Your gifts will make this a very different Christmas in Dono-Manga this year. You may donate online at: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075
“Another minister just received a request for assistance from a widow that has just inherited 6 children due to the death of their parents.” These are just two of the stories Pierre Rimorbe shared in his recent report from Dono-Manga, Chad.
Our recently completed orphanage presently houses 41 orphans, but Pierre shares that there are over 100 orphans in the Dono-Manga District. AIDS, a long war with neighboring nations, malnutrition, cholera and other untreated diseases have caused the present crisis of children who roam the streets looking for a hand out to make it another day.
When parents die other family members try to help, but they have so little for their own families they often turn them away. Others, like the 70 year old grandmother mentioned above, try to stretch what little they have and in the process place their own lives at risk.
Children without parents in Dono-Manga are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. Children of parents who have died of AIDS are often considered outcasts and not
allowed to play with other children. Losing your parents is often compounded by the loss of the child’s birthright to their parent’s property. The end result is they become “street children”, begging for their very existence. Many young girls turn to prostitution to survive.
Money came in quickly to build our orphanage, but finding sponsorship for our 41 orphans has been much more of a challenge. Presently we have seven ladies who signed up to sponsor or help sponsor one of our children. (I have nick named them the “Magnificent Seven’). Their monthly donations have been used to feed all 41 children three small meals per day. These funds have recently been stretched to include 15 additional orphans who sleep outside the orphanage and receive one meal per day. These 15 ask to be allowed to stay not just for the food, but for an opportunity to attend the school whose temporary classrooms are on the orphanage grounds.
We have such a tremendous opportunity to be Jesus to these kids. James, the half-brother of Jesus who knew Him so well said, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27 NLT.
Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, asked a sobering question in his book, “The Hole in our Gospel”. “Does God have different levels of compassion for children based on their geographic location, their nationality, their race-or their parents’ income level? Does He forget their pain because He is preoccupied with other things? Does He turn the offending page to read the sports section or is His heart broken because each child is precious to Him? Every one of these children is His child – not somebody else’s.”
Each of these children has a name, a personality, and each is known and loved by God. We are committed to helping these 62 children. Their names are listed below. You may fully sponsor a child for $100 per month or partial sponsorship for $35 per month. All funds donated until we have full sponsorship for all children will be used to feed and clothe all the children to the extent that funds allow.
Are there places in our world with greater need? I am sure there are, but not many. Are there places easier to reach places to meet people’s need? I am confident there are. But you see this is a need that we have seen with our own eyes and that has touched our hearts. We have seen their tears, their smiles and that look of hopelessness in their eyes. We held these children and we told them we would find a way to help. Will you join us? Donations may be mailed to HSI, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or you may donate at our Website through PayPal: www.hopespringsint.com.
The recent visit to Dono-Manga, Chad by our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala and our Medical Adviser, Dr. Uche Eni, afforded them the opportunity to visit some of the 35 new wells that were completed in October of last year. Here is Rambi’s report in his own words describing the response of the people to the new wells.
“We were overwhelmed by the response of people in the communities that were benefiting from the wells provided by Hope Springs International. One of the community leaders, Doumtol Haroun, captured the mood of the people in the following words. ‘It is only God that can repay you for touching our lives with your project. Today we can see water very easily and our community is now the center of attraction. Our neighbors now come here to fetch water, our women no longer travel far to get not just water, but very clean water. We thank you very much.’”
Rambi continues, “In Gundari village it was the same expression of gratitude. Otodje Frederic was in tears of joy to show his gratitude for the water that they now have in their village. The people of Terr were also excited, and they could not hide their joy. “
As Americans we have what seems like a never ending supply of water for every purpose under the sun. In Dono-Manga one man expressed, “I never expected to have the opportunity to drink water from a well.” He had heard of it, but never thought he would ever see or drink water from one.
One of the 35 new wells was drilled just a few feet away from our orphanage. Rambi said, “The well at the Orphanage not only provides water for the orphans and the school, but people who live close by are now benefiting from it also.”
