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Verlin and Debbie Anderson

BIO

Life and ministry in Africa are not new to our family. We purposefully prepared for it. Saved as children, we met while completing our college degrees in Nashville (Verlin: BSN Nursing, 1994, and B.A. Pastoral Administration/Missions, 1987; Debbie: B.S. Secondary Education/English, 1987), married, and began raising a family. Responding to the Lord’s call in 1997, we joined our Baptist mission through whom we served 16 years in Cote d’Ivoire. We worked in church-planting efforts, but focused on introducing Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in as many venues as possible. Living through three armed conflicts convinced us even more that CHE is a tool that brings lasting transformation to individuals and communities. Many poor in Cote d’Ivoire languish without access to clean water, healthcare, education, and shelter. Malnutrition, AIDS, malaria, and other preventable diseases ravage daily life. We work in partnership with public and Christian groups throughout the country, facilitating Community Health Evangelism (CHE) teams. Daily ministry with Ivorians includes modeling disease prevention and good nutrition, demonstrating microenterprise and Farming God’s Way, and sharing Jesus in word and deed. Individual lives are changed physically, spiritually and socially by Christ. Local churches grow and show community transformation that endures and improves throughout generations. Our passion is to further fuel and equip West African CHE teams who strive to multiply hope in their neighborhoods, their country, and their continent.


Donations can be sent by mail to: Christian Health Service Corps PO Box 132 Fruitvale, TX 75127

Loss and Gain

Philippe served Jesus faithfully in FWB churches and had participated in university CHE training to plan integration for their wider application with church-growing programs. He will be sorely missed.

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Unexpected

The term “unexpected” can have such a wonderful or heart-rending connotation. Some of our ministry partners and we ourselves have had some unexpected events recently. In mid-June, the mega-city of Abidjan experienced torrential rainfall and flooding all over the city. Thousands of people were affected, including our dear Christian friends, the team leader

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Quests

This has been quite a month of quests in ministry and in the lives of people we love.

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MUNDANE

Bright spots of answered prayer and significant advancement in the Kingdom punctuate the long stretches of pressing on through daily routines.

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SUMMER ALREADY?

As you receive this, we will be on a flight to Nashville. Four basic reasons take us to the USA this summer, along with many fringe benefits. 1) Our youngest son, Corbin, graduates from college in May! Many years ago our family decided that graduations were to be family events.

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Wrapping Up

This week wrapped up well for us. The CHE (Community Health Evangelism) training of trainers (TOT1) in Bouna finished on Friday night, as expected. The pastors-in-training appreciated what they learned from four trainers. In addition, during three nights, they participated in or practiced leading Discovery Bible Studies (DBS). One man

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Messy Lives

How well do you know your neighbors and their messy lives? Discovery Bible Studies at home…

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Verlin & Deb in Greece

Refreshing Service Our first week at the medical conference was productive and encouraging. It is invigorating to meet new people doing similar work around the world. With more than sixty nations represented, we learn from each other and experience an even greater joy while sharing what has been effective in

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Interconnected

To dare to believe that a whole community, or village, or city, or region, or nation can be reached with the Gospel requires eyes of faith.

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Joyful Visits

The house is very quiet today since our missionary friends with four sons ages 9 to 15 left early this morning.

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