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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

Hoopla or HUPLA?!?

Believers in America and elsewhere sadly acknowledge that, while millions of people gather regularly for services with exciting worship and energetic preaching, young people are leaving their ranks in droves. Also, the lifestyle of many “Christians” seems barely different than unbelievers. Where has the Church gone wrong? Can we usher

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Proven and True

The Lord equips and strengthens Ivorians to use the resources they have near at hand to effectively reach their own nation of peoples. It is beautiful to see their confidence and boldness grow!

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Salt Works

Another university Community Health Engagement (CHE) training is history. We thank the Lord…

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Fan to Flame

The Lord heard your prayers this past week for the Million Village Challenge (MVC) gathering in Abidjan. For some, it was their first time to attend a ministry conference with interaction and planning…

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Hidden Face

Although the fresh corn in our yard and beautiful rose were great to see when we arrived in Bondoukou Thursday night, the best thing about coming home was hearing the stories of lives being touched..

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When the boy’s deception was exposed, the man began viciously beating him in public. One neighbor wanted to call the police, while Koffi tried to reason with the angry man: yes the boy had done wrong, but he could be corrected in a reasonable way…

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A hunger… a burning…

Unlike Americans, when Ivorians say “microbes” in French, they are not usually thinking of microorganisms that cause disease. In this country, the word microbes refers to gangs of young men…

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Dirty Hands

Ivorians are amazed to see a white man work in fields for 5 to 7 hours in a day…

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The Book

Testimonies are abundant of those who have dreams and visions of Jesus appearing to them and saying, ‘Follow Me.’ Others will be impressed to find someone with ‘the book’ that tells the way to eternal life…

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May I interrupt?

…it is reassuring to know the Lord molds our original plans into works that are more beautiful and lasting…

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