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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

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SOS & SOP

Save our Souls with Shouts of Praise! Thomas Jefferson knew that no man, no political party, no media pundit, and no tech giant could bring the healing and blessing that King Jesus affords to a nation! Taking cue from our update two weeks ago, we choose this week to rejoice in the goodness of God. His faithfulness never ends. His mercies renew every morning! Rejoice with us! Pray the Lord oversees the ordering of our tasks and events as we return to Cote d’Ivoire.

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The Quest for Truth

Star Witnesses

Heavenly lights and wise men are interwoven in Scripture. Just as the star led the magi of old to Jesus’ location, this coming week will grant us the opportunity to observe another celestial witness. On Monday evening, December 21, around dusk, look to the southwest horizon . . .

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The Rescue

Back in early November, we listened with interest to the report about Seal Team 6’s rescue of an American in northern Nigeria. The parallel to the Christmas season seems evident to us: our King left His throne and splendor to rescue humanity’s unworthy, sinful souls. It is a great joy for us to assist our Lord to multiply the ministries that use Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategies, which affirm the value of every human life.

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Every Season

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). Interestingly, even seasons like winter serve purposes in God’s timetable for harvests. As the natural world models, Christians also produce fruit “in season” (Ps. 1:3). It is counter-productive to be discouraged when fruit remains unformed. If faithful to do as told, much happens unseen. The LORD . . .

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Family Benefits

One great joy of being the parents of grown children is hearing them testify to God’s faithfulness. We lived that delight on Friday . . .

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Good Hurts

At times it may feel like these months have been a total waste. The verses above tell a different story.

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FoxTrot

Chasing Foxes

The wise man Solomon spoke of the little foxes that spoil the vineyards. These are little habits, little thoughts, little indiscretions, or little lies that lead us away from complete obedience to Jesus, the vine, God’s Word. . . Families are weak, churches are weak, and our nation is weak because we have not individually chased away enough little foxes that gnaw at our faith in God’s Word speaking to . . .

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