The memory of today’s event will for a long time remain in the minds of the people of Dono-Manga. At 7am four block masons and their assistants arrived to review the building plans and to discuss other minor details before the arrival of invited guests at 9:00am. There was much excitement in the air as people gathered for the ceremonies and our school children lined up to welcome the government officials and the local chiefs. In addition to the invited dignitaries two journalists from the state’s print and digital media were present to cover the occasion which was aired later that evening throughout the country. There were goodwill messages from the Tribal Chief of Dono-Manga, Chief Mayengar Basie; the Chairman of the local government, Brahim Bashir Ahmed and the doctor in charge of the area, Dr. Koudou Ngakoutou.
Chief Mayengar Basie expressed profound gratitude to God for placing the vision of Hope Springs in the hearts of those who began this organization, and he asked for God’s divine blessings to remain upon them. He urged the people of the Dono-Manga community to guard jealously all the projects being executed by Hope Springs for their benefit, pointing out that the younger generations who stand to benefit more should take advantage of all the efforts being made by Hope Springs. Chief Basie also promised his continual support to Hope Springs.
The chairman of the local government Brahim Bashir Ahmed, confessed that he was fed with wrong information about Hope Springs, and the Church of Christ when he assumed duty. Mr. Ahmed who is a Muslim then said he “can now bear testimony of the great work Hope Springs is doing. He challenged Christians of other denominations to demonstrate their faith the way the Church of Christ is doing. He said, “We now drink potable water provided by Hope Springs, our children now can go to school, a good number of men have been trained in dry season farming, the orphans being taught animal husbandry, and above all the health facilities that are being provided. What more could they ask for, he asked?” This he said is even what the policy directive of the Federal Government of Chad is all about at the moment, education, health, agriculture and water supply. The chairman stressed that he has not seen any organization throughout the country doing the kind of efforts being done by Hope Springs. He further pledged his administration’s commitment to support the effort of Hope Springs.
Dr. Koudou Ngakoutou was next to speak. Dr. Koudou has just been recently appointed to oversee all the health providers in this region. He
applauded the initiative to establish a health center to serve the population here. He said within the short period he assumed office, today was his fifth time he is visiting JHC and that he is quiet impressed with what he found. Mid way in his speech, Dr. Koudou received a phone call, which he later announced to the crowd, was from the health commissioner in Lai the headquarters of Tadjile State where Dono Manga is located. He had earlier informed the commissioner about the event, and the commissioner wanted to convey his best wishes and support to Hope Springs. Dr. Koudou promised to visit regularly to hold clinic sessions at the Jordan Health Center in addition to his oversight responsibilities. However, he suggested that there is an urgent need to employ additional trained nurses to compliment the effort of Eloi our only qualified nurse on staff.
After all speeches were given, we moved to the building site for the main event of the day, which is the symbolic foundation laying ceremony performed by Brahim Bashir Ahmed, the chairman of Dono-Manga local government. As chairman Ahmed completed the ceremony cheers and thunderous applause went up from the excited crowd. Then 80 year old Nantadjingarti Paul, a pastor of an Evangelical church, offered prayers for God’s blessings on the project. He thanked God for sparing his life to be part of the occasion noting that many of colleagues have gone before him. He said he identifies himself with the biblical Simeon who witnessed the Christ child at his old age. He then asked God to use this health facility to bless his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren even to the fifth generation, that God should bless all those who are
making personal donations towards this project.
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