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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

Radio COVID-19 Intervention

The “C” Continuum

Our holy and loving Father comforts us because He does not lie. Unlike social media activists and aspiring politicians, His words ring true—always. He is the Truth . . . Conversely, the Lord’s unfailing Word rings warnings . . . This week we spoke or exchanged with Ivorian ministry partners. As always, we rejoice to hear their news and learn how Jesus uses His children who press on and overcome obstacles. Your prayers break down strongholds and speed them on their way.

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Grace Touches

Some gifts shimmer with God’s glory. We regularly experience such grace touches. Debbie recently spent hours online and on the phone, to get a voucher for our return trip(s) to Africa. We annulled the second leg of our expected August travel with no fee since COVID-19 responses canceled a flight. For now, we leave our return date(s) open. We see two tripwires to schedule it. One, …

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New Friends

Travel Tips to Trust

It is interesting to observe how fears decrease with a fuller understanding of the COVID-19 disease. Frequently when we share with others, confidence grows that God develops a shared understanding to overcome the pandemic . . . . stressing out about things we cannot individually control only WEAKENS our human immune systems over time.

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Below Surface

Beneath the surface of COVID-19 realities lies greater dangers for Cote d’Ivoire and African nation-states. Several of our Ivorian friends anticipate that economic fallout from the response will outweigh the medical impact on who lives and dies. Family-run roadside businesses close. Gathered crops rot because of transport limitations in and out of the economic capital. Threats to national security by . . .

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Checking Upstream

At some point, most leaders experience a situation where they think, “There is not enough of me to go around!” Medical personnel in hospitals around the world regularly face guilt, stress, and burnout when patient care suffers due to inadequate staff, training, and resources.

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