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Reasons to be encouraged!

JHCAMy last post was filled with sadness at the death of 5 year old Pandjelta. But when you have never had access to modern medicine you do what you have been taught to do. Superstition and ancient remedies rule the day in this remote area. So our work is not only to treat the sick, but to educate as well.

While there is sadness at this loss of this child there is great reason to rejoice as well. We just received a report about the Jordan Health Center, from our Director of Operations for Africa, Rambi Ayala, which is so encouraging.

“It is so gratifying to note what remarkable progress is being made at the Jordan Health Center. During a recent visit by a panel of inspectors from the Federal Ministry of Health, JHC was given an A rating for centers in the same category. The panel said JHC is growing fast and has the prospect in the future of being made a General Hospital.

Commendation was also given to Hope Springs for the initiative to come to the aid of the rural people in critical

New supply of medications being inventoried.

New supply of medications being inventoried.

need of medical care.  When one realizes how difficult it is to get to Dono-Manga you realize what a blessing JHC really is to this area.  It is for this reason that the government swiftly pledged its readiness to periodically assist in supplying drugs at a 50% discounted price. They lauded the ongoing project of new building at the center which they said meets the required standard.”

Below is a record of the patients that were treated over a 10 month period in 2013.

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It is hard to believe that this many people are being treated presently in a building no larger than a one car garage. All the more reason for our excitement as our new addition nears competition. This two ward 8 bed facility will be such a blessing.

Those coming for treatment are encouraged to pay at a greatly reduced cost. These funds are used to replenish our drug supplies. But from time to time we do have a need to provide additional funds to restock our drug supply because no one is ever turned away. The children at our orphanage and school (close to 700) are all treated as needed at no charge.

Your donations to Hope Springs International supply us with the funds to be sure that we always have needed medications on hand. Will you join us in bringing lasting change to one child, mother, and father at a time? You can donate here: www.hopespringsint.com or by check to Hope Springs Int’l, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075

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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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“More grease to your elbow.”

Treating a long line of patients happens daily at the Jordan Health Center

Treating a long line of patients happens daily at the Jordan Health Center

“More grease to your elbow”, is a Nigerian expression of encouragement for someone to continue the good work that they are doing. They tell me that if you are British you will better understand this expression. Well we want to wish Eloi Madjiadouim, more grease to your elbow.

Eloi is the Director of the Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga,

Eloi Madjiadoum, JHC Director

Eloi Madjiadoum, JHC Director

Chad. His medical training would make him a close equivalent to a Nurse Practitioner here in the US. Since he joined our work over two years ago he has treated thousands of patients of all ages, the vast majority have been children. Only God knows how many lives have been saved because they received care from Eloi.

Eloi lives a number of miles from the Health Center and makes this journey back and forth by bicycle every day. On occasions he will make an emergency visit to someone in distress in a village some distance from the Center. There are no paved roads, just paths through the marsh grass. Eloi is not as young as he used to be and working very long days, sometimes seeing hundreds of patients in a day’s time is very exhausting in and of itself.

This is a used bike. $650.00

This is a used bike. $650.00

A couple months ago Eloi made a request for a motor bike. We would like to honor his request. There are a couple ways we can do that.

First, maybe someone has a small bike similar to the ones pictured in this article that is in good shape and running well they would like to donate. If we receive the bike before November 15th we will be able to include it in the crate containing our well drilling machine scheduled to leave for Chad shortly after the 15th.

Or you may donate funds to purchase a new or used bike. The pictures in this article are

This a new bike. $900.00

This a new bike. $900.00

typical of new and used bikes that can be purchased in Chad.

This will be such a special gift for a very special servant who shows the love of Christ to hurting people almost every day of his life.

Thanks in advance for considering this need! If you have a bike to donate contact me by email: leehodges45 @ gmail.com (no spaces), or you may donate funds to purchase a bike online at www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Let’s “give more grease” to Eloi’s elbow!


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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 Lot On My Mind

JHC-Centennial ContrastI had my 4th heart catheterization two weeks ago. As they wheeled me down the hall to the Cath. Lab my thoughts were not on the procedure about to take place, but our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. I don’t mean to sound flippant about the heart cath. It’s always critical and risky when someone goes poking around your heart. My thoughts were about the quality of care available to me as compared to that in developing nations like Chad. In reality there is no comparison.

