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A Surprise Blessing

DSC_0879 (2)I sat down to rest for a moment on a bench under a shade tree just outside the Jordan Health Center. An elderly gentleman sat next to me leaning against the tree making rope out of a pile of string. As he turned and looked at me I knew at once it was Martin Ramadengar. I had never actually met Martin in person, but I had told his story in a blog article written back in May of 2011.


Martin receiving treatment in May of 2011

“Martin Ramadengar was near death when his family learned of the new dispensary in Dono-Manga, Chad 20 miles from their village of Mouassede. Against all odds they made the long journey carrying Martin who was too weak to walk on his own. Pierre Rimorbe, lead evangelist in Dono-Manga, reported that during the next three weeks our nurse Eloi Madjiadoum treated Martin, and he is now able to walk on his own and is getting stronger every day. But the clinic did more than heal his physical body. During his three weeks of treatment he and his family were taught the Gospel of Christ. Martin and five of his family members were just baptized into Christ.”


Dr. Eni (left) Martin (Center) our nurse Eloi (Right)

In April of the following year our friend Dr. Eni and our Director of Operations for Africa Rambi Ayala visited Dono-Manga and shared a picture of a healthy Martin with a big smile on his face. At that time he had decided he was going to stay in Dono-Manga and not return to his home village.

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Martin making rope out of a pile of string.

Our visit came three years later and Martin is still in Dono-Manga. Martin is just one of the hundreds and hundreds of people who are alive and well because caring hearts were willing to give to make the Jordan Health Center a reality. If you would like to support this work click here to make your donaton.

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Late…But Not To Late

When I write about Dono-Manga, Chad I write a lot about the kids. Kids touch my heart. But there is another side to our work in Dono-Manga that involves the older generation. Many people from this remote area have never heard the Good News about Jesus. They don’t even know His name.

These folks have lived their lives getting by one day at a time. Their only plan for the future was to make it one more day. They have lived with hardship; they have lost children and loved ones. They have been close to death on more than one occasion, but have survived. Now they are old. Their faces speak of the long road they have traveled. Life has made them skeptical. They are filled with questions and superstitions, but when Christ is lifted up He draws even these to Himself.

Thirteen ministers are now sharing the Gospel in Dono-Manga on a daily basis. Many of those who are responding to the Gospel are nearing the end of their lives here on earth. How thrilling it is to see those with only a short time left come to Jesus and receive hope beyond the grave; a hope more wonderful than they can begin to comprehend. While we are excited to see our orphans and the other children of Dono-Manga learning about Jesus, we are equally as thrilled to see this older generation coming to Christ as well.

Untold millions remain untold. The great commission given by Jesus is just as urgent as ever. Thank you for partnering with us in bringing both young and old to a saving knowledge of Jesus.