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I Cannot Get My Mind Around These Numbers!

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

8 of 15 kids that still need a sponsor.

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.) The UNICEF orphan numbers DON’T include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children. The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers…
I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot get my mind around these numbers. But you and I can change that number by one or two. For only $50 per month you can feed, clothe, educated and teach life sustaining skills to one child.
That won’t solve the world wide problem, but it will be a solution for one child. We still have 15 opportunities for someone to change a life and give them hope. Will you choose one and make that difference in

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

7 Kids that still need a sponsor.

their life?

Medical care is readily available at our Jordan Health Center which is only 30 yards from the orphanage compound. All children attend our school which is located within the the orphanage compound. The children are learning French (Major language of Chad), English and the Bible among other subjects.

Sponsorship is easy. Pick a child. Drop us an email with the child’s name to: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com. Your donations can be made each month or you may set up a monthly debit by Check or Debit/Credit Card at our Website: http://www.hopespringsint.com. Just click the donate button and you will be taken to the donation site. Full sponsorship of a child is $50.00 per month or half sponsorship for $25.00 per month.

Sponsor a child yourself or get a group from you work place to do this together. This is a great project for a bible class or a family. This small amount will make all the difference to one child.

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What do you see?

L-R, Paul Tustin, Jerry Reynolds, M/M George Boresman, Lee Hodges, Neldon Watson, Paul Coffman, Tom Dockery, A.J. Rollings, James Jarrett, Charles Scott, Bob Frahm

L-R, Paul Tustin, Jerry Reynolds, M/M George Boresman, Lee Hodges, Neldon Watson, Paul Coffman, Tom Dockery, A.J. Rollings, James Jarrett, Charles Scott, Bob Frahm

I learned many things from my first trip to Ghana, West Africa in 1969. The most frustrating lesson is this. You can share your experience, but you can’t share the experience. When you see a picture or hear a report you are only participating in the experience of another.

  • You can’t hear the chatter of hundreds of people speaking another language.
  • You can’t smell the diesel exhaust, the unforgettable stench of garbage rotting on the streets, open sewers.
  • You can’t feel the oppressive heat and humidity.
  • You can’t see the sandy haze that blots out the brightness of the
    Street preaching

    Street preaching

    sun and blows across the Sahel of West and Central Africa from the dust storms from the Sahara. They call it Harmaton.

That first visit to Ghana many years ago changed me forever. I have never been the same. When I view pictures of suffering and need in the world my heart aches for something to be done.

Today the words of Jesus resonate with me, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt. 9:36.

You can see with eyes of compassion.

In his book, “Unfinished…Believing is only the beginning”. Richard Stearns speaks of the two kingdoms the people of the world live in. One is “The Magic Kingdom”. This kingdom is filled with all of the blessings that most of us in the West experience everyday of our lives.

Children5The other is “The Tragic Kingdom”.  In “The Tragic Kingdom” …

  • Millions go to bed hungry each night. One billion are chronically short of food and are slowly starving to death.
  • Two billion children are underweight or stunted.
  • 783 million in “The Tragic Kingdom” have no access to clean water, not a drop. They walk miles each day to dip their buckets in filthy, bacteria-ridden water that makes them sick and kills their children.
  • There are 18 million orphaned children in “The Tragic Kingdom.”
  • And, finally, the most terrible statistic of all: nineteen thousand children under the age of five die every single day of largely preventable causes simply because they are poor. That’s almost 8 million children every year, one every four seconds. (These statistics taken from page 49, “Unfinished” by Richard Stearns).tithing

This is something that God sees every moment of every day.

To us it seems hopeless. It isn’t! We often feel helpless. But there is a solution!

Abraham did it. It was a requirement of the law given to Moses for Israel. I believe it was practiced by the infant church of the first century. And if Christ followers in the 21 Century practiced it…

“If Christians all gave a tithe; the US church would have an extra $168 billion for missions and service. The cost to give the whole world primary education, clean water, and basic health care and nutrition would cost just $28 billion. Think how the world would change with the resources to share the good news!” (Richards Stearns Facebook site).

If that is true, and I believe it is who is ultimately responsible to do something about the suffering in this world? What group of people should care more than those who have been bought by the precious blood of Christ?

When people ask, “Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering in the world?” His “silence” is because He has already spoken. We are His hands and feet, His ambassadors, His children. We have been blessed with the means to do it, so what is the problem?

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Children in School (3)No single person, church or organization can do it alone, but working together we have been given everything we need to do everything He asked of us.

So it is not a matter of ability, it is a matter of will.

I have seen with my own eyes what can happen when just a few people who know they can’t do everything, decided to do something. Hope Springs International was born out of exposure to an urgent need, an S.O.S. Hundreds of people, mostly children, were dying.

In just 4 short years…

  • Over 100,000 people have access to clean water.
  • 60+ orphans are being cared for.
  • Hundreds of lives have been saved, and many more are being saved because they have access to medical Pupils in School (124)care.
  • Over 600+ students are receiving an education they only dreamed of a few short years ago.

Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming of it.”

So let me close by asking, “Who is blessed more, those who receive or those who give? According to Paul, Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35). I know this to be true from personal experience. Many of you reading this know this to be true also. But there are many more who will never know the truth until they put the words of Jesus to the test.

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The Flip Flop Saga Continues…

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

Brand new for less than 4 cents a pair

It continues to be obvious that God wanted our kids in Dono-Manga to have shoes on their feet. A lady that works for Dollar General Corporation just dropped off 300 pairs of flip flops, brand new, assorted sizes and colors. She was able to purchase the whole lot for $10.00. Yes, you read that right. That works out to be less than 4 cents a pair! And I thought that getting 3500 pair for 20 cents a pair was cheap.

