Hope Springs International

Lasting Change One Village at a Time


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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.


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RECENT TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN NIGERIA HAS IMPACT ON OUR HEALTH CENTER IN DONO-MANGA, CHAD

Mothers With Small Children receiving Mosquito Nets

 

In Fall of 2010 we opened a small dispensary in Dono-Manga, Chad. The purpose was to dispense drugs for minor illnesses that often lead to major life threaten conditions, especially for very young children. When we visited Dono-Manga in 2010 we took an initial supply of medications and priced them in such a way as to make them affordable to the local people and enable us to replenish drug supplies with the funds we received. Our initial supply and subsequent restocking has been done through Dr. Eni who is on the surgical teaching staff of the University of Maiduguri Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. His connections there enabled us to purchase medications at a very low price. Pierre Rimorbe, our key man in Dono-Manga, has until recently, traveled to Maiduguri as necessary to keep the dispensary supplied.

 

Recent terrorist activity in northern Nigeria by a group called Boko-Haran has killed hundreds of people over the last few months. In a defensive move the President of Nigeria recently closed all Nigerian borders. Although this violence is hundreds of miles away from Dono-Manga the closing of the borders has now halted our ability to restock our dispensary and it could not come at a worse time.

In the last few months our nurse has been seeing over 1000 patients per month. Many people walk for days bringing their loved ones for treatment. Our dispensary has been so effective in saving lives that it was just awarded Health Center status by the Chadian government. This means that our personnel may now preform minor surgery and aid in mid-wife services. But because of not being able to restock our drug supply from Nigeria our Health Center is about to run out of medications to treat those who continue to come. Here is a portion of a message we received a few days ago from our representative in Nigeria after he spoke to Pierre Rimorbe in Dono-Manga.

This man's family carried him for over 20 miles to the Health Center. He and the 5 members of his family became Christians.

“Presently there are 12 inpatients being managed by our nurse at the health center. The inadequate drug supply is posing a problem given the fact that people in and around Dono-Manga have come to see the Health Center as a haven for the less privileged who otherwise would have stayed home to wait for death since they cannot afford the cost of treatment, let alone the challenges of long travels in search of medical care in one of the large cities, which our health center now provides easily and readily. “

While the simple solution would be to purchase medications in Chad we are faced with prices that are thousands of dollars more than we were paying through Dr. Eni in Nigeria and the cost would be out of reach for the people that we are treating.

The Health Center has become such an important part of our outreach and has saved hundreds of lives since it opened. It is a vital and important part of the work we are going in Dono-Manga. So here is what we plan to do.  I have spoken with Dr. Eni and Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, and we are making arrangements to fly them with a supply of needed medications to Chad. They will also be tasked with the responsibility of meeting with representatives of the Chadian Government to establish relationships with local Pharmaceutical companies that will enable us to purchase our needed medication locally at a discounted price.

We have a wonderful working relationship with the Chadian government and we feel certain they will be able to help us open this door. But we must act quickly as many lives are now at risk without the needed medication for our Health Center. We estimate that the total needed for this emergency relief effort will be $11,000. This will include air and land travel for Dr. Eni and our representative, a large supply of medications that will be purchased in Nigeria, and air freight to allow the drugs to travel with them. At this time we have $3,500 of the $11,000 that we need.  This leaves a balance of $7,500 that we need to raise as soon as possible.

 

We treat many children at the Health Center.

Our Health Center is so much more than a place where people receive medical attention. One of our local ministers is at the Health Center daily to share the message of Christ with all families coming for medical assistance. We have seen so many people come to Christ through his work, and new churches are being established through these new Christians who have been reached at the Health Center.

There are at least two ways you can help. First, if God has blessed you with the ability, make a donation. Any amount will be a blessing and will save lives. Second, help us spread the word about this need and encourage others to give. 100% of what is given in response to this appeal will go to meet this need! Write “Health Center” on your check and mail it to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or if you give at our website: www.hopesprintsint.com note that it for the Health Center when you donate. Thank you in advance for your response! We deeply appreciate each of you who make this great work possible.


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CAN OUR GENERATION END EXTREME POVERTY?

I was blessed to be able to attend Catalyst in Atlanta last week. One of the speakers was Dr. Scott Todd one of the leaders of 58 and the author of “Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty.” The data he shared was eye opening. People living in extreme poverty dropped from 52% in 1981 to 26% in 2005. In just a 30 year period there was a 50% decrease. But that is not all. In the past 20 years child mortality rates have been cut in half as well.

Todd showed a video where people from a number of different countries were asked the question, “Do you think that extreme poverty can be eliminated in our generation?” People from country after country responded with a resounding yes! But when Americans were ask the same question they did not believe it was possible. Todd said that low expectations and a wrong interpretation of Jesus’ statement, “For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:11), have led to low expectations and in turn has fed apathy toward the possibility.

