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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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A DIFFERENT KIND OF POVERTY

In Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty is not the result of laziness or unwillingness to work. It is poverty without the knowledge, means or opportunity to make lasting change.

I can’t tell you the number of times someone has told me, “We have plenty of needy people right here in our country.” The implication is, if I have to choose between the poor here and the poor there, I choose here.  Let’s talk about poverty for a moment. I will use a comparison between the U.S and the Nation of Chad, where we do a majority of our work right now. The following information if from the CIA website.

INDUSTRY

 United States: Farming, forestry, and fishing: 0.7%
Manufacturing, extraction, transportation, and crafts: 20.3%
Managerial, professional, and technical: 37.3%
Sales and office: 24.2%
Other services: 17.6%
  Chad agriculture: 80% subsistence farming, herding, and fishing (Defined: farming that provides for the basic needs of the farmer without surpluses for marketing).
Industry and services: 20% (2006 est.)

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE

                                United States 12%  Chad 80%

So what is my point? In every city in America there are newspapers filled with help wanted ads. In nations like chad there is not even a newspaper outside the capitol city. To add insult to injury the growing season for farming is roughly 4 to 5 months. For 7 to 8 months there is NO rainfall in a country where 80% depend on farming to live.

Add to this the lack of clean drinking water, no medical care, or opportunities for education all of which results in a life expectancy of about 50 years of age. This average is so low because of a number of factors not the least of which is a death rate of children below the age of 5 at near 50%.

When a person wakes up to a new day in Chad the goal is not to find a job, it is survival. How will I live today? Tomorrow, next week or next month is not on the radar. Survival today is the only concern.

Hope Springs International is about bringing lasting and sustainable change to countries like Chad.  The combination of new wells, training in dry season farming, food preservation and raising small animals for food, followed by providing basic medications at an affordable price enables people to stand on their own two feet.

It is an often quoted statement, which is still filled with truth. “You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a life time.” Your support of Hope Springs International is more than a gift; it is an investment that will bring change today and tomorrow.  Your gifts will effect generations to come.


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SPECIAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED PROGRAM ALLOWS HOPE SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL TO DRILL WELLS FOR ONLY $1,000 EACH

During his recent visit to Dono-Manga, Chad Rambi was able to see the well drilling operation now in progress first hand. Here is a portion of his report.

“I am happy to report that work is going on at the sites visited, new wells constructed in spite of the occasional hitches experienced by the drillers due

Capabale of drilling to 150 meters or almost 500 ft.

 to mechanical failures that some of the machines developed which are also then fixed immediately by a team of experts. I had a meeting with a senior government official responsible for the operation Mr. Lorbey Matthias who assured me that they are expecting a delivery of two additional drilling rigs to help speed their work.  The depth of the wells being drilled is generally between 65-75 meters (215-250 ft.), and they are using 150m-capacity rigs, they also deploy the use of both dragging and hammering beats in the terrain. They have 5-bare compressors, pipes of different sizes and hand pumps among other equipments. He applauded the efforts of Hope Springs International for stepping forward to assist rural communities, and reaffirms the government’s commitment to our partnership.

Furthermore, in my separate meetings with both The Chairman of Dono-Manga together with some members of his council and the water drilling official, all gave serious commitments that there will be an automatic waver when/if Hope Springs is in a position to buy and ship rigs to Chad,(see comments below), this they say will be the first of such efforts done by any NGO in the country since the return of normalcy after a protracted civil war that devastated the country. The country is still undergoing the process of reconstruction, with meager resources at its disposal, that government can do only very little.”

I mentioned in a recent report that the only other drilling operation in this nation is a commercial group that charges over $6,000 to drill one well and they operate only in the northern part of Chad. Because of the relationship we have established with the Chadian government we can drill wells for only $1,000. While much below the normal cost these are not cheap shallow wells, but deep, well constructed wells that will last for many, many years and provide clean safe drinking water for thousands and thousands of people.

This is such a great opportunity that we must take advantage of it while it is available. These wells are also opening doors to enable our ministers on the field to establish new churches and reach hundreds of people who have never heard the name of Jesus. When the 17 wells being drilled now are completed we do not know how long it will be until we can get the government drilling crew back in our area, so it is urgent that we  raise funds now for additional wells. The drillers have agreed to stay in Dono-Manga as long as we are able to provide funds for more new wells. Can you help us with the remaining 28 wells still needed for Dono-Manga?

