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Verlin and Debbie Anderson


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

Well Blessed

Troubled, but not distressed; perplexed, but not despaired; pressed but not crushed. The Apostle Paul shared these perspectives in 2 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV, NIV). While never stoned, beaten, or shipwrecked like Paul, we have lived through difficulties in . . .

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New Faces

New faces and new friends consistently bless us. After Verlin left Debbie at the airport for travel, he took Chelsea to McDonald’s®, he stuck up a conversation with a couple and an employee of like age whose mutual frustration with the electronic ordering system created camaraderie. The couple completed their order and then sat nearby to . . .

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As American citizens take the weekend to celebrate freedom from a bygone money-motivated monarch, citizen-led interventions act to help lepers in Cote d’Ivoire become free and “touchable.” About five years ago, the Ivoirian overseeing leprosy treatment programs was exposed to CHE at the UFHB (university). When the Raoul Follereau Foundation learned of CHE approaches, the director supported adopting CHE for the national organization. In the next 12 days …

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Badges and Bites

While we dealt with badges and bites in Tennessee this week, Ivoirian Community Health Evangelism (CHE) partners continued to plan, train, and engage in greater than 70 communities within Cote d’Ivoire! . . . Ivoirian CHE partners with whom we coordinate plant churches and impact communities. They foster personal and group transformation by following God’s lead to obediently help shift participants to live by Biblical beliefs. We strengthen Discovery Bible Studies, pig and goat production, Farming God’s Way, forestry projects, moringa plantations, bee-keeping, family garden, literacy, well-digging, health & hygiene lessons, building churches and schools, AIDS intervention programs, and training nurses – OF WHICH WE KNOW!

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