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Magic Kingdom – Tragic Kingdom

walt-disney-worldIn his latest book, “Unfinished…Believing is only the beginning”, Richard Stearns of World Vision asks an interesting question. “What would people be like if they had been born and raised inside the Magic Kingdom park (Walt Disney World), and had never seen the outside world? Since our worldviews are shaped by our contexts, imagine what a distorted worldview they would have.” Pg. 41BbgqfkgNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_46.

In the rest of this chapter of Stearns’ book he develops the contrast between the blessings we have here in the USA, our own “Magic Kingdom”, as compared to living in what he calls the “Tragic Kingdom” and life in one of the developing (Third World) nations. He speaks at some length describing the Magic Kingdom’s many blessings and conveniences that are available, things that we take for granted, and have come to “expect” because they have always been a part of our lives.

Stearns then turns his attention to the realities of the “Tragic Kingdom”. His list is real and tragic:

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas was the only source of water for this village of 7,000 until they received their new well.

  • One billion are chronically short of food.
  • Two billion children under weight.
  • 783 million have no access to clean water at all.
  • Add to this the plight of wars, refugees, and 18 million orphaned children.

He then asked the question, “Are you feeling the heaviness yet? I am not done”.     

  • One third of the world lives on less than $2 per day.
  •  Three quarters live on less than $10 a day.

He closes this comparison of the kingdoms with this paragraph. “And, finally, the most terrible statistic of all: “nineteen thousand children under the age of five die every single day of largely preventable causes simply because they are poor. That’s almost 8 million children every year, one every four seconds. This is something God sees every moment of every day. Is this what you see”?

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Two different kinds of poverty. One with opportunity one without.

Most of us here in the US cannot wrap our minds around such statistics. A young man made a comment on our Hope Springs Facebook site recently. He said, “Quit sending all that money over there to help those people when we have so many that need help right here!” His comment struck a raw nerve and my first reaction was anger. But as I reflected on what he said I realized that that is the normal response of so many who have been raised all their lives in the “Magic Kingdom”. The worst conditions they have seen in the “Magic Kingdom” would be a dream come true for many who live daily in the “Tragic Kingdom.”

As 2013 draws to a close all of us at Hope Springs are so thankful for each of you who have seen what we see and made a decision to help us bring lasting change to the lives of so many people. Here is what your gifts have made possible in just this year alone.

  • The Jordan Health Center addition will be under roof in the next month.
  • We conservatively estimate that over 10,000 men, women and children have been treated at JHC.
  • 700+ children are now enrolled in Primary Grades 1-4 in a school without a permanent building, staffed by volunteer teachers, that has just been rated “Best in the Region”.
  • By the end of November over 140,000 people will have access to clean water in Gombe State, Nigeria.

God’s blessings have been so evident and we are excited about His leading into the future. We will be sharing some wonderful new challenges for 2014 and beyond in the coming weeks. We hope you will not only continue the journey with us, but will help us spread the word!

Why not partner with us for lasting change…one village at a time. Donate Here

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes

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Hope Springs School Judged Best in the Region

French class. English is taught as well.

French class. English is taught as well.

Exciting news just received from Pierre Rimorbi, project coordinator for Dono-Manga, Chad.

“Good news! School inspectors from Lai the state capital judged our school the best in the region this year after completing their inspection. We have more than 700 children enrolled in the school with eleven teachers and two guardians. The students are divided into ten classrooms.”

This school’s development and growth is an amazing story. A

Gathering for classes

Gathering for classes

young man from Dono-Manga named Sebastian, graduated from the Jos School of Biblical Studies and returned home a couple years ago and wanted to start a school. What began with a little over one hundred students has grown beyond our wildest dreams. Children now come from miles around to attend school.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

Part of our teaching staff. Sebastian is second from left.

One of the factors that has enabled such growth was our work to bring clean water to Dono-Manga. Many children were prevented from attending school because they spend their day searching for water. In 2009-2010 Hope Springs rehabilitated 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells providing clean accessible water to over 100,000 people. This has given many children the freedom to be able to attend school.

What is equally remarkable is that this has been done with a

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

Six more classroom have been added since this picture was taken.

mostly volunteer staff of teachers whose classrooms are makeshift thatch huts along the compound wall where our orphanage is located.

But what makes this most remarkable of all is that Dono-Manga is located in the middle of nowhere. This district is 60 miles off of the nearest paved road. When you get to that paved road from a cart path through miles of bush you are still over 100 miles from a city of any size. If you are not familiar with how this work began let me encourage you to take a few minutes and watch a short video of our beginnings. Click here

We will soon share plans for a permanent school building to house this growing school. We believe that through this school we will be able to bring lasting change to much of southern Chad.

If you would like to join us by supporting this journey you can go here to donate. CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW TO ENLARGE.

Proposed Building

Proposed Building


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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.

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