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If you missed how this story began click here.


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Blessed By Our New Internet Connections To Dono-Manga

Children in School (6)Hearing them reminded me again that what we are doing is so very important.

Our new Skype connection with Dono-Manga, Chad has brought us so many blessing this past week. It was made even more special this morning as Barb and I watched and listened to our now 63 orphans sing, “We must follow Jesus no matter how rough the road”. Rambi Ayala, our Director of Operations for Africa, had taught it to our team of four as we traveled many hours across three nations in Africa in 2010. Now during his visit to Dono-Manga he taught it to our orphans.

As the song ended with hands waving with thumbs up and shouts of “Thank You”, I thought of the 7 ladies who have faithful

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

The well on the compound provides plenty of clean safe water.

provided the monthly donations that enable us to feed these children. I remember also when we returned from our trip in 2010 sharing the dream of providing an orphanage “someday” in Dono-Manga and two families stepped to the plate and said we will do that. Within a matter of a few months the orphanage was built complete with a walled compound, their own well, and the location chosen was less than 100 yards from the Jordan Health Center that would provide for their health care.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

Our orphans playing on the compound grounds.

It will soon be 4 years since we answered that first SOS from Dono-Manga. There has not been one day during that time that I questioned that this was the work of God’s hand. It is without a doubt the most humbling work I have ever been a part of.

To those of you who support this work, thank you seems so inadequate to express how we feel about you. You are not only a blessing to the people of Dono-Manga, you are a blessing to us as well. Without your willingness to be used by God we simply could not do what we do.


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“70 year old grandmother cares for 12 children in a one room hut.”

“Another minister just received a request for assistance from a widow that has just inherited 6 children due to the death of their parents.” These are just two of the stories Pierre Rimorbe shared in his recent report from Dono-Manga, Chad.

Our recently completed orphanage presently houses 41 orphans, but Pierre shares that there are over 100 orphans in the Dono-Manga District. AIDS, a long war with neighboring nations, malnutrition, cholera and other untreated diseases have caused the present crisis of children who roam the streets looking for a hand out to make it another day.

When parents die other family members try to help, but they have so little for their own families they often turn them away. Others, like the 70 year old grandmother mentioned above, try to stretch what little they have and in the process place their own lives at risk.

Children without parents in Dono-Manga are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. Children of parents who have died of AIDS are often considered outcasts and not

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allowed to play with other children. Losing your parents is often compounded by the loss of the child’s birthright to their parent’s property. The end result is they become “street children”, begging for their very existence. Many young girls turn to prostitution to survive.

Money came in quickly to build our orphanage, but finding sponsorship for our 41 orphans has been much more of a challenge. Presently we have seven ladies who signed up to sponsor or help sponsor one of our children. (I have nick named them the “Magnificent Seven’). Their monthly donations have been used to feed all 41 children three small meals per day. These funds have recently been stretched to include 15 additional orphans who sleep outside the orphanage and receive one meal per day. These 15 ask to be allowed to stay not just for the food, but for an opportunity to attend the school whose temporary classrooms are on the orphanage grounds.

Children in front of completed Orphanage

We have such a tremendous opportunity to be Jesus to these kids. James, the half-brother of Jesus who knew Him so well said, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27 NLT.

Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, asked a sobering question in his book, “The Hole in our Gospel”. “Does God have different levels of compassion for children based on their geographic location, their nationality, their race-or their parents’ income level? Does He forget their pain because He is preoccupied with other things? Does He turn the offending page to read the sports section or is His heart broken because each child is precious to Him? Every one of these children is His child – not somebody else’s.”

Each of these children has a name, a personality, and each is known and loved by God. We are committed to helping these 62 children. Their names are listed below. You may fully sponsor a child for $100 per month or partial sponsorship for $35 per month. All funds donated until we have full sponsorship for all children will be used to feed and clothe all the children to the extent that funds allow.

Are there places in our world with greater need? I am sure there are, but not many. Are there places easier to reach places to meet people’s need? I am confident there are. But you see this is a need that we have seen with our own eyes and that has touched our hearts. We have seen their tears, their smiles and that look of hopelessness in their eyes. We held these children and we told them we would find a way to help. Will you join us? Donations may be mailed to HSI, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or you may donate at our Website through PayPal: www.hopespringsint.com.


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Three Questions

“A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. Question 1: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler? Question 2: Had you lived in the South during the civil right conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism? Question 3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people are poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?” (“Out Live Your Life”, by Max Lucado)

The Lord blessed me with a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of a few of those poor and hungry. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of our 41 orphans at our orphanage in Dono-Manga, Chad. When I do I am also thankful for 7 ladies who fully or partially sponsoring 7 of our children. One of those ladies sponsors 2 children. They have become mothers to the motherless. In fact until sponsors can be found for the remaining 34 children, the money these ladies give enables us to provide at least two meals per day for all of our children.

I don’t know how you would respond to the three questions above. I know how these ladies have responded. I am thankful and proud of them. I know God is and I am betting their grandchildren will be too!

If you would like to join these ladies (and you don’t have to be a lady), and sponsor a child it is simple. Full sponsorship is $100 per month; joint or ½ sponsorship is $50 per month. Just drop us a note at Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075, or email us at: hopespringsinternational@yahoo.com and let us know your intentions.

I love what was the Apostle Paul said about David in Acts 13:36, “After David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried.” NLT.

O Lord, what an amazing opportunity you have spread out before me—a chance to make a difference for you in a desperately hurting world. Help me to see the needs you want me to see, to react in a way that honors you, and to bless others by serving them gladly with practical expressions of your love. Help me be Jesus’ hands and feet, and through your Spirit give me the strength and wisdom I need to fulfill your plan for me in my own generation. In Jesus name, Amen.