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EMERGENCY RELIEF WILL SOON BE ON THE WAY

In late January of this year we told you that due to recent terrorist activity in Nigeria, government officials had closed of all Nigerian’s boarders. ( Click here to read that report.) Medications for our Health Center were being secured through our contact, a Christian medical doctor on the teaching staff of a major training hospital in Nigeria. The closing of Nigerian’s boarders had a devastating impact on our Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad, eventually resulting in its closure due to running out of medications. The supply line from Nigeria was initially set up because we were able to purchase medications at a greatly reduced cost through our contact. Retail prices for the same medications in Chad were over seven times the cost we were paying in Nigeria.

We immediately began to plan for a team to travel to Dono-Manga by air with supplies to reopen our Health Center. We told you of this pressing need and your response has been so encouraging. We are excited to announce we now have sufficient funds to send our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala and Dr. Eni to Dono-Manga with sufficient supplies to restock our Health Center. We have also tasked them with the responsibility of establishing arrangements with a Chadian Pharmaceutical company to enable us to purchase medications at a reduced price.

The people we are serving are the poorest of the poor and without this Health Center would just die at home without the hope of treatment. Before this situation arose our Health Center was treating over 1000 people per month! Hundreds of lives have been saved, many of them children under the age of 5. We don’t have words to adequately express our deep appreciation to those of you who responded to this special appeal.

Our team will be on their way in the very near future and we look forward to bringing you news when they return. We asked that you join us in prayer for the success of this critical mission.

Here is just one story of hundreds that we could share about the value of our Health Center.


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EMERGENCY AID DISTRIBUTION

relief at the refugee camp.

On July 27th of this year sectarian violence swept through the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria led by radical Islamic sect leader Mohammed Yusuf. In the five days of violence to follow over 1000 people would be killed, leaving behind 1,264 orphans and 392 widows, 26 houses of worship were razed to the ground along with 50 private homes. Yusuf and the majority of his followers would be killed and peace restored.

A call for emergency relief aid was issued by the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ to Healing Hands International and Hope Springs International and $5,000 was promptly sent to help in the relief follow up.  The pictures that follow tell the story of the lives touch by the generosity of those who made this gift possible.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Babagana Sumain, a head teacher killed by a stray bullet during the violence. He leaves behind his wife, three children, an aged mother and sisters.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

The family of Enoch Dogo receiving assistance. Enoch was killed in cold blood in the presence of his family. He was the Assistant Superintrendent of police. He leaves a wife and 10 children.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shoot wounds and amputation that followed.

Umar Tella, a Muslim and tailor by profession with a large family receive assistance during his hospital stay from gun shot wounds and amputation that followed.

Danjuma Sale, a young islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Danjuma Sale, a young Islamic man in his early twenties shot on the first day of violence.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Executive board of the Borno Youth Empowerment Forum, an Islamic group we work closely with in Maiduguri, receiving supplies for distrubution.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Local government officials expressing graditude for relief efforts.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each provided with 40 plastic chairs.

Six churches lost their houses of worship near the Wulari Jerusalem Church and each was provided with 40 plastic chairs.

The value of sharing the Love of Christ in this way may best be expressed in the words of a Muslim man who received assistance. “See, this gift is coming from Christians who we don’t share anything in common; our Muslim brothers don’t know the road to this hospital; may God reward you Christians.”

Ebenezer Udofia who led the distribution closed his recent report by saying, “There is still much that can be done for these victims – As many of them have lost the bread-winner of their family, they need to be cared for, most of those that have now become orphans were in school and would be grateful to continue, many of the victims have lost  their limbs and therefore would appreciate an artificial limbs.  Many people have lost their means of livelihood and would give thanks to God for starting business once again.  Many victims have lost their homes, and would ever remain grateful for rehabilitation.  As you ponder on the needs of these victims, may God grant you the divine privilege to make a golden deed by helping those who are in need.  May God bless you as you accompanied your faith with works.

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matt. 25:40


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Letter of Appreciation From the Wulari Jerusalem Church in Maiduguri, Nigeria

Raymond and Kathren Pagouh and their son Napoleon standing in what was once their home.

Raymond and Kathren Pagouh and their son Napoleon standing in what was once their home.

The following letter was received today in response to the emergency aid that was sent by Healing Handing International and Hope Springs a few weeks ago. It confirms our faith in how important it is to share the Love of Christ with those who do not know Him.

Beloved brother,

LETTER OF APPRECIATION

Grace, peace and love of God be multiplied to you in the name of our Lord and savior  Jesus Christ.

I write on behalf of the elders and the entire Wulari-Jerusalem church to appreciate your milk of human kindness in responding to the needs of brethren and neighbors in a swift manner. Your quick response has rekindled hope and put smiles in the faces of many people who were affected by the crisis. May God be glorified through your humanitarian services.

We received the sum of Five thousand dollars ($ 5,000.00)

Which you sent. We set up a committee and appropriated the fund as follows: The sum of one thousand dollars was given to the Muslims who were affected during the crisis. This we disbursed through Borno State youth empowerment scheme through brother Ebenezer. We purchased plastic chairs and distributed to our denominational neighbors. This cost us $ 2,000.00 we shared the sum of $1000.00 to brethren who were affected by the crisis. The remaining $1000.00, was used in purchasing food stuff which we distribute to hospitals and military base where the displaced persons are presently taking refuge. Brother Ebenezer will give you full details of our efforts.

Brother, the testimonies received from the recipients of these gifts were so overwhelming. One injured Muslim man said, “see, this gift is coming from Christians who we don’t share anything in common; our Muslim brothers don’t know the road to this hospital; may God reward you Christians”. This is one out of many testimonies.

Brother, may you remain blessed and know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (I Cor.15:58). We shall appreciate further Aid for onward delivery to these people who are afflicted and need rehabilitation.

Your fellow worker in the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ

Joshua Bindah Hamman, Evangelist

(For the Church of Christ Wulari-Jerusalem, Maiduguri)

We look forward to Ebenezer’s report as soon as he returns from his meeting with Healing Hands personal in Dakar, Senegal.

Thanks for your continued support.