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Seeing the heart of Jesus in a child.

1001682_10151796304653156_192419833_nOne of the joys of the season is getting to spend special time with family and friends. We were blessed this past Friday evening to have dinner with Brad and Jennifer Blake and their four children. The Blakes are former long term missionaries to Nigeria. Three of the Blake’s four children were born in Nigeria, and Brad is the only American that I know that speaks the Hausa language fluently. Hausa is the local language of northern Nigeria.

 
As we were talking after dinner 9 year old Musa, (the Blake’s third child in birth order, and yes Musa is a Nigerian name), came to his dad with a very sad look on his face. Musa had brought an envelope with him with $20.00 in it, and he was telling his dad that he had lost it. Brad and Musa retraced his steps, but the lost envelope was no were to be found. His mom Jennifer sensing how disappointed he was opened her

The Blake Family

The Blake Family

purse and counted out $20.00 and gave to him.

 
As I watched these events unfold I was thinking to myself, the $20.00 must have been some of his Christmas money or something he had saved to buy something special that he wanted. I was so surprised and touched to the heart when he walked around the table to where I was seated and handed me the money. He wanted half of the money to go to the kids at the orphanage and half to our medical clinic both of which are in Chad. My heart melted and all I could think was Praise God!

 
Jennifer told us that Musa has always had a heart for, and a desire to help the less fortunate. She said that he will often put together small care packages in small plastic bags, with things like toiletries and snacks. While they are out and about if they see a homeless person he will ask his mom to stop so he can give them one of the packs.

 
Musa is only nine years old. His heart speaks volumes about his mom and dad. But it also forecasts the future. Can you imagine what God can and no doubt will do with someone so committed to the things that HE is committed to.

 
Many things have touched my heart in the years that I have worked with Hope Springs International, but those that touch me the most are the kids who give out of a concern for other kids and those in need. We have had a number of children donate their birthdays and ask that money be given to Hope Springs instead of gifts for themselves. Sometimes the things we experience in life cause us to become calloused and hardened and as adults we lose that childlike heart. Then a child like Musa comes along and right before our eyes we remember. We remember when we cared like that too.

 
Thank you Musa for reminding us how Jesus responded to the needs of others He met. Thank you for reminding us that we used to be that way too, and maybe, just maybe, we could be that way again.

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I Cannot Get My Mind Around These Numbers!

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers DON’T include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers…
I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot get my mind around these numbers. But you and I can change that number by one or two. For only $50 per month you can feed, clothe, educated and teach life sustaining skills to one child.
That won’t solve the world wide problem, but it will be a solution for one child. We still have 15 opportunities for someone to change a life and give them hope. Will you choose one and make that difference in

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

their life?

Medical care is readily available at our Jordan Health Center which is only 30 yards from the orphanage compound. All children attend our school which is located within the the orphanage compound. The children are learning French (Major language of Chad), English and the Bible among other subjects.

Sponsorship is easy. Pick a child. Drop us an email with the child’s name to: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. Your donations can be made each month or you may set up a monthly debit by Check or Debit/Credit Card at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com. Just click the donate button and you will be taken to the donation site. Full sponsorship of a child is $50.00 per month or half sponsorship for $25.00 per month.

Sponsor a child yourself or get a group from you work place to do this together. This is a great project for a bible class or a family. This small amount will make all the difference to one child.

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The Flip Flop Saga Continues…

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

It continues to be obvious that God wanted our kids in Dono-Manga to have shoes on their feet. A lady that works for Dollar General Corporation just dropped off 300 pairs of flip flops, brand new, assorted sizes and colors. She was able to purchase the whole lot for $10.00. Yes, you read that right. That works out to be less than 4 cents a pair! And I thought that getting 3500 pair for 20 cents a pair was cheap.

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If you missed how this story began click here.


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Blessed By Our New Internet Connections To Dono-Manga

Children in School (6)Hearing them reminded me again that what we are doing is so very important.