Since Hope Springs International came to Dono-Manga in 2009, 26 out-of-service wells have been repaired and 35 new wells have been drilled. The District Manager for Dono-Manga has trained a repairman who works with a committee from each village to oversee maintenance and repair of the wells to assure that they will continue to serve these communities for many years to come.
We have taken delivery of our new trailer mounted drilling rig and we look forward to shipping it to Dono-Manga in the very near future. This new rig
will enable us to continue to change and save thousands of lives, not only in the District of Dono-Manga, but in many other areas of Southern Chad. We have just learned that it will cost a minimum of $15,000 to ship this drilling rig. Lindsey McDuffie and the members of Crossfit Hendersonville have set a goal to provide $10,000 toward the shipping cost. If you would like to help, send your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or you may donate online at www.hopespringsint.com . Just click on the PayPal symbol and follow the easy instruction to send your gift.
“A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. Question 1: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler? Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil right conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? Question 3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people are poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?” (“Out Live Your Life”, by Max Lucado)
The Lord blessed me with a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a few of those poor and hungry. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of our 41 orphans at our orphanage in Dono-Manga, Chad. When I do I am also thankful for 7 ladies who fully or partially sponsoring 7 of our children. One of those ladies sponsors 2 children. They have become mothers to the motherless. In fact until sponsors can be found for the remaining 34 children, the money these ladies give enables us to provide at least two meals per day for all of our children.
I don’t know how you would respond to the three questions above. I know how these ladies have responded. I am thankful and proud of them. I know God is and I am betting their grandchildren will be too!
If you would like to join these ladies (and you don’t have to be a lady), and sponsor a child it is simple. Full sponsorship is $100 per month; joint or ½ sponsorship is $50 per month. Just drop us a note at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or email us at: email@example.com and let us know your intentions.
I love what was the Apostle Paul said about David in Acts 13:36, “After David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried.” NLT.
O Lord, what an amazing opportunity you have spread out before me—a chance to make a difference for you in a desperately hurting world. Help me to see the needs you want me to see, to react in a way that honors you, and to bless others by serving them gladly with practical expressions of your love. Help me be Jesus’ hands and feet, and through your Spirit give me the strength and wisdom I need to fulfill your plan for me in my own generation. In Jesus name, Amen.
On this Thanksgiving Eve we at Hope Springs International have so much to be thankful for. Because of generous hearts clean water is now flowing from 26 repaired wells and 35 new ones in Dono-Manga, Chad. Our new dispensary recently government certified as a “Health Center” is seeing over 1000 patients per month. Our 41 orphans have a new home. While only 7 of the 41 have sponsors, these funds are providing basic food needs for the children. We are also thankful for the new churches that have been established and the hundreds that have become Christians because they have seen the love of Christ in action.
We are thankful for each of you who have allowed God to use you in making all these things possible. May Father’s richest blessing be your on this Thanksgiving Day.
Lee Hodges, President
I know when it comes to sponsoring a child thousands of miles away across an ocean there are those who question, “Is it really worth it?” There are many great organizations out there and I can’t speak for them, but I know firsthand the value of child sponsorship in our orphanage in Dono-Manga, Chad. I have held some of them in my arms and I have looked into the eyes of the rest. Months before our arrival in Dono-Manga back in the Fall of 2010 I had a group picture of these orphans on my screen saver. Every day for months I had looked into their eyes and wondered how we could make a difference in their lives. On the morning when we arrived in Dono-Manga the children began to gather and one by one I began to recognize the faces from my screen saver. They were real. They were orphans. They needed our help.
God used two families to provide the orphanage and farm compound that we had only dreamed about. So far seven Godly women have stepped up to sponsor seven of our 41 kids. Even though we still have a number of children who need sponsors I have seen the dramatic change in their faces. But the question we began with was, “Is it really worth it?”
While we can’t see the future there are many examples out there of the successes of programs like ours. Allow me to share one success story that may cause you to consider sponsoring one of our kids. This is a story that was shared at a Catalyst convention about someone helped by Compassion International.
You can sponsor one of our children for only $100.00 per month. Half sponsorship for only $50.00. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Only God knows the value of your investment in a child.