleted when the long nine month dry season begins. When these

Samuel in search of water.

Samuel in search of water.

sources dry up, the search for water begins, sometimes consuming the major part of the day. Samuel’s family is one of the lucky ones; they have a donkey. Many have to make these long journeys on foot.

Samuel helping other gather water

Samuel helping other gather water

Jerry Cans holds five gallons of water and weighs about 40 lbs. Many from this village must travel two or more miles to and from there water source only to bring back water shared with animals and contaminated by animal waste and ground water runoff. Cholera epidemics are common in these areas where there is no reliable source of potable water. Unsafe drinking water is a major reason that 50% of children die before their 5th birthday without access to safe drinking water.

Here is Rambi Ayala report on the arrival of the well drilling machine.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

“The staff and equipment arrived at Powishi Mongoro in readiness for the commencement of the borehole drilling. We praise God for it and covet your prayers for a successful drilling. The villagers couldn’t believe that it has become a reality for them to own a borehole. Samuel, one of the boys in the picture who was seen helping others at the pond was almost in tears in expressing his joy over the turn of event in their community, this will mean liberation for him from traveling long distances on donkey in search of water and drinking from the stagnant pond during the rainy season. Thanks to Hope Springs and the ever willing donors who are making this possible. Details to follow.” Rambi

Samuel's home

Samuel’s home

To those who give so sacrificially to make these wells possible here is God’s promise through Isaiah, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom by as the noonday.” 58:10

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I love it when God shows up and shows out!

This shallow pond is the only source of water for this village.

This shallow pond is the only source of water for this village.

Not only did we receive the $558.83 for the third well, we have $500. for well #4! (Here is the back story).

One special lady who wishes to remain anonymous sent this note about her PayPal donation. “Hi Lee, wanted you to know I gave one hundred dollars toward the third well. I decided that’s a whole lot more valuable, eternity wise, than anything I wanted,,,so this is a sacrifice I gladly give. Please don’t tell anyone …I just want it to be private…all the glory to Him for my brothers and sisters who need the water! With love.”

It warms my heart when I know the sacrifice that many folks make for the

Families and their animals share this water source.

Families and their animals share this water source.

sake of others. There gifts do more than provide water and feed orphans, they are transferred to the bank of heaven and credited to their account. Jesus said giving down here is laying up treasures in heaven.

More pictures and stories to follow on wells 2 and 3 in Gombe State, Nigeria. It is all about lasting change, one village at a time!


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Help Us Make It THREE Wells!

Smiles from the first well will be increased by the thousands!

Smiles from the first well will be increased by the thousands!

Earlier this month I told you about a special opportunity we have to drill 4 to 6 wells in Gombe State, Nigeria for only $3000 each. The first of those wells is pumping crystal clear water for the Sansani Village. Funds have now been made available for a second well and we are only $558.83 away from having enough to drill a THIRD well!

I will be making the wire transfer of funds for the second well on August 29th. We are asking God to use someone(s), a church, Bible class, or business to help us with the $558.83 balance we need for the third well so we can wire these funds also.

Will you help us spread the word? Donating is easy. Click HERE and then the DONATE button. Or because of the short time if you donate by check to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 also send me an email and let me know your check is in the mail: leehodges45@gmail.com.

YOU CAN CHANGE THOUSANDS OF LIVES WITH JUST THIS SMALL AMOUNT!


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Special note from one of our supporters

img667aabbA recently drilled well in Sansani Village was made possible by a generous gift from a wonderful Christian lady in Texas. Here is a note I received from her after she learned of the completion of this well. (You may need to click on the note to read it).

I believe there are many others who would be willing to follow Betty’s example… if they only knew of the opportunity. Many churches or members of a Bible class would band together to do the same… if they knew about this opportunity. Will you take the lead and help spread the word? Your efforts will bring lasting change to thousands of lives.

Donate at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075