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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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Where else can you change a life for only 20 cents?

IMG_20130805_163701The smiles on their faces as the well drilling rig came to the village said it all. Our prayers have been answered, praise God!

Over the last few months our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala has been working with government officials and local drilling companies in Gombe State, Nigeria to negotiate the best price for drilling a well. When we moved our base of operation here almost three years ago we realized there was a great need in many of the rural villages for potable water. We have been able to reach

Rambi and Yusuf Solomon Pastor of the ECWA Evangelical Church.

Rambi and Yusuf Solomon Pastor of the ECWA Evangelical Church.

an agreement with the local drilling company to drill wells in 4 to 6 villages for only $3,000 each. The $3,000 dollar price is half the normal charge of $6,000. The targeted villages are those with the greatest need for clean water.

Due to the generosity of a lady in Texas we began drilling the first well in the village of Sansani on August 5th. This village and surrounding areas have a population of 15,000 people. Their only water source before we arrived was a shallow well dug by hand in February of 1945, 4 months before I was born, 68 years ago. This shallow well was often contaminated by seepage of unclean ground water resulting in sickness and death.

The Village Chief of Sansani, Mr. Dogo Tela Eli

The Village Chief of Sansani, Mr. Dogo Tela Eli

I received a phone call from Rambi this morning (August 6th.) with the news that the well is finished and clean water in available in Sansani Village! The drillers worked through the night and finished at 3:30am.

The new well is sealed and has a hand pump. This is so much better that the sections of inner tubes sewn into a makeshift bucket lowered by rope and them drawn up by hand.

The other villages needing a well are of similar size and are faced with the same challenges as the people in Sansani Village.

This is a wonderful opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of

The old well. Notice the rope notches in the concrete.

The old well. Notice the rope notches in the concrete.

thousands of people in need. There are many ways to help but one of the greatest is to make a donation yourself and then spread the word to your friends, your church group or neighbors. All donations for wells will be used for wells. You may give at our website: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Where else can you change a life for 20 cents????????????????????????????????

245=February 1945

245=February 1945

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How Do You Say NO To Kids Who Want To Learn?

The thatch protects from the sun, but also hampers air flow.

The thatch protects from the sun, but also hampers air flow.

Sebastian and his growing number of teachers just can’t say no to children who are hungry to learn. Our teachers understand that each of these children is blessed with the ability to learn, a unique personality filled with excitement and joy. They just happen to be born in geographical area of deep poverty in rural Africa without opportunity or the education to change their circumstance in life.

Many of us remember our grandparents talking about how far they walked to school and the hardships they went through to receive an education. We find it hard to relate to those stories, but these kids know all about walking miles each way to and from school each day. They have dreams of becoming doctors, nurses, educators and leaders, but until Sebastian opened the school in

The Vice Chairman of Dono-Manga has moved his daughter to our school because of the excellent work of our teachers.

The Vice Chairman of Dono-Manga has moved his daughter to our school because of the excellent work of our teachers.

Dono-Manga, those were just “fantasy” dreams, dreams without hope and opportunity.

Today is a new day in Dono-Manga. I am confident that many of the children’s faces you see in pictures today will go on to continue their education and will become influential Christian leaders who will provide the solutions to many of the problems that Chad is facing today. One day they will look back and realize Christians in the US believed in them, sacrificed for them and they will gratefully do the same for others of their own nation.

L to R Marc, Sebastien (Director), Pierre, Matthew, Ivesco, Alphonse, Prudence

L to R Marc, Sebastien (Director), Pierre, Matthew, Ivesco, Alphonse, Prudence

Our group of dedicated teachers receives little or no income from their services. Sebastian has worked for the last two years since starting this school without one penny of support. Sebastian and these teachers are making a sacrificial investment in the next generation.

In 2010 we prayed for the completion of the Jordan Health Center and a new Orphanage Compound.  Today both of these have become a reality and an addition to the Jordan Health Center is underway.

