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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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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.


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We Give Thanks

Orphans Celebrate Their New Home and New Well.

 

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


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Hope Springs International Teaming Up With CMI Medical Missions For Medical Campaign

Hope Springs will be teaming up with CMI Medical Missions for a large scale medical mission to Dono-Manga, Chad early next year. The team will consist of medical Doctors, Dentist and other medical support personnel.  Dr. Eni from Maiduguri, Nigeria, who is on the teaching staff of the training hospital there, will also be joining us. Of first importance will be to assess the medical needs of each of the 41 orphans at our orphanage and the rest of the 325 students enrolled in the newly establish school. After that our team will treat as many as possible from the community during the remainder of our stay.

Our dispensary in Dono-Manga has been seeing about 150 people per month many coming from great distances as the word continues to spread. This campaign will no doubt bring more attention to the help that is available in this very remote area of the nation of Chad and greatly increase the opportunity to share the message of Christ as well.

Efforts are underway to be sure the dispensary is stocked with the necessary drugs to cover this special trip when as many as a thousand people may be seen. Many of those who will be treated would never have the opportunity to see a doctor without an effort like this.

Todd has been with Murfreesboro based National HealthCare Corporation for over 15 years.

It is such a pleasure to work with true professionals in an effort like this. Directors Todd Moore and Dr. Matthew Tincher are experienced leaders and have made numerous medical mission trips, some of the most recent to Haiti and Honduras.

Matt is the medical director for the Emergency Department at Horizon Medical Center in Dickson, TN.

We solicit your prayers for this upcoming trip as there will be difficult days of travel to and from Dono-Manga, and long hot days of ministry to those in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a few of the 325 children enrolled in the new school that will be getting medical care during this campaign.


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Praise God for Those Who Sponsor Our Kids In Dono-Manga, Chad

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: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Only God knows the value of your investment in a child.


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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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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