We are also working on a program to provide portable drilling equipment that can be transported on a trailer

As the picture shows, we still have much work to do. This is the only choice for water for those villages we have yet to reach with a new well.

 behind a pickup truck and can be operated by just two men. This is an exciting new dimension to our work that you will be hearing more about it in the days ahead.

Most anywhere else in Africa it would cost thousands of dollars to drill just one well. We can do it for only $1000.  Each well will meet the needs of

 over 2000 people, their crops and their animals for many years to come. You can change and save lives for only 50 cents per person.  Send you donations today to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or donate online at www.hopespringsint.com.

New Well Waiting For Pump To Be Installed

What Would You Do If This Were Your Only Choice For Drinking Water?

Hand Dug Wells Like This One Gather Not Only Water, But Animal Waste And Other Pollutants During The Rainy Season That Contaminate This Water


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GOAL REACHED FOR NEW ORPHANAGE AND FARM COMPOUND CONSTRUCTION

Another family has stepped forward to provide the rest of the funds needed for the Hope Springs’ Orphanage and Training Farm project in Dono-Manga, Chad. Praise God!

This means that we will be able to begin construction on all facilities around the 1st. of March giving us sufficient time to complete the project before the heaviest rains of the rainy season begin toward the end of June.

I am convinced that when we listen to learn where God is working, He will show up to provide our needs abundantly. Hope Springs had no plans to begin a work in the nation of Chad when we received that first S.O.S back in February of 2009.  But God heard the prayers and pleas of the families who over a six month period had buried 600 of their children who had died from water-borne diseases and treatable childhood illnesses. Three years later 26 wells have been repaired, 16 new wells are being drilled as I write this, a new clinic has been constructed and stocked with drugs, and now we are ready to embark on a project to provide a home and future for 41 orphans. We were also told, on our recent trip to Dono-Manga, that there has been a significant drop in the death rate of children under the age of 5 where wells have been repaired. Add to this the new churches that have been established and almost 70 new Christians who have come to faith in Jesus.

Many of you have and continue to support Hope Springs International. Thank you for being Jesus to many who will be eternally grateful for your sacrificial giving to make this work possible.


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Help Us Save The Children

March 2010 Medical Mission

The African nation of Chad has the third highest child mortality rate in the world. 209 of every 1000 live births will not reach the age of 5. [The USA rate is 7.8 per 1000] The majority of these deaths result from contaminated water, poor nutrition, poor hygiene and the lack of basic medications.

Hope Springs International first answered a plea for help from Christians in Dono-Manga, Chad in February of 2009. Over 600 people in this district of 126,000 had died within a three month period, most of them children. Since that time four campaigns have focused on two of the major causes of death; the lack of clean drinking water and immediate health needs.  Out of the 25 wells in Dono-Manga in February 2009 only 6 were working.  Through partner support 16 of these wells have been repaired and in the next few weeks 15 villages will receive new wells bringing the total to 37 functioning wells. In March of this year the first drip irrigation workshop was conducted and 40 people completed the program and crops are now growing.

Ebenezer holding a sick child

While we plan to schedule more drip irrigation workshops and plan to drill 30 more wells, there is one more pressing need, a clinic that will meet the basic health concerns of mothers and newborn infants.

Of the 3.5 million deaths from water related disease 43% are due to diarrhea and 90% of those deaths are children under the age of 5. Now that clean water is available learning simple hygiene practices and making available basic medications could save the lives of hundreds of children. The wife of Pierre Rimorbe, lead minister for the churches in this area, is a mid-wife and will work in the new clinic to counsel and dispense basic medications. Other minor illnesses will also be treated for people of all ages.

Presently there is only one very small hospital with the services of only one doctor and a few nurses to meet the needs of the 126,000 people in Dono-Manga. The vast majority of these people cannot afford the services of the Hospital. This results in many needless deaths for lack of just some basic information and medication. 

Each one of these children is loved by God

Will you help us provide this clinic? We can build the clinic; provide inventory and the equipment needed for only $3,000.00.

Questions? Contact us at rabboniblog@yahoo.com

Donation may be sent to Hope Springs International, 118 Wessington Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075