So today we pray again. This time we pray for a permanent school building with classrooms instead of the thatch huts that leak when the rains come and school has to be postponed. We pray of a well-ventilated building making learning possible when the heat is oppressive. We pray of adequate school supplies, and uniforms required by the government.

Sebastien started the school and has not received compensation during this time because he believes in these children.

Sebastien started the school two years ago and has not received compensation during this time because he believes in these children. If you would like to help support Sebastian contact us for more information.

 

If you’re thinking, “That will cost a small fortune!” you are wrong. We can build this school, furnish it and provide school supplies all for less than $50,000. Yes a school for over 600 students!

Will you allow God to use you to answer our prayers and fulfill the dreams of our teachers and students for a school building? Make an investment in these children that will produce dividends of lasting change for years to come.

Send your gift to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or make your donation online at http://www.hopesprings.int.


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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Luke 4:18

Living in the USA with all of its blessings makes it difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in the poverty so common in Africa. Poverty without opportunity to change you circumstances.  But it is more difficult to imagine what it would be like to have Polio or to have been born with a birth defect. Poverty without opportunity is one thing. Poverty without opportunity and a handicap is a much different story.

Children with handicaps, if they live through the birth process, are most always doomed to a life of begging for their very livelihood. They are shunned, teased and become the outcasts of society. They can’t run and play with the other kids. They live on the sidelines of life watching others doing what they will never be able to do. They live day to day with one desire, survival.

Thanks for putting big smiles on the faces of our kids!

This would have been the case for Ndorhotodje and Ogoita, two physically challenged kids who are now attending our school in Dono-Manga. Ndorhotodje lost the use of  both of his legs to complications from Polio and Ogoita was born with a congenital birth defect. Rambi reporting on his recent trip said about these two, “They are so excited to have found this opportunity to learn. They lived so far away from the school that walking back and forth in their condition was not possible, but now they live here. They look forward to being useful to themselves and others after obtaining their education, instead of being a liability to anyone. They are not deterred by their handicaps.”

These two children and the other 373 kids attending school, made possible by your gifts, remind me again why God opened the door to work in Dono-Manga, Chad. The words of Richard Stearns, in his book, “The Hole in Our Gospel” come to mind often when I think of our kids in this remote poverty stricken area of southern Chad. “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”

Thanks to each of you who support Hope Springs International. You make this work possible.


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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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CAN OUR GENERATION END EXTREME POVERTY?

I was blessed to be able to attend Catalyst in Atlanta last week. One of the speakers was Dr. Scott Todd one of the leaders of 58 and the author of “Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty.” The data he shared was eye opening. People living in extreme poverty dropped from 52% in 1981 to 26% in 2005. In just a 30 year period there was a 50% decrease. But that is not all. In the past 20 years child mortality rates have been cut in half as well.

Todd showed a video where people from a number of different countries were asked the question, “Do you think that extreme poverty can be eliminated in our generation?” People from country after country responded with a resounding yes! But when Americans were ask the same question they did not believe it was possible. Todd said that low expectations and a wrong interpretation of Jesus’ statement, “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:11), have led to low expectations and in turn has fed apathy toward the possibility.

Here are some more compelling figures. There are 138 million committed Christians in America who have a total income of $2.5 trillion per year. But that group only gives away 3% of their income.

Todd challenged us with the words of Isa. 58:6, 7, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Todd then said, “God has given us everything we need to end extreme poverty. No question. And it’s clear what He wants. The question is, what do we want?”

At Hope Springs International we have seen the change that Todd speaks about first hand. We have seen funerals for children under the age of five go from one a day to seldom just by providing potable water from deep wells that have be drilled. We have seen sick children get well because of the availability of drugs from our dispensary. We have seen scores of people come to Christ because they have experienced firsthand the no strings attached love of Christ as they were taught about the salvation that is only available through Him.

We believe that God has given us a mission that has only just begun that will spread from our work in Dono-Manga to all of southern Chad. Will you join us in making this a reality?  Your sacrificial gifts will continue to save lives and enable ministers on the ground to share the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord.  You can make donation on line at: www.hopespringsint.com or mail your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.