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Seeing the heart of Jesus in a child.

1001682_10151796304653156_192419833_nOne of the joys of the season is getting to spend special time with family and friends. We were blessed this past Friday evening to have dinner with Brad and Jennifer Blake and their four children. The Blakes are former long term missionaries to Nigeria. Three of the Blake’s four children were born in Nigeria, and Brad is the only American that I know that speaks the Hausa language fluently. Hausa is the local language of northern Nigeria.

 
As we were talking after dinner 9 year old Musa, (the Blake’s third child in birth order, and yes Musa is a Nigerian name), came to his dad with a very sad look on his face. Musa had brought an envelope with him with $20.00 in it, and he was telling his dad that he had lost it. Brad and Musa retraced his steps, but the lost envelope was no were to be found. His mom Jennifer sensing how disappointed he was opened her

The Blake Family

The Blake Family

purse and counted out $20.00 and gave to him.

 
As I watched these events unfold I was thinking to myself, the $20.00 must have been some of his Christmas money or something he had saved to buy something special that he wanted. I was so surprised and touched to the heart when he walked around the table to where I was seated and handed me the money. He wanted half of the money to go to the kids at the orphanage and half to our medical clinic both of which are in Chad. My heart melted and all I could think was Praise God!

 
Jennifer told us that Musa has always had a heart for, and a desire to help the less fortunate. She said that he will often put together small care packages in small plastic bags, with things like toiletries and snacks. While they are out and about if they see a homeless person he will ask his mom to stop so he can give them one of the packs.

 
Musa is only nine years old. His heart speaks volumes about his mom and dad. But it also forecasts the future. Can you imagine what God can and no doubt will do with someone so committed to the things that HE is committed to.

 
Many things have touched my heart in the years that I have worked with Hope Springs International, but those that touch me the most are the kids who give out of a concern for other kids and those in need. We have had a number of children donate their birthdays and ask that money be given to Hope Springs instead of gifts for themselves. Sometimes the things we experience in life cause us to become calloused and hardened and as adults we lose that childlike heart. Then a child like Musa comes along and right before our eyes we remember. We remember when we cared like that too.

 
Thank you Musa for reminding us how Jesus responded to the needs of others He met. Thank you for reminding us that we used to be that way too, and maybe, just maybe, we could be that way again.

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Village of Landongor Lawampe to receive a well.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

Next closest water is 5 miles away and looks about the same.

The village of Ladongor Lawampe’s only source of drinking water is pictured on the left. When Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, visited this village with the news that they would soon have a well, the people could not believe after so long a time their suffering was about to come to an end.

 
Rambi reported, “Sadly on my visit Saturday a child passed away while IMG_20140705_153018I was there due to complications from unclean water and treatable childhood ailments.” This serves as a reminder of why what we do is so important, and serves as well as motivation for trying to do even more.

 

 

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

From the time they learn to walk, this is a part of their lives.

Children are especially susceptible to disease under the age of 5 because their immune systems are not fully developed. Clean water is life, especially to these little ones.

 
I just learned this morning (7.7.14) that the well drilling for Ladongor Lawampe will begin tomorrow. This well was made possible by one of our most loyal supporters. I wrote a blog about Michael a few weeks ago. I hope you will read it and realize how important one person can be in changing the lives of thousands.

 
This is our 7th well in Gombe State, Nigeria. We have funds on hand for number 8

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

These are the faces of lives that are about to change.

that will be drill soon after this well. How would you like to provide or help provide the ninth well? Through a special arrangement with a local drilling company we are able to provide a well for only $3,000.00 or half the normal price. Could you give $300 and find 9 other friends or co-worker who could follow your example? Could you give $100 and find 29 other friends or co-workers to give $100. When you break down the numbers it is amazing what one person and a bunch of friends can do to bring lasting change to hundreds and hundreds of lives.

 

Won’t you join us? Contact us if you need ideas. Click here to donate!

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Muslim Village Receives A Well

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Older man and children from Jauro-Malam

Our most recent well was drilled in the village of Jauro-Malam in Gombe State, Nigeria. Jaura-Malam is a Muslim village. It was our intention from the beginning of this program to reach out to the people who had the greatest need regardless of their religious or political background. Gombe State has had a reputation for many years of being a state where all people could live in peace and harmony regardless of their religious or political heritage. This was a major factor in our choosing this area as a base for our operations.

The expressions of thanksgiving and appreciation for this well have been so very heart warming. Rambi, our Director of Operations, sent me the follow note this week.

“The people of Jauro-Malam came to my house and also went to

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

Leaders from Jauro-Malam visit the Mia Tangle at his residence

thank the Mai Tangle (Local tribal leader), in his palace. During their visit the people of Jauro-Malam recounted their many years and the bitter experience of living without potable water.  Then all of a sudden and from nowhere Hope Springs appeared and in what looked like a miracle provided them with water. One after the other, the community leaders showered praises and blessings on Hope Springs International for providing this well.”

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

Prayers of thanksgiving are offered for their new well.

There will be a special dedication service for this well in the next few days. I wish it were possible for you to see and hear these expressions of appreciation in the flesh. These are people who live with virtually nothing and have nothing to give in exchange for such a blessing. You or I could have been born there instead of here, and their circumstances could have been our own.

 Please continue to pray that the Lord of harvest will use these expressions of love to open hearts to hear and learn of HIM.


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I want to tell you about Michael

slide-1-728Michael believed that one person could make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.

