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Madison Church Responds To “The Hole In Our Gospel”

Both campuses of the Madison Church of Christ took the month of February to read and share lessons based upon the life changing message of the recently published book, “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision. During services on February 21st worshippers at the main campus in Madison were given the opportunity to leave their seats and pass by a well model that had been constructed in the mall area of the building and drop in their change, dollars and checks to fund drilling wells in Ethiopia and Dono-Manga, Chad. Projects in both of these countries are sponsored by Healing Hands International and Hope Springs International.


On February 28th, a similar scene took place at the Knox Doss Middle School in Hendersonville, TN, where the NorthField campus of the Madison church meets for worship. At the beginning of services children passed by a “Pack and Play” draped with a mosquito net. The children’s classes during the month of February were collecting their change to provide mosquito nets for children in the same countries where the wells would be drilled. Teens at both campuses were involved in raising money for bicycles to provide preachers transportation as they spread the message of Christ.

Both campuses gave a total of fifteen hundred pounds of coins along with thousands of dollars in cash and checks. Between the two campuses over $20,000 was given for wells, mosquito nets and bicycles.

The wells that will be made possible with this money will not change the world, but it will change the world for the people who are blessed by the clean water that will soon begin to flow.

If you or your congregation would like more information on how you can make a difference in a small part of a world filled with suffering, contact us. We have villages and small cites waiting for some one to say I can’t change the world, but I can change the world for someone.

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A five member team left Maiduguri on November 7th for Dono-Manga, Chad to oversee the repair of out-of-service wells and to bring much needed medical aid to those suffering in this district in the depressed nation of Chad. They would also bring a message of hope beyond the suffering of this life and fourteen would accept the free gift and be born from above.

Team members included Sajou Katsala driver, E.A. Akpan and Ahanda Jauro, one of the Shepherds and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church. Bikang Mohammed, Evangelist for the Damaturu Church and team leader Ebenezer Udofia Operation Manager for our Pompomari Training Farm. After a night on the road our team arrived in Dono-Manga at 9:30 PM on Sunday evening. “The brethren and others at Dono-Manga gave us a warm welcome with songs, embraces and handshakes,” Ebenezer said.

The following morning team members went to meet with the head of the


 Dono-Manga District and area tribal chiefs. The Local Government Chairman gave a long speech of welcome.  He expressed his appreciation for all that was planned and at the same time made additional requests pertaining to the needs of the district. While noting that the most urgent need is water, he expressed that other needs are pressing as well. Among those were agricultural skills, health and general education.  Ebenezer reported, “He drew our attention to the havoc done to the community by HIV/ AIDS, water borne diseases and poverty resulting in a large number of orphans. He then issued a special request that we consider helping them to establish an orphanage as well as Basic English language classes to aid in communication.”

Ebenezer responded by expressing his thanks on behalf of the team for the warm welcome and shared that we have a desire to continue to help in the future. He then requested that the verbal requests made by the Chairman be put into written form so that it could be forwarded for consideration. The Chairman then assigned one of the cabinet members to accompany the team as they began the repair of out-of-service wells.

The days that followed were spent in repairing wells by day, and teaching by


 night. As repairs were begun it was learned that some of the wells were actually beyond repair and would require re-drilling. It was also learned that repair cost were under estimated, but in the end ten wells were repaired, some of which had been broken for more than five years.  Ebenezer said, “In each village we entered, the people came out in mass to receive us…In the area where the bore-holes were repaired people were full of appreciation for our organizations’ efforts in alleviating their sufferings. Some of the village heads presented chickens to us as a token of their appreciation.”


Although Dr. Eni, a medical consultant at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and a Deacon for the Wulari Jerusalem Church, was not able to make this second trip, he gave detailed instructions to Ebenezer about the dispensing of needed drugs and minor First Aid he might be able to provide while there. This was done in each of the villages where wells were repaired.

The Dono-Manga district is made up of 92 villages that contain a population of over 126,000. Some of the villages are 20-30 Kilometers apart and connected by bush paths and no roads. This area has been devastated by


 disease and malnutrition.  The number of deaths in these 92 villages this year is the highest ever. More than 50% of the children never reach the age of 5 and are the ones who suffer the most. Bloated bellies of children are not a sign of overweight, but just the opposite. It is a sign of malnutrition and a buildup of toxins in the body. Rather than a sign of health it can be a warning sign of pending death.

