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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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Authorized Again (AA)

God has work to do in this world, and to desert it because of difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God has a work to do; and not to help Him is to oppose Him. — John Owen

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Western Cote d'Ivoire

Light and Lift

A recent report revealed the activity of a new CHE team in the west formed by some