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Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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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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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


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

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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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Jordan Health Center Provides Treatment For 1013 In The Last 7 Weeks

I continue to be amazed by the number of men, women and children that are being treated at our Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga, Chad. I just received word from our Director of Operations, Rambi Ayala that in the last 7 weeks 1013 people have been treated. This number included 345 children between new born and age 12; 227 children 13 and older; 255 women and; 186 men.

What is equally exciting is that during this same period 6 of those coming to the Health Center became Christ followers and were baptized into Christ.

Our nurse, Eloi Madjiadoum reported the people coming for treatment are eager to pay whatever they can afford to enable the Center to restock the medication supply and insure that the Center is able to become self-sustaining.

The poor of Dono-Manga now have health care available for the first time in their lives. Their children are no longer dying from treatable childhood diseases and malaria. Pregnant women are now receiving pre-and post-natal care. Minor surgical needs are being treated before they cause major health issues that can result in death.

Plans are now underway to add additional personnel to work with Eloi and the increasing volume of people coming for treatment. Also an expansion of the Health Center is planned in the near future that will provide a ward with 6 beds for maternity and longer term treatment needs. More about this exciting expansion coming soon.

Those of you who support this work make all of this possible. Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga! A compassionate touch continues to open hearts to hear the message of a God that loves them more than they could ever know.


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Health Center Is Open Again…With A New Name.

Mothers With Small Children receiving Mosquito Nets

In January we told you how our supply line for medications for our Health Center had been cut off with the closing of Nigerian borders in an effort to curb terrorist activities there. (Click here and here for more information.) We began immediately to raise funds for a new supply of medications and began preparing to send our Director of Operations Rambi Ayala and our Medical Advisor Dr. U. Eni to Chad to find a local suppler for our needs.

We are excited to announce that the Health Center is fully registered with the Chadian government and a wholesale supply line for medications has been established. Our Health Center has become such an important part of our work in Dono-Manga. On average our nurse will see 1000 people each month.

At the time of the formal registration of the center it was given the new name Jordan Health Center. Rambi explains why the name Jordan was chosen. “The name submitted to the Chadian government on the official paper work is the Jordan Health Center. This is because of the significant role the center is playing in Dono-Manga. It is seen as the river Jordan of the Bible where Naaman received healing. It has become like a healing stream to the people of Dono-Manga and the surrounding villages.”

Dr. Eni’s report on the mission included a request for expanding our present building, adding additional staff and security personnel, and the addition of new equipment including refrigerated storage for medications that we cannot presently provide. We are now awaiting cost estimates and will share this exciting expansion with you soon.

From left to right. Dr. Eni, Martin and our nurse.

While there are hundreds of stories that could be told about the value of the Jordan Health Center Martin Ramadinga (pictured on the left) story is a true testimony to how humanitarian aid and the message of the Gospel work hand in hand. Martin was near death when 5 members of his family heard of the Jordan Health Center. They carried him 20 miles because he could not walk. Today he is alive and well. What is even more exciting is that he and those who brought him are all Christians excited about sharing Christ with others. Without the Jordan Health Center Martin would have died. Without the Jordan Health Center Martin would have died without Christ.

We praise God for those of you who help to make this mission possible through your prayers and financial support. There is much more great news to come from this mission trip so stay tuned.


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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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We are blessed with so many opportunities!

We are blessed with so many opportunities to be Jesus to the people of southern Chad. Will you join us in prayer for these urgent concerns?

First, boarder closures in Nigeria have interrupted our medication supply line. We have gone from serving over 1000 patients a month to a temporary shutdown as we raise urgently needed funds to send a team with a supply of drugs to restock the Health Center and the task of establishing future supply lines to purchase medications within Chad. We still need about $6,000.00 for this opportunity. (Read more here).

Second, we now have housing and at least two meals per day for our 41 orphans in Dono-Manga. 34 of our orphans still need a monthly sponsor. Full sponsorship for one child is $100.00 per month or $50.00 per month for half sponsorship. We are projecting to have the orphanage self-sustaining in the next 3 to 5 years through our training farm on the orphanage campus. So this is not a life time commitment. (Click here to see pictures of our orphans here.)

Third, we have taken delivery of our new well drill rig. This trailer mounted rig has the potential to drilling hundreds of wells, but we estimate it will cost about $10,000.00 to ship it to southern Chad. CrossFit Hendersonville is working hard to help us raise these funds. The sooner we can get it there the sooner we can begin opening new wells. The average cost of drilling a well in Africa can run from $5,000.00 to $8,000.00. Once our machine is drilling in Chad we estimate that the cost of a well will run between $2,000.00 and $3,000.00, possibly less. (Click here to see pictures)

Fourth, once we have our drilling machine in place we can begin our “Adopt a Village Program”. We have 30 villages with ministers who serve small churches that are waiting for us to aid them in bringing last change to their villages. Clean water through new wells is our first priority, medical help as needed second, then dry season agricultural and food preservation training will follow. We have witnessed how the love of Christ in action enhances the reception of the message of Christ. A $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 investment can bring lasting change to a village. (Click here to learn more.)

We are honored that God has challenged Hope Springs International with these opportunities that we believe through your gifts will bring honor and glory to His name. We appreciate the sacrifices of so many that have brought our efforts this far. If God has blessed you and you would like to help with one or more of these challenges you may donate online at our website: www.hopespringsint.com or you can send your check to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.