Our new Skype connection with Dono-Manga, Chad has brought us so many blessing this past week. It was made even more special this morning as Barb and I watched and listened to our now 63 orphans sing, “We must follow Jesus no matter how rough the road”. Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, had taught it to our team of four as we traveled many hours across three nations in Africa in 2010. Now during his visit to Dono-Manga he taught it to our orphans.

As the song ended with hands waving with thumbs up and shouts of “Thank You”, I thought of the 7 ladies who have faithful

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

provided the monthly donations that enable us to feed these children. I remember also when we returned from our trip in 2010 sharing the dream of providing an orphanage “someday” in Dono-Manga and two families stepped to the plate and said we will do that. Within a matter of a few months the orphanage was built complete with a walled compound, their own well, and the location chosen was less than 100 yards from the Jordan Health Center that would provide for their health care.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

It will soon be 4 years since we answered that first SOS from Dono-Manga. There has not been one day during that time that I questioned that this was the work of God’s hand. It is without a doubt the most humbling work I have ever been a part of.

To those of you who support this work, thank you seems so inadequate to express how we feel about you. You are not only a blessing to the people of Dono-Manga, you are a blessing to us as well. Without your willingness to be used by God we simply could not do what we do.


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“70 year old grandmother cares for 12 children in a one room hut.”

“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

Meal time

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.

Children in front of completed Orphanage

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.


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“Our children are dying every day from Malaria. Please pray for our orphans!!”

We have just received this urgent message from Pierre Rimorbe, Evangelist in Dono-Manga, Chad.

Pierre continues, “The rainy season has brought a sharp increase in the cases of Malaria, especially among the children in Dono-Manga. At the moment our Jordan Health Center is overwhelmed dealing with cases of Malaria day and night. There is a great need for treated mosquito nets which has proved helpful in the prevention and reduction of cases in the past.”

In our last update, we challenged you to be a ripple. We asked for you to help make a difference of life and hope for the people of Dono-Manga.

This situation of Malaria-caused deaths still escalates and now the situation is dire for the children and pregnant women of Dono-Manga, Chad.

Now we beg you to help us save lives.

The treated mosquito nets we are seeking are only $10 each. We need to make an emergency wire transfer on August 16th. We are

Nursing Mother receives a treat mosquito net.

there not just to teach them life sustaining skills and spread the love of our Father, but we are there to save lives and give them a chance.

$10 to potentially save a life seems like a small price to pay for us. Let’s respond to this emergency call from Pierre Rimorbe to save these children with an answer that says, “your children matter!”

100% of your donations goes directly towards the purchase of these life saving treated mosquito nets. We need to hear from you as soon as possible! Send you donations to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or donate online at our website Hope Springs International and look for the PayPal Donation Button

Facts about Malaria*

The African Region accounts for 85% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths worldwide.

Malaria causes avoidable and often catastrophic spending for households and is an obstacle to the development of affected African communities and nation

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  1. 85% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years of age. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
  2. Malaria episodes in pregnant women cause anemia, and other complications in the mother and newborn child.
  3. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  4. In 2010, malaria caused an estimated 655 000 deaths (with an uncertainty range of 537,000 to 907 000), mostly among African children.
  5. Malaria is preventable and curable.
  6. Malaria is the 2nd leading cause of death from infectious diseases in Africa, after HIV/AIDS.
  7. Pregnant women have increased susceptibility to Plasmodium falciparum malaria; in malaria-endemic countries, P. falciparum contributes to 8-14% of low birth weight, which in turn decreases the chance of a baby’s survival.
  8. Malaria kills more African children than any other disease.
  9. People who have little or no immunity to malaria, such as children and pregnant women, are more likely to become severely ill and die if bitten by an infected mosquito.
  10. Children who survive episodes of severe malaria may develop learning impairments and brain damage.

*The above information is from the World Health Organization and CDC


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Three Questions

“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: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.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.