Michael had been exposed to the need for potable water through the web. He began to search for organizations that were working to bring clean water to people in developing nations. He narrowed his search to two or three organizations. Hope Springs International was one of those organizations. Early in 2012 we met, talked and soon Michael said, “I want to work with Hope Springs and raise money to dig wells”. He set a goal and was off and running.

Michael began to promote his cause through his Facebook site. He talked to his friends and family, and before long we began to receive donations. Many of those donations were from Michael personally.

Now fast forward to August 2013. Over the last week or so you have read and

A new well is born!

A new well is born!

seen pictures of our well drilling in the village of Posishi Mongoro in Gombe State, Nigeria. On September 10th. we hit water and a new well was born. Michael’s efforts made this well possible.

Poshishi Mongoro was first established in 1953. For the last 60 years the only sources of water for this village were ponds they shared with their animals. Ponds subject to animal waste and ground water run off during the rainy season. Death and disease was just a way of life. Like most places without access to potable water half of the children never lived to their fifth birthday and others dealt constantly with other types of diseases. For the people that survived this village was their whole world. Many of these people have only heard stories of wells, but never expected to have one.

PM villageIn the backstory to this well I told you about Samuel. Every day’s adventure for Samuel was to put his Jerry cans on his donkey and ride in search of water. I hope you will go back and read that story. You see when you hear stories about thousands of people and their need for water it is often hard to relate, but when you see the personal story of lives that are changed, well it becomes real.

I hope one day Michael and Samuel can meet. But even if they don’t I can assure you; there will be a time of celebration in heaven for what God can do through just one person.

How about you? Think God might be able to use you to change thousands of lives or another Samuel? Got an idea? Need some assistance? We would love to help you fulfill your dream!

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It is a new day for Samuel

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

Drilling has begun in Powishi Mongoro village.

The drilling rig has arrived in Powishi Mongoro village, and there will soon be a new borehole/well from which to draw water. I say new day because for as long as Samuel was big enough he has ridden his donkey carrying two “Jerry Cans” and gone in search of water.

Samuel’s village of seven thousand has no well. The only sources of water are small shallow hand dug ponds and low lying areas that gather water during the rainy season and then are quickly depleted when the long nine month dry season begins. When these

Samuel in search of water.

Samuel in search of water.

sources dry up, the search for water begins, sometimes consuming the major part of the day. Samuel’s family is one of the lucky ones; they have a donkey. Many have to make these long journeys on foot.

Samuel helping other gather water

Samuel helping other gather water

Jerry Cans holds five gallons of water and weighs about 40 lbs. Many from this village must travel two or more miles to and from there water source only to bring back water shared with animals and contaminated by animal waste and ground water runoff. Cholera epidemics are common in these areas where there is no reliable source of potable water. Unsafe drinking water is a major reason that 50% of children die before their 5th birthday without access to safe drinking water.

Here is Rambi Ayala report on the arrival of the well drilling machine.

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

Shallow ponds and low lying areas is the only source of water for this village of 7,000

“The staff and equipment arrived at Powishi Mongoro in readiness for the commencement of the borehole drilling. We praise God for it and covet your prayers for a successful drilling. The villagers couldn’t believe that it has become a reality for them to own a borehole. Samuel, one of the boys in the picture who was seen helping others at the pond was almost in tears in expressing his joy over the turn of event in their community, this will mean liberation for him from traveling long distances on donkey in search of water and drinking from the stagnant pond during the rainy season. Thanks to Hope Springs and the ever willing donors who are making this possible. Details to follow.” Rambi

Samuel's home

Samuel’s home

To those who give so sacrificially to make these wells possible here is God’s promise through Isaiah, “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 by as the noonday.” 58:10

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I love it when God shows up and shows out!

This shallow pond is the only source of water for this village.

This shallow pond is the only source of water for this village.

Not only did we receive the $558.83 for the third well, we have $500. for well #4! (Here is the back story).

One special lady who wishes to remain anonymous sent this note about her PayPal donation. “Hi Lee, wanted you to know I gave one hundred dollars toward the third well. I decided that’s a whole lot more valuable, eternity wise, than anything I wanted,,,so this is a sacrifice I gladly give. Please don’t tell anyone …I just want it to be private…all the glory to Him for my brothers and sisters who need the water! With love.”

It warms my heart when I know the sacrifice that many folks make for the

Families and their animals share this water source.

Families and their animals share this water source.

sake of others. There gifts do more than provide water and feed orphans, they are transferred to the bank of heaven and credited to their account. Jesus said giving down here is laying up treasures in heaven.

More pictures and stories to follow on wells 2 and 3 in Gombe State, Nigeria. It is all about lasting change, one village at a time!


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Help Us Make It THREE Wells!

Smiles from the first well will be increased by the thousands!

Smiles from the first well will be increased by the thousands!

Earlier this month I told you about a special opportunity we have to drill 4 to 6 wells in Gombe State, Nigeria for only $3000 each. The first of those wells is pumping crystal clear water for the Sansani Village. Funds have now been made available for a second well and we are only $558.83 away from having enough to drill a THIRD well!

I will be making the wire transfer of funds for the second well on August 29th. We are asking God to use someone(s), a church, Bible class, or business to help us with the $558.83 balance we need for the third well so we can wire these funds also.

Will you help us spread the word? Donating is easy. Click HERE and then the DONATE button. Or because of the short time if you donate by check to 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 also send me an email and let me know your check is in the mail: leehodges45@gmail.com.

YOU CAN CHANGE THOUSANDS OF LIVES WITH JUST THIS SMALL AMOUNT!