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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

LOOK AND LISTEN

Last Saturday morning after the university training finished on Friday, Verlin, Dayo, and three Ivorian CHE association trainers accompanied Professor Luc and most of his university team to Kodiokro. A few hours from Abidjan, the village of more than an hundred families is home to one of their fledgling CHE efforts.

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FEEDBACK

What follows are comments from students collected during our week-long Community Health Engagement (the public health model of Community Health Evangelism) at the university. Dayo Obaweya, CHE coordinator for West Africa, told the assembled in closing statements that he believes their application of CHE will become a model used in all

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WAIT

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. -Is.64.4 The Lord is my light . . . wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for

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HODGEPODGE

Verlin’s time in the U.S. to check on Debbie and attend denominational meetings failed to let him dedicate as much time for visits as hoped, though a few were made besides attending a family reunion. This time, the hodgepodge we live while managing family responsibilities apart for a little longer

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OUNCE OF PREVENTION

Verlin just returned from meetings with the National Association of Free Will Baptist churches of which we have been members incovenant (see PDF p.7) since childhood. The speakers and breakout sessions showed the diversity of ministry needed as Christ’s Kingdom advances on earth. The heritage still provides guidelines for us. Diverse subjects

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TIME N SPACE

The LORD uses His own space and time to accomplish His will. It’s AWESOME! He coordinates flights, meetings, and encounters so we His people and others outside of our folds, or sheep pens, hear His truth. With thanksgiving we affirmPsalm 23’s declaration that He leads His own in paths of

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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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