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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

Risen to Heal

It is a wonder how the Babe in the manger transforms the way we think and work.

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Zeal for What?

Isn’t it amazing the energy expended and time devoted to find the perfect gift, or prepare a feast, or attend all the gatherings during the Christmas season? Do you ever wonder…

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Go West

Packing for travel in rural Africa is always an adventure, including tools and supplies to pull out of a mud pit, bridgeless stream, or sand pile.

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Fret Not

Maybe like King David we need to pour our hearts out in lament as he did in the psalms. “How long, O Lord?”

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On Call

Our house has certainly felt like a Help Desk this week. There has been a stream of friends and strangers flowing in and out daily…

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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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