Hope Springs International

Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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GREAT NEWS! It’s too good to be called good news.

great newsOn Monday one of our board member couples gave me a check for $10,000.00. This couple told me earlier, “We need to get this Health Center addition finished.” Now with their generous gift we have the funds to do just that. Praise God!

I am privileged to work with a great board of directors. Each of them brings special talents to the table. All of them have a deep love for the lost and a missional mindset. Just as God has directed and blessed this work from its beginning, He continues to bless us with key couples and individuals to serve on our board. A little over a year ago two other of our board members hosted a fund raiser that brought in the $8,000.00 needed to get this project started.

We are also deeply grateful to others who have given to this project as well. Working together God is causing His plan to unfold for this very remote area of Southern Chad. We are so blessed to be able to work with HIM.

Jordan Health Center has given us the opportunity to show the love of Christ to thousands since it opened some JHCAthree years ago. The message of Christ is shared with all who come for treatment. There is no way to know how many lives have been saved, but more importantly many have come to Christ and new churches have been established. People can no longer say they have never heard the name of Jesus.

Stay tuned for updated reports on the construction progress and other exciting new developments on the horizon. We serve a big God. As Perry Nobel said recently, “May we not be found guilty of “safe,” small and manageable thinking when God is able to do immeasurably more!”

If you would like to partner with us you may donate at: www.hopespringsint.com or by mail to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

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Barry Becker, Board Member and Best Friend: May 13, 1943 – October 14, 2012

Barry and his wife Darlene at their 50th Class Reunion

Barry and his wife Darlene at their 50th Class Reunion

I vividly remember the phone call that Sunday morning one year ago today. “Dad had a heart attack and is on his way to the Hospital”. Then moments later the second call…“ Lee, dad didn’t make it, he died”. We are never prepared for “that” call.

Barry Becker was more than my best friend. He was my son in the faith. I

At International School Evangelism in Pontiac Michigan

At International School Evangelism in Pontiac Michigan

baptized him into Christ. He was my student at International School of Evangelism for two years. He left a promising profession with his wife and four children to move to Michigan on a wing and a prayer to study and prepare to preach. And preach he did. Soon after graduation he would give birth to a new church in his home. Our family would join the work he began a few years later in

Store Front Meeting Place in 1980

Store Front Meeting Place in 1980

August of 1980 and work with the new Hanover Church of Christ. After our family left some 12 years later, Barry would preach for the Hanover church until his sudden death one year ago today. Barry was a great supporter of Hope Springs International (then Arewa Aid Inc.), and was one of our Board Members. He and Darlene visited our work in Nigeria in its infancy. What is know as Hope Springs International today was actually founded by his youngest daughter and son in law Jennifer and Brad Blake.

Over the last year there have been so many times I wanted to pick up the phone,

Barry preaching in Tema, Ghana West Africa.

Barry preaching in Tema, Ghana West Africa.

as I had done in the past, and share a personal struggle or joy. We both had done that for so many years. I miss those conversations so much.

This will be a tough day for Barry’s children. Barry’s wife and their mother Darlene is being cared for in an Alzheimer care facility as they experience the hardest of all anniversaries.  Join me in prayer for Chris Becker, Becky (Shawn) Fleming, Mark (Deena) Becker and Jennifer (Brad) Blake and all the Grand Children as they remember.

One year ago today Barry went to be with Jesus. I would not bring him back for all the money in the world. He has received the promised reward that he lived for all those years I knew him. He was a faithful child of God who led many to Christ until Father called him home. I am so blessed to have known him.

 Miss you brother. See you soon!


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Hope Springs International Adds Two Members To Their Board Of Directors

Left: Dr. Matthew Tincher, Right: Todd Moore

Left: Dr. Matthew Tincher, Right: Todd Moore

Hope Springs International is proud to announce the addition of two new members to their board of directors. Todd Moore, Director of National Healthcare Corporation in Hendersonville, TN and Dr. Matthew Tincher, Medical Director Horizon Medical Center, Dickson, TN.

Todd and Dr. Matt are principles in CMI Medical Missions and have been actively involved in leading medical campaigns to Haiti over the last few years. Their wealth of experience, knowledge and training will be valued assets to the present and future works of Hope Springs International.


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HOPE SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL MOURNS THE PASSING OF ONE OF ITS ORIGINAL BOARD MEMBERS

Barry E. Becker, was born on May 13, 1943 and entered into eternal life on October 14, 2012 at the age of 69, He was the son of the late Thomas L. and Carrie (Riley) Becker. Barry was the devoted husband of Darlene M. (Nace) Becker, to whom he was married for 50 years. Barry was a 1961 graduate of South Western High School and a graduate of the International School of Evangelism. Barry served as a faithful minister of the Gospel of Christ for 35 years with the church of Christ.

While Barry will be greatly missed, we rejoice that he has gained that for which he lived.