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September 24, 2012

Hope Springs International

Animism is the belief in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena. The belief in the existence of spiritual beings that are separable or separate from bodies. Practitioners, often called “witch doctors”, cast spells or incantations in an attempt to heal the sick, and control the events in the lives of others, some good – some evil. It is a major influence in many of the villages that surround the District of Dono-Manga where we are presently working.

Pierre Rimorbe and his team of ministers have identified seven villages without any Christian presence where animism is the major influence. Each of these villages has a population of approximately 1500. Pierre and his ministry team are seeking to establish a foothold for the Gospel through the children from one of these villages who are attending our school in Dono-Manga.

All seven of these villages have an out-of-service…

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September 21, 2012

Hope Springs International

Covered with starfish that had washed up on the beach after a storm, a little girl stood looking. Suddenly she went into action walking down the beach and whenever she came near a starfish, she threw it back in the ocean.

A man watched her for some time and then approached the little girl.

“Are you foolish? You can’t possibly throw all these starfish back in the ocean. Your effort doesn’t matter.”

The little girl looked at him for a moment and then reached down, picking up another starfish and flung it to the ocean. Looking at the man she replied, “It mattered to that one.” (adapted from The Starfish Story by: Loren Eisley

Who do you identify with in this story?

Are you the man who looks at the great need and in a moment of being overwhelmed says, “I can’t change the world?”

Are you the child that looks…

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September 18, 2012

Hope Springs International

Nigerian soldiers stand guard outside the church as the sound of worshipers singing; “blessed assurance, Jesus is mine” is heard coming from inside. One hundred yards away the smoldering city dump fills the air with the stench of burning waste. If you could see it you might be reminded of the Gehenna Jesus spoke about and likened to Hell. Pushed to this least desirable side of town by the overwhelming Muslim population, this group of Christians is just one of the many groups whose houses of worship line the streets here.  But only a few still come to worship. It has become very dangerous to be a Christian in this part of Nigeria.

The group is only about half the size it once was. Many of the families fled when the Boko Haram terrorists began targeting churches with their bombs. Striking often during services and killing worshipers, but on…

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September 16, 2012

Hope Springs International

In just eight short months Lindsey McDuffie and the members at CrossFit Hendersonville reached their goal of $10,000.00 to assist Hope Springs International ship their new well drilling machine to Chad, Africa. In May of this year they gave their first installment of $6,000.00 and on September 7th, the last installment of $4,000.00

Their original goal was to provide a well somewhere in the world that would provide clean safe water for people who had none. When they learned they could provide hundreds of wells by helping get our new machine to Chad, they were all over it.

CrossFit Hendersonville is all about physical fitness, but for many of its members it’s also about making a difference in their community and the world

Their Facebook mission statement says, “CrossFit Hendersonville’s mission is to provide the most effective, balanced health & fitness program. The focus of CrossFit is to…

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September 6, 2012

Hope Springs International

A government worker’s strike in Chad has recently expanded to include those in the health care field. People needing treatment now have to find private hospitals and healthcare providers which are few and far between in one of the poorest counties in the world. This new development has increased our patient flow at the Jordan Health Center in Dono-Manga. People are now coming from 25 to 30 miles away to Dono-Manga because they have heard of the health center. Sadjinam Nestore, hurt badly in an automobile crash 16 miles from Dono-Manga, was brought by friends to the health center where he has been stabilized and is responding to

treatment.

A doctor from the nearest Catholic Hospital is now making regular visits to our health center to assist our nurse in treating patients and is also providing consultations on some of the more difficult cases.

Lead evangelist Pierre Rimorbe…

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September 3, 2012

Hope Springs International

Information about Chad

Area: 1,284,000 sq. km (496,000 sq. miles)

Population: 11.2 million (2010 World Bank est.

Capital City: N’Djamena (population 700,000 est.

People and languages: The population of Chad is made up of 200 ethnic groups. The official languages are French and Arabic but local languages are widely used

Religions: Islam is predominate in the north and, Christianity, Animism and indigenous beliefs are all practiced in the south

Currency: CFA Franc (Fixed to Euro

Head of State: President Lt. Gen Idriss Deby Itno (re-elected in 2011

Chad is a resource-poor, landlocked country, bordered by the Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and Libya. Chad is mostly desert in the north and then progresses to semi desert to savannah in the south.

Like Sudan and Nigeria the country is divided equally between  Muslims in the north and Christians, animist and others to the south.

Hope Springs International presently…

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