I am thankful for hospitals like Centennial and their professional personnel. I am also so thankful for the Jordan Health Center. This small health center was built a little over two years ago. It’s a small building not much larger than a one car garage. It’s nothing in comparison to the state of the art facility I was in for my procedure. But from the time JHC opened its doors until now thousands of men, women and children that have come for treatment, and there is no way to know how many hundreds of lives have been saved.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

35 Year Old Moguira from Kanyoura Village a distance of 21km brought by seven relation in an Ox Cart for treatment.

People come from miles around for treatment. Some walk, others are brought in Ox carts. One man, near death, was carried by his family on a homemade stretcher from their village 20 miles away.

In February of this year we began construction on a 1600 sq. ft. addition to the Jordan Health Center. This expansion is so desperately needed to handle the ever increasing flow of patients. The new facility will contain an office, an exam room and two wards with 4 beds each. What a blessing this addition will be. People will no longer have to lie on the floor during treatment. Consultation and treatment areas will be a clean, sanitary and private.

Walls are going up quickly!

Walls are going up quickly!

In February when we began construction it was a step of faith. The foundation is now complete and the walls are up. We need an additional $11,000 to complete the building, $7,000 to complete construction and 4,000.00 for interior work and furnishings.  Total construction cost will be under $20,000. That is a bargain at less than $12 a sq. ft.

It’s urgent that we finish this project before the rainy season. Heavy, unrelenting rains begin in early June. They peak in August and begin to taper off by the end of September. There are heavy rains most every day during the peak period. Without a roof and exterior stucco to protect the walls the rain could cause significant damage to whatPrecipitation in Dono Manga  Chad has been accomplished so far.

Will you consider making a sacrificial donation to help us finish this critically needed addition? Beyond a shadow of a doubt, your gift will save lives!

Donating is simple. Go to our website and click on the Donate Button at the home page. Debit and Credit Cards are welcomed. Or if you prefer simply mail your check to: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga. Your gifts not only bring physical healing, but spiritual healing as well.

photo(2)aLee Hodges, President


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Construction On The New Addition To The Jordan Health Center To Begin In February

mats on ground

Initial materials have been ordered and construction will begin in early February on the much needed addition to the Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. Our small staff of two has been struggling to meet the demands of the hundreds coming for treatment due to the recent flooding in this part of Southern Chad. At one time during the peak period of this disaster as many as 250 people per day were being treated. All of this taking place in a small building no larger than a one car garage with a small porch. Volunteers were enlisted to help and learned to dispense medication and administer immunizations under the watchful eye of Eloi our nurse.

Mothers With Small Children receiving Mosquito Nets at our present building.

Mothers with small children receiving mosquito nets at our present building.

The new 1600 square foot addition will have a private exam room and two wards with 4 beds each, one for men and one for women. The Jordan Health Center is located on the same property as our Orphanage and Farm Compound.  We are also hopeful that we will be able to add a school building here as well for the 500+ students that are meeting in thatch huts for classes presently.

More than medical treatment is dispensed at the Jordan Health Center. Lazarus a recent graduate of the Jos School of Biblical Studies in Jos, Nigeria is stationed at the Heath Center and shares the message of Christ with people waiting for treatment. Many have come to know Christ and new churches have been started as a result of his efforts.

village woman receing treatment.We still need an additional $12,000.00 to complete the Jordan Health Center addition. The initial $8,000.00 to begin this project was provided by the efforts of the team at CMI Medical Missions.

Will you help us complete this critically important building program? Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated and may be made mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or you may donate at our website: wwwhopespringsint.com. The Jordan Health Center provides treatment for more people in a day than many hospital emergency rooms in the US. You gifts will help us do even more!

Our Director of Operation for Africa Rambi Ayala will soon be in Dono-Manga to oversee the construction and send first hand reports on all phases of the work there. Check back often updates. Better yet, subscribe to this blog and receive updates automatically!


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Christmas In Dono-Manga…

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Your gifts will make this a very different Christmas in Dono-Manga this year. You may donate online at: http://www.hopespringsint.com or by mail: Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075