Here are some more compelling figures. There are 138 million committed Christians in America who have a total income of $2.5 trillion per year. But that group only gives away 3% of their income.

Todd challenged us with the words of Isa. 58:6, 7, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?  Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Todd then said, “God has given us everything we need to end extreme poverty. No question. And it’s clear what He wants. The question is, what do we want?”

At Hope Springs International we have seen the change that Todd speaks about first hand. We have seen funerals for children under the age of five go from one a day to seldom just by providing potable water from deep wells that have be drilled. We have seen sick children get well because of the availability of drugs from our dispensary. We have seen scores of people come to Christ because they have experienced firsthand the no strings attached love of Christ as they were taught about the salvation that is only available through Him.

We believe that God has given us a mission that has only just begun that will spread from our work in Dono-Manga to all of southern Chad. Will you join us in making this a reality?  Your sacrificial gifts will continue to save lives and enable ministers on the ground to share the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord.  You can make donation on line at: www.hopespringsint.com or mail your gifts to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075.


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TODAY HAS BEEN A DAY FILLED WITH REFLECTION AND PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

Today has been a day filled with reflection and prayers of thanksgiving for what God is doing in Dono-Manga, Chad. I can still remember the feeling of helplessness when I received an email from Ebenezer Udofia describing the suffering and death in Dono-Manga. “Sir, there has been a distress call (SOS) from the brethren and people of Dono-Manga in southern Chad for aid. The community at the present time is being devastated by an epidemic of diarrhea disease due to the lack of clean water and malaria due to the lack of bed nets. The
community has lost about 600 people within the last six months, mostly children. The churches of Christ in the area totaling about 150 members have lost twenty-one members over the same period.” His words “mostly children” hurt the most. I would learn later that there was nearly a 50% death rate of children under five because of the two problems he mentioned.

Hope Springs was still reeling from having to call our missionaries home and we were questioning if we as an organization would even survive. We had never had any plans to work in Chad. The very fact that Chad had been a French Colony and its major language was French had kept it off our radar. But God heard the prayers of His people.  Little did we know where He would lead us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since that day in February of 2009 medical/evangelistic/agricultural campaigns have been conducted, numerous people have come to Christ, churches have been established and villages continue to call for someone to come to their village with the message of Christ. 26 out-of-service wells have been repaired, 20 new wells are being drilled and funds are now available for 15 more. A new dispensary was recently constructed and stocked with lifesaving drugs and mosquito nets. A new orphanage was just completed for 41 orphans and a training farm compound is under construction that will be complete with a wall, chicken house, goat barn, catfish tank, a drip irrigation farm and its own well. Two men from Dono-Manga were sent to Jos School of Biblical Studies and have completed their schooling and have returned to help with the work. One of these men has established a school for 325 children that will include the 41 children from our orphanage. One of the subjects he will teach will be English. Does anyone else see the irony here?

What we see as a barrier is not a barrier for God. What God seeks from His people is faith to follow His direction in spite of the barrier. This is a lesson I am still learning. I used to wonder what lesson Jesus was teaching when He said that mustard seed faith could move a mountain into the sea. I no longer question that…I have seen the mountain moved into the sea.

We are trying to develop a greater vision for the future that is based in what we have seen God do over the last 2+ years. We believe that what has been done in Dono-Manga can be duplicated multiple times over in the many small villages that have struggling churches with dedicated preachers. We have seen firsthand what humanitarian outreach coupled with the message of Christ can accomplish. There is something powerful about the combination of the message of Christ being preached when it is accompanied by a compassionate
touch.

Orphans and neighborhood children in front of new Orphanage with recently donated soccer balls

We have a list of over 30 small towns and villages with a church and a preacher doing their best to reach their communities. We are praying for God to raise up churches and/or individuals that will say, “We/ I will adopt a village and over time do for them what has been done in a much larger area like Dono-Manga. We have the connections on the ground to get the
job done.  We are not talking about a “forever” commitment, but a commitment to help them stand on their own two feet. We are talking about providing wells and training to make them self-sufficient.  Everything we do at Hope Springs is designed to be self-sufficient in a short period of time. As the old adage says, “We teach people how to fish, not just give them a fish”.

I would be remiss if I failed to thank each of you for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. You have radically changed the lives of 126,000 people living in numerous villages throughout Dono-Manga. Through your donations you have saved hundreds of lives and given hope in this life, and the one to come.  Thank you for being Jesus to the people of Dono-Manga. Only heaven will tell the true value of your gifts.

25 Days after workshop