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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

Mushroom Firstfruits

Growing Things

Growing the Kingdom of God demands growing more than filling church buildings or so-called worship centers. Equipping the church to obey every command of Jesus unselfishly means believers learn to manage plants, work relationships, and animals among other created things. All must be managed as worship to God to facilitate the apparent dominion of Jesus over all things to all persons. Greedy decisions that often cause loss rather than gain are overcome by persevering saints.

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Yard-Nutrition

Genuine Help

Bringing genuine health, hope, and healing through the Gospel of Jesus-Christ demands more than providing modern medical services. Such a witness requires wholistic health messaging to be effective in changing physical, social, mental, and spiritual realities in a targeted milieu. The messaging needs to reinforce good practices by identifying their best practices rather than summarily dismiss all habits unfamiliar to the medical professional as useless. To genuinely help heal given individuals and their population requires that they are saved to redeem their world and their perspectives. Pray with the Andersons as they identify the good to reinforce in Cote d’Ivoire while minimizing social support for what is harmful to good health.

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Divergent Paths in Bondoukou

Diverging Roads

AWA LINK: Diverging Roads PDF Version: Anderson_Update_190928.PDF Diverging Roads Many students in high school read and get captured by Robert Frost’s poetry. Few of us understand the meaning beautifully expressed in The Road Not Taken when younger. Life experience develops understanding of the pregnant words: I shall be telling this

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Unseen Power

Many apparent good works turn out to be ‘flashes-in-the-pan,’ as the light used with 19th century circa cameras. Enduring good works happen in ways that parallel electrical current lighting. Individual believers transformed by the Good News of Jesus Christ create currents that enlighten truth and power change.

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190916 MicroEnterprise Development training photo by Dayo

Servants Leading

Many in our times use talk of popularized principles of servant leadership to galvanize different followings. Few rub shoulders with servants who lead ministries that transform lives to learn how the institutions of family, church, and government service change for the better. The majority in this world think a domineering “strong man” form of leadership is a “must-have” to establish organizational direction. Nothing could be farther from the truth when establishing institutions that endure and dominate through centuries. Read how enduring change happens in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa through a CHSC ministry.

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