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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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Flex and Bend

Flex and bend is a good mantra during days of upheaval. United States citizens relearn community health disciplines like social distancing while evading social disinterest, dissociation, or disintegration. The experience reminds us of lessons revisited in Cote d’Ivoire when political strife kept the family cooped-up. One lesson brought to light is the importance of maintaining . . .

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The Two-Way Street

Ministry is a two-way street. Sometimes the road is not well-traveled, and even a bit narrow, but it is still bi-directional. Jesus walks it with us. Sometimes, we walk it with Jesus. The latter tends to go better. Two Discovery Bible Study groups have started. Two more are on tap, and maybe a fifth. Some friends on the Way are getting a little happier and because of their closer walk with Jesus.

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Facing Fear

Almost without exception, it is Christians living in dangerous situations of spreading disease who have the courage to reach out, help their neighbors, and so demonstrate hope given by the Gospel. Many unbelievers are not willing to take extra risks. Their love fails. Believing and trusting hearts do not faint, or give in even a little to the panic fed by any political agenda. Instead, believers do as they have done throughout the ages when similar situations occurred. We pray; we plan; we equip ourselves to serve during the time of crisis, facing our fears to overcome them.

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Good Things

Cason and Suzanne (our firstborn and his wife) had an excellent school meeting. Corbin had a breakthrough. Cara gifted us. Two Ivorian Community Health Evangelism (CHE) trainers receive investments to do micro-enterprise so that they can self-fund their ministry.

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Crushed Hope

It hurts to see hope crushed. Tens of thousands of people watched in despair as their shacks were razed and paltry belongings crushed. Hope crushed becomes hope reignited in the hands of Jesus. While traveling, we get to share stories of hope reignited in other parts of this transforming nation.

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Duty or Delight?

Sabbath rests allow for the percolation of ideas that prove invaluable for the future of all. The Creator wove our need for Sabbath into human DNA. The times of reflection let us adapt through life-giving, truth-spreading worship (John 4). Our supposed “fixes” by working harder, physically resting longer, or growing in social influence do not match the enduring remedy of God.

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Pursuing Strength

When pursuing strength by pumping iron, the phrase of ‘no pain, no gain’ gets frequently heard. This is not unlike an ancient refrain: “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.” Both ideas pass along falsehoods. However, ways of Grace develop that bring truth.

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