Ebenezer closed his report by saying, “These people will be eternally grateful for any and all efforts to rescue them from their present situation. The government is also very receptive and supportive of all who would be willing to help.”

The repair of out of service wells meets only the immediate emergency need to get water flowing again in parts of this district. New wells are the long term solution to this ongoing problem. Wells not only prevent water borne disease, they provide water needed for the development of agriculture. During the long 9 month dry season when no rain falls people suffer the most because they cannot grow food. Clean water and vegetables dramatically


 increase life expectancy and when followed by basic health education can save thousands of lives and open many hearts to God’s love for them.

Will you join me in prayer for the people of Dono-Manga? Will you also ask God to show us how we might be best used by Him to express His love and concern for the 126,000 + souls in Dono-Manga?


(More details and pictures in our upcoming December Newsletter. If you are not on our snail mail or email list, email us at rabboniblog@yahoo.com, or drop us a note at Hope Springs, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075

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Hope Springs International – Third Annual Benefit Dinner

November 12, 2009, 6:30 PM – College Hills Church of Christ, Lebanon, TN

This years dinner will benefit The Pompomari Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Training Farm. This small farm has become an oasis of God’s love in a barren desert land.  Join us as we praise God in celebration of past accomplishments and share a new vision for this frontier outpost on the edge of the great Sahara Desert to become self-sustaining.



Our Keynote speaker will be Josiah Tilton, Executive Director of Ghana West Africa Missions in Searcy, Arkansas. Si, as he is known by his friends, will share from his many years of experience as a missionary and his work with GWAM and their Rural Water Development Project and Village of Hope child care programs.



Also with us will be Chris Gingles, newly appointed Vice President for Healing Hands International and one of the Shepherds for the Madison Church of Christ in Madison, TN. Chris has just returned from a 5 nation tour of Africa during which he visited with our operations manager, Ebenezer Udofia in Dakar, Senegal. Chris will share with us a video interview with Ebenezer and his personal  impressions of this unique and talented servant of the Lord.



ONE WORD is made up of eight quality voices who love the Lord and love to sing.

Tickets are $12.50 and must be ordered no later than November 6, 2009

For ticket orders or more information call: 615.390.2134

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Street children in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Street children in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Richard Stearns in his book, “The Hole in Our Gospel” says, “Almost one in seven worldwide, 854 million people, do not have enough food to sustain them. This makes hunger/malnutrition the number one risk to health globally, greater than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. About 25,000 people die each day of hunger or related causes—nine million per year.”

While we realize the urgency and the need for food NOW to meet such a crisis, there is also the need to focus on the long term solution to this problem. Teaching people to feed themselves is a part of this long term solution. In many places in our world the only thing standing in the way of people being able to feed themselves is a lack of knowledge. People simply need to be taught the skills that will enable them to feed themselves.

Former Street Children Abdullahi and Yusuf now feed themselves and others who they met while on the streets.

Former Street Children Abdullahi and Yusuf now feed themselves and others who they met while on the streets.

At Hope Springs’ Pompomari Training Farm we have seen young an old alike take the simple skills of drip irrigation farming and totally change their lives. We have seen street children in their early teens learn to feed themselves and their friends. We have also seen families that struggled to find enough food to make it through the long nine month dry season turn a little piece of the desert into a thriving garden.

It is easy to look around and see people taking advantage of the system here in the US and conclude that the solution to poverty is for people to just get a job and go to work. But for the overwhelming majority of those in poverty in the world this is not an option. Millions who are suffering in poverty would gladly work or learn a skill if someone would just teach them.

Mammadu can now feed his family because of the Pompomari Farm and what he has learned.

Mammadu can now feed his family because of the Pompomari Farm and what he has learned.

Changing the statistics concerning hunger and malnutrition will not happen quickly enough for many, but for those you enable us to help through your prayers and gifts; it will make all the difference in the world.

Isa (Jesus) once said, “The poor you will always have with you…” With the poor also comes the responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference.