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WHEN DESIRE AND OPPORTUNITY MEET

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal

Cecilia Omal rides her bike 15 miles one way on dirt foot paths through the bush to and from school every day. Most girls her age would spend their days walking miles to fetch water for their family. Many her age would have already been given in marriage by her parents to some man willing to come up with her dowry. But there is an important back story to why Cecilia is receiving an education and dreams of becoming a nurse one day.

When Hope Springs first heard of Dono-Manga, Chad it was through a cry for help. Out-of-service wells and contaminated water sources had resulted in the death of 300 people in a 6 months period of time. The majority of deaths were children under the age of 5. Funerals and the sound of mourners were heard on a daily basis.

Over the months that followed the funerals virtually stop. Hope Springs and

Well on compound grounds.

Well on compound grounds.

its partners would repair 26 out-of-service wells and drill 35 new wells. There were now enough wells that the daily activities of children no longer centered on walking miles for contaminated water. Wells with clean safe potable water were close by and easily accessible to all.

About the time these wells came online a school was started at our orphanage compound. Today that school has grown to an enrolment of almost 700 students in four primary grades. Cecilia was one of the first to enroll. Today she can read and write in French and English. She is also excited at the prospects of a new High School planned in the near future that will enable her to continue her education.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Some of the almost 700 students enrolled.

Our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala recently spoke with Cecilia. Rambi said, “She expresses the audacity of hope that is reverberating among the school children of Dono-Manga”. He continues, “Cecilia looks forward to her graduation next year to enable her to proceed to high school. When I asked her how she feels coming this far she said, “I am thankful to God and Hope Springs who provided us with the opportunity to go to school, and I look forward to serving my community as a nurse.”

Cecilia is just one of the hundreds of lives that have been changed forever because of those who partner with us at Hope Springs. If you would like to join us in changing lives you can donate at our website: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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What do you see?

L-R, Paul Tustin, Jerry Reynolds, M/M George Boresman, Lee Hodges, Neldon Watson, Paul Coffman, Tom Dockery, A.J. Rollings, James Jarrett, Charles Scott, Bob Frahm

L-R, Paul Tustin, Jerry Reynolds, M/M George Boresman, Lee Hodges, Neldon Watson, Paul Coffman, Tom Dockery, A.J. Rollings, James Jarrett, Charles Scott, Bob Frahm

I learned many things from my first trip to Ghana, West Africa in 1969. The most frustrating lesson is this. You can share your experience, but you can’t share the experience. When you see a picture or hear a report you are only participating in the experience of another.

  • You can’t hear the chatter of hundreds of people speaking another language.
  • You can’t smell the diesel exhaust, the unforgettable stench of garbage rotting on the streets, open sewers.
  • You can’t feel the oppressive heat and humidity.
  • You can’t see the sandy haze that blots out the brightness of the
    Street preaching

    Street preaching

    sun and blows across the Sahel of West and Central Africa from the dust storms from the Sahara. They call it Harmaton.

That first visit to Ghana many years ago changed me forever. I have never been the same. When I view pictures of suffering and need in the world my heart aches for something to be done.

Today the words of Jesus resonate with me, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt. 9:36.

You can see with eyes of compassion.

In his book, “Unfinished…Believing is only the beginning”. Richard Stearns speaks of the two kingdoms the people of the world live in. One is “The Magic Kingdom”. This kingdom is filled with all of the blessings that most of us in the West experience everyday of our lives.

Children5The other is “The Tragic Kingdom”.  In “The Tragic Kingdom” …

  • Millions go to bed hungry each night. One billion are chronically short of food and are slowly starving to death.
  • Two billion children are underweight or stunted.
  • 783 million in “The Tragic Kingdom” have no access to clean water, not a drop. They walk miles each day to dip their buckets in filthy, bacteria-ridden water that makes them sick and kills their children.
  • There are 18 million orphaned children in “The Tragic Kingdom.”
  • 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. (These statistics taken from page 49, “Unfinished” by Richard Stearns).tithing

This is something that God sees every moment of every day.

To us it seems hopeless. It isn’t! We often feel helpless. But there is a solution!

Abraham did it. It was a requirement of the law given to Moses for Israel. I believe it was practiced by the infant church of the first century. And if Christ followers in the 21 Century practiced it…

“If Christians all gave a tithe; the US church would have an extra $168 billion for missions and service. The cost to give the whole world primary education, clean water, and basic health care and nutrition would cost just $28 billion. Think how the world would change with the resources to share the good news!” (Richards Stearns Facebook site).

If that is true, and I believe it is who is ultimately responsible to do something about the suffering in this world? What group of people should care more than those who have been bought by the precious blood of Christ?

When people ask, “Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering in the world?” His “silence” is because He has already spoken. We are His hands and feet, His ambassadors, His children. We have been blessed with the means to do it, so what is the problem?

Priorities!

