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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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Pursuing Strength

When pursuing strength by pumping iron, the phrase of ‘no pain, no gain’ gets frequently heard. This is not unlike an ancient refrain: “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.” Both ideas pass along falsehoods. However, ways of Grace develop that bring truth.

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Prioritize, Listen to Him

Listen to Him

Many voices – political, familial, medical, spiritual, social – vie for our attention and affection daily. While the input of the wise is essential, it cannot gain preeminence over THE Voice to whom we must desperately listen. As some grow, and others die in the cycle of life to which we’ve been given, let us rededicate ourselves to get beyond the elementary things of faith and do what we’ve been called to do.

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Expectancy

Two small girls saw Verlin with his full beard and red sweater and said to their mom with expectancy, “Santa Clause!” Their expression of wonder and excitement reminds us to be awed with expectant hope. Remembering the intense fervor and longing of others, we too await the advent of the true, great presence who inspires awe and praise.

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Sunshine and Shadow

Finding the balance of sunshine and shadow in all missionary service challenges each member of a family who serves in an overseas cultural context. Treasuring the important while maintaining the essential as illustrated by the disparity of the life led by the missionary and those with whom they serve that this update shares.

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Brain Changer

It amuses and instructs us when medical science “catches up” with the everlasting truths that our Lord already revealed through His Word. In recent years, much has been written about neuroplasticity in the brain. Gratitude and positive thinking grow neuron networks in the left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that helps us seek solutions to problems. As we travel along seeding the hope that comes with the Gospel through Community Health Evangelism, we are learning the power of thanksgiving. Learn it with us to hold onto what is good, grow some neurons, and solve some problems. We bid all who read a daily, Happy Thanksgiving!

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