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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

Scandalon

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190601.PDF In a time when lukewarm Christianity and scandalous accusations are made among prominent Christian leaders, it is reassuring to personally know some “real deal” believing friends. This is the kind of spiritual brother or sister whom you see finish their spiritual lives on earth well—not because they

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Sign Posts

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190518.PDF It is quite common to become so absorbed in the details of daily work that we can miss sign posts that indicate how far we have traveled down the road of ministry. True for all of us with any work, right? Recently, we had an epiphany when

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The Matrices

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190427.PDF   Years before he ever saw The Matrix on a language blocking DVD player, a friend approached Verlin and said, ”Mr. Anderson, I presume.” He was not the first to so address Verlin, nor the last, but he attempted to explain the movie’s plot that led Verlin

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Called Meetings

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190406.PDF “Take a flight to Abidjan, find Verlin, and talk about CHE (Community Health Evangelism).” Something like that was the directive given to an Nigerian believer by a mission leader who had met Verlin during an International Wholistic Missions Conference (IWMC Tracks – Promo video). (FYI, the 2019

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Gifts of Peoples

PDF Version: Anderson_Report_19_03_02.pdf Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:8 According to the most recent Joshua Project statistics, there are 109 people groups (“nations” as the Scripture often puts it, or tribes,

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Wrong or Strong?

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190223.PDF   When we do change to people, they experience it as violence, but when people do change for themselves, they experience it as liberation. Rosabeth M. Kanter (Harvard Business School) It is a fact that, at times, a secular organization may put into practice a biblical principle

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Target Practice

The dawn of a new year is a good time to reflect, pray, and evaluate where we have been in our personal and work lives, and plan where we need to go.

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Helmets

PDF Version: AWA_Update_190105.PDF Right after Christmas, several churches in Bondoukou received an unusual visit. The prefect (regional governor) entered with a small entourage to make an announcement during the morning services. He spoke of an alarming trend and growing problem: motorcycle riders who are not wearing helmets recklessly zip around

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