Children in School (3)No single person, church or organization can do it alone, but working together we have been given everything we need to do everything He asked of us.

So it is not a matter of ability, it is a matter of will.

I have seen with my own eyes what can happen when just a few people who know they can’t do everything, decided to do something. Hope Springs International was born out of exposure to an urgent need, an S.O.S. Hundreds of people, mostly children, were dying.

In just 4 short years…

  • Over 100,000 people have access to clean water.
  • 60+ orphans are being cared for.
  • Hundreds of lives have been saved, and many more are being saved because they have access to medical Pupils in School (124)care.
  • Over 600+ students are receiving an education they only dreamed of a few short years ago.

Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming of it.”

So let me close by asking, “Who is blessed more, those who receive or those who give? According to Paul, Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). I know this to be true from personal experience. Many of you reading this know this to be true also. But there are many more who will never know the truth until they put the words of Jesus to the test.

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A Goal To Bring Lasting Change…We are making progress!

water15aPreventable Disease By the Numbers

1.5 million kids die annually from diseases that are easily preventable through routine vaccinations. (World Health Organization)

1 million people die of malaria each year. (Compassion.com)

30,000 people die weekly from illnesses caused by unclean drinking water. 90 percent of these deaths are children. (Charity Water)

17 million kids were orphaned because of AIDS in 2011 (globalhealthfacts.org)

As discouraging as these figures can be, we are making progress!

The global mortality rate from malaria has dropped 25 percent since 2000.

In Africa, the malaria death rate has fallen 33 percent in the same time frame.

Vaccination programs have resulted in a 74 percent decrease in measles deaths worldwide.

God calls us to not only meet these needs, but to empower people for sustainable and lasting change. Hope Pupils in School (124)Springs International provides deep water wells, affordable health care, training in dry season farming and animal husbandry as a means to accomplish these goals. Each project is planned with an exit strategy in mind and a time line when each work will stand on its own with minimal or no ongoing support will be needed. Even our orphanage is being structured to one day be able to function without the need of outside support.

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isa. 58:10, 11.

Your gifts are bringing lasting change. Donate here: www.hopespringsint.com


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Witch Doctors – Wells – and Jesus

Animism is the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies. Practitioners, often called “witch doctors”, cast spells or incantations in an attempt to heal the sick, and control the events in the lives of others, some good – some evil. It is a major influence in many of the villages that surround the District of Dono-Manga where we are presently working.

Pierre Rimorbe and his team of ministers have identified seven villages without any Christian presence where animism is the major influence. Each of these villages has a population of approximately 1500. Pierre and his ministry team are seeking to establish a foothold for the Gospel through the children from one of these villages who are attending our school in Dono-Manga.

All seven of these villages have an out-of-service well which causes severe hardship for the villagers and their animals. We began our work in Chad by repairing existing wells that had been out-of-service for years. We believe repairing these wells will go a long

One of the 26 wells repaired by Hope Springs International in 2009

way to opening the hearts of these villagers to hear the Gospel.

I have mentioned before how people from an animist background used to call ministers in Dono-Manga, “blood suckers”, because they thought they were just trying to get what little they had. This is no longer the case in Dono-Manga as people have seen the message of Christ coupled with love in action.

Would you consider partnering with these evangelists in reaching a village for Christ? Each well can be repaired for only $400.00 and when repaired will provide water for 1500 people and their animals. But more importantly it will be a visual testimony of the love that Christ has for them. Much like Jesus did for the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, a conversation about physical water can turn into a message about living water.

IDEA! This would be a great project for a Youth Group, Sunday School Class or just a group of friends and co-workers. Contact us for more information: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com


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Hope Springs International Receives Check For $6,000 From CrossFit Hendersonville.

CrossFit Hendersonville is all about physical fitness, but for many of its members it’s also about making a difference in their community and the world. In January of this year owner Lindsey McDuffie and a group of there members made a commitment to help Hope Springs International ship our recently purchased well drilling rig to Chad, Central Africa. At that time we estimated the cost would be $10,000. Lindsey said, “We can do that”! On Saturday May 19th. Lindsey presented Hope Springs International with their first installment of $6,000. From July through September events will be held to raise the balance needed to reach their goal. As you can see the “can do” spirit that permeates this group applies to more than just physical fitness.

Since 2009 Hope Springs’ projects have rehabbed 26 out-of-service wells, and drilled 35 new wells bringing clean water to an estimated 91,000 people. Shipping this new rig to Chad will enable us to drill many more wells in target villages throughout southern Chad. Each time we add a new well another 1500 people on average receive safe drinking water. We deeply appreciate the efforts of Lindsey McDuffie and CrossFit Hendersonville, and their decision to bring lasting change to a small part of our world. If you would like to check out CrossFit of Hendersonville here is a link to their web site: http://crossfithendersonville.com/

If you would like to learn more about how you or your group can make a difference drop us a note at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. We would love to partner with you to bring lasting change to our world, one village at a time.

 


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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