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“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…
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The recent heavy flooding in southern Chad has caused our patient flow to go from 1000 people every 4 to 6 weeks to over 250 per day. I have been asked more than once, “How can you treat that many people in the course of a day?” People’s needs are being met by one fulltime nurse, (we do not have a doctor), and one fulltime assistant. Four volunteers have been taught to give immunizations and dispense medications under the watchful eye of our nurse Eloi. Three ladies from the community that have served as midwives in the past have also volunteered their services.
But the short answer is simply these Christians see their work as service to God. They also know without the Jordan Health Center hundreds of these people, the majority of them children, would just die.
As Americans we often complain of our “health care crises” in this…
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Most of us have probably seen a movie, television show or photograph of medical needs being provided in dire circumstances with little to no adequate medical equipment, facilities or staffing. Most of us also have the ability that when the slightest medical need arises for us, we can drive to a medical facility and be seen fairly quickly with the latest technology and methods.
However, the first scenario that we have seen, but never had to experience is a reality for many. We also have the unique opportunity to change this reality for the 1000s that come monthly to The Jordan Health Center.
Although the two person staff is accustomed to the volume that The Jordan Health Center normally receives, an increase of patients due to an unusually heavy rainy season in August and September that caused major flooding has caused severely dehydrated and exhausted patients to travel to The…
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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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