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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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Sweet chariot

Community Health Evangelism (CHE) pursues enduring transformation that involves every member of a given community. During this week… 50 intellectual and medical leaders heard the … The assertion that faith makes the difference, …. the administrator planning to train 800 nurses in SE Cote d’Ivoire with a church leader who uses CHE strategies in the region … Another university hospital researcher trained in CHE between 2013-2015 affirmed that CHE principles are now deeply integrated with his hospital work… we learned from the AISEC president that the Raoul Follereau Foundation now plans to use CHE in Cote d’Ivoire within the 70 communities where they work. Community collaboration, which CHE initiates or strengthens by the work of the Holy Spirit amid humankind, matters whether you need to find a lost trailer, combat a pandemic, change agricultural techniques, reverse malnutrition, or reach an entire nation with the Gospel.

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Planted Blessings

One of the joys of COVID-19 restrictions lifting is the opportunity to meet for mutual encouragement. The national Ivorian CHE (Community Health Evangelism) leadership plans to host a gathering in early June. . . . In preparation for the meeting, Verlin received some calls by phone and in person. During their visits to our staging place, the home office in Bondouou, a longtime friend who holds property for a future agricultural project and a nurse trained in CHE a decade ago gained some blessings while in the yard.

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Incognito

… an Ivorian brother … establishes churches in an unreached area. The majority in his region hold firmly to another faith. The ways this pastor entered the community and sought to break barriers is intriguing and follows prior counsels from us. He did not announce himself as a pastor, come to plant a church. He found a valuable product to sell, then he went house to house. While conversing with families, he learned about the community. In some visits, he also shared and demonstrated agricultural techniques to improve crop production. Spiritual discussions opened as a by-product, and he invited them to Discovery Bible Studies in homes.

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The Covering

A new project represents the effort by one of the over 300 people our team has trained at the university. The professional prepares to train over 800 nurses in southern Cote d’Ivoire with CHE! We anticipate the effort will have life-giving impacts on thousands of people who will receive timely, wholistic care. Another trainer reported how CHE is building families in a community.

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