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I Cannot Get My Mind Around These Numbers!

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers DON’T include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers…
I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot get my mind around these numbers. But you and I can change that number by one or two. For only $50 per month you can feed, clothe, educated and teach life sustaining skills to one child.
That won’t solve the world wide problem, but it will be a solution for one child. We still have 15 opportunities for someone to change a life and give them hope. Will you choose one and make that difference in

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

their life?

Medical care is readily available at our Jordan Health Center which is only 30 yards from the orphanage compound. All children attend our school which is located within the the orphanage compound. The children are learning French (Major language of Chad), English and the Bible among other subjects.

Sponsorship is easy. Pick a child. Drop us an email with the child’s name to: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. Your donations can be made each month or you may set up a monthly debit by Check or Debit/Credit Card at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com. Just click the donate button and you will be taken to the donation site. Full sponsorship of a child is $50.00 per month or half sponsorship for $25.00 per month.

Sponsor a child yourself or get a group from you work place to do this together. This is a great project for a bible class or a family. This small amount will make all the difference to one child.

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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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A frantic cry for help!

???????????????????????????????The wailing cries of a frantic mother holding a child with convulsions and an extremely high fever interrupted worship on Sunday the 16th of February in Dono-Manga. Eloi, our resident nurse, rushed the mother and child to the Jordan Health Center next door and began treatment.  

Everyone initially breathed a sigh of relief that the Health Center was so close. The convulsions and fever were brought under control, but it would not be enough to save this 5 year old little girl named Pandjelta. Monday morning would begin with the news that the Pandjelta had died, and a funeral

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

Our nurse Eloi treating Pandjelta.

and burial would follow that afternoon.

We would learn later that the parents had been treating Pandjelta with a common local home remedy of herbs mixed with alcohol for two days until they saw the situation was out of hand and ran seeking help at the Jordan Health Center. Had these parents brought Pandjelta to the Center first, she could have been easily treated, like hundreds of others, and would have in all likelihood recovered.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Long lines are typical most every day.

Superstitions and home remedies are hard to overcome in these remote areas of Chad. Until our health center was build the people of Dono-Manga had no other option. But it is such a different story today. In the last 10 months of 2013:

·       2619 people were treated at JHC.

·       Of that number 1156 were children.

·       Another 120 children were born there.

·       And 729 received their vaccinations.

I can assure you that without the Jordan Health Center many of these people, especially among the children, would have died needlessly of easily treatable diseases.

The Jordan Health Center is just one of the many works your donations make possible. As you can see from the above figures your gifts are bringing lasting change to one child at a time.

Stay tuned, more important news is coming your way over the next few days!


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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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I am getting a serious education…

photo(13)I am getting a serious education on just how much stuff you can get in a 20ft. shipping container! After loading 7 pallets of flip flops (3700+ pair) and 8 large boxes of additional medical supplies from Healing Hands International we STILL have 6 or 7 feet of space to fill. AMAZING!

A big thank you to Dalvin, Missy, and Elija Pirtle, and two of Dalvin’s employees for helping to get this trailer and truck load of supplies into the crate. You guys ROCK!

We have to get this trailer loaded no later than the end of August. If you have ideas, we have space. Drop me a note: leehodges45(at)gmail(dot)com or 615-390-2134.


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Thank You Gabriel!!

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

Gabriel Hardin presents the money he collected for mosquito nets.

I love it when kids look at the problems of the world and ask, “Why doesn’t someone do something about that?” and then they do! Gabriel Hardin learned of the importance of mosquito nets in the prevention of Malaria and decided to collect money to buy nets.  Gabriel began contacting his friends and family and on Monday presented me an envelope containing $100. That is enough to buy 10 nets and will protect at least 10 children. In many cases one net will protect more than 10 because multiple children can sleep under one net.

There is a great lesson in Gabriel’s story. It is simply this. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something to save lives and alleviate suffering.

Thanks Gabriel for being Jesus to the children of Dono-Manga, Chad.

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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