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New Well for Our Orphan’s Home and Farm Compound

You can see the excitement on their faces. A place to live and now a well providing clean water for drinking and farm use. Thanks you for giving these kids hope and a future.

New pump being installed at Orphans Compound - Orphanage white building in background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New wall completed around farm compound. Small building in front of Orphanage is the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their smiles speak volumes.

Children help with blocks for well wall.


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IT’S CELEBRATION TIME IN DONO-MANGA

A special time of thanksgiving and celebration is planned next week in Dono-Manga.  Rambi reports, “There is excitement everywhere in the villages where the wells are being drilled.  Some could not believe that this is happening in their life time because they have never dreamed or imagined they would ever be able to drink from a clean water source. They have continued to give gratitude to God and souls are being won to Christ. A very big time of thanksgiving is being organized for next week to show their appreciation to God for the various projects that are being carried out by Hope Springs and to celebrate the return of Lazarus and Sabasten who recently graduated from the Jos School of Biblical Studies and returned to join in the work.

Pierre said that many people from surrounding villages that have been studying with various ministers, who have expressed a desire to make Jesus their Lord, will be baptized on that day. It is going to be a carnival. Top government officials are also expected to attend.”

Great progress is being made in drilling the wells. With the new equipment now in service they plan to complete the remaining 8 of the 20 previously scheduled wells and the newly funded 15 wells by the end of June before the heavy rains begin in July.

Rambi also reported that great progress is being made toward the completion of the Orphanage Farm Compound. Eight men are working full-time on this project. The goal is to have everything completed by the end of June.

If you have not read a recap of all that has happened in Dono-Manga over the last 2+ years then be sure to read, TODAY HAS BEEN A DAY FILLED WITH REFLECTION AND PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

God is at work among His people to lift up Christ through the message preached accompanied by a compassionate touch. “And he (Jesus) went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Matt. 4:23. This is our model as we reach out to a world that desperately needs the message of Christ.


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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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Forty-One Children Now Have A Home

Orphans and neighborhood children in front of new Orphanage with recently donated soccer balls

“The Orphanage is now completed.” Pierre’s brief message received this week means that our kids now have a roof over their heads and a place to call home. New bunk beds with mattresses will arrive this week and the children can begin to settle into their new home. Praise God for what He is doing through willing and generous hearts.

Meal Time

Phase Two has already begun with the digging of the foundation for the wall around the Orphanage and Training Farm Compound. Our goal is to complete all construction projects before the heavy rains begin in July. In addition to the wall we will be building a poultry house, goat barn and catfish tank. A section of land has been set aside for raising crops during this year’s rainy season. When the rains stop and the long dry season begins in November this land will become a drip irrigation farm. A well has been drilled on the compound property and will provide water for the orphanage and the farm.

Children divided into groups at meal time.

Plans are also in the works for a school on or near the compound that will provide an education for our kids and other children in the immediate area. More information will follow.

We presently have sponsors for 5 of our 41 children. $100 per month provides full
sponsorship and $50 half sponsorship of a child. Gifts of any amount are appreciated. Presently all funds, received for sponsorship, are being used to provide basic food needs. As sponsorships increase we will be able to do so much more. If you would like to see individual pictures of our children click here. If you would like to sponsor one or more children drop us an email at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.comor by regular mail to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. You may also donate online at: Hope Springs International.

These children are well mannered and respectful of others.

There is another very important way you can help. Help us get of the word about Hope Springs International and the work we are doing. Your influence is a tremendous asset. Share you excitement about the lives that are being changed with you friends and family. Send them a link to our Facebook Site or our Hope Springs Blog. Encourage them to learn more and join us in our partnership to save lives, and make lasting change today and for eternity.

The following pictures are of children being given the soccer balls donated by “The Goal Is Peace” and organization started by now 18 year old Mitch Arnold. Mitch has played soccer since he was 6. He is an avid follower of professional soccer in all parts of the world. Mitch has donated more than $27,000 worth of equipment to schools and orphanages all over the world.


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It’s All About The Kids – Sponsors Still Needed!

We now have sponsors for four of our kids. Only 37 more to go. Full sponsorship is $100 per month, half sponsorship is $50, and of course donations of any size will also be applied to the needs of our kids.

We expect to hear any day now that the construction of the new orphanage is complete. Plans are to begin the construction of the compound wall in May to be followed by construction of the goat barn, poultry house and catfish tank.  

What a blessing this small farm complex will be to this group of children. They will be given the ability to learn the skills they will need to survive and thrive in this hostile environment.

Word concerning the work of Hope Springs International reached the office of the Governor of the state who made a visit to Dono-Manga to see all that is being accomplished. The Governor was not only well pleased with our work but pledged his support for any future endeavors.

Thank you seems so inadequate to express the gratitude we feel for each of you who are making this work possible by your sacrificial giving. We pray God’s richest blessing will be yours for your willingness to be Jesus to these little ones. 

Let us know if you would like to sponsor one or more of our kids. Contact us by Email at www.rabboniblog.com by regular mail at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. We are also on Facebook at www.facebook,com/hopespringsinternational

CLICK HERE TO SEE INDIVIDUAL PICTURE OF OUR KIDS

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST PICTURES OF THE BEGINING OF THE ORPHANAGE CONSTRUCTION.


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Rambi Reports That Orphanage Construction Has Begun

All Brick For Construction Are Baked in Dono-Manga

 

The construction will be completed in just a few weeks. We need sponsors now for each of our 41 children that will live here. Full sponsorships are $100, half sponsorships $50 per month. Gifts of any size will be accepted toward the support of these children. Send your gifts to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Or you can donate online at www.hopespringsint.com

Your generous hearts are saving and changing lives. Thanks for being Jesus to these little ones and the greater Dono-Manga District of Chad.