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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

DEADLINE LIFELINES

We try to have the content for each update by Wednesday. This week Verlin began writing twelve minutes before our self-imposed 5PM EST Saturday deadline to post. We missed it today, but our faithful Lord kept His deadlines. One in particular hints at a mighty act He prepares to do,

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CITY LIGHTS

Since returning home in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, our thoughts have turned toward the training that we will help host December 4-6. There is a strong principle that unites this Disciple-Making Movement (DMM) effort with the Million Village Challenge (MVC) conference that took place last week

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NOT SURPRISED

Things almost never turn out as we expect in Africa when planning meetings, but we are not surprised when the Lord works things out despite what appear to be many obstacles. He did that again this week during the Million Village Challenge. We were not surprised that: ▪ two CHE

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NOT SURPRISED

Things almost never turn out as we expect in Africa when planning meetings, but we are not surprised when the Lord works things out despite what appear to be many obstacles. He did that again this week during the Million Village Challenge. We were not surprised that: ▪ two CHE

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VOICES

This week was replete with opportunities to use our voices for the sake of the Kingdom. Sunday morning Verlin began the training of a sixth evangelical church in Bondoukou to learn how to conduct Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) at home and church. In another setting many people were invited to

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CHANGING GLASSES

One very interesting lesson in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training describes worldview by using a pair of glasses as an example. It is an “eye-opening” session to understand that every person on the planet looks at life and the events around them through their own particular lens of culture, family,

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GOODLY HERITAGE

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places …. I have a goodly heritage. – Ps.16:6 In the quest to inform many churches and Christian organizations about the Million Village Challenge (MVC) in November, we have interacted with hundreds of people to galvanize CHE expansion. This week, we met

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LOOK AND LISTEN

Last Saturday morning after the university training finished on Friday, Verlin, Dayo, and three Ivorian CHE association trainers accompanied Professor Luc and most of his university team to Kodiokro. A few hours from Abidjan, the village of more than an hundred families is home to one of their fledgling CHE efforts.

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FEEDBACK

What follows are comments from students collected during our week-long Community Health Engagement (the public health model of Community Health Evangelism) at the university. Dayo Obaweya, CHE coordinator for West Africa, told the assembled in closing statements that he believes their application of CHE will become a model used in all

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WAIT

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. -Is.64.4 The Lord is my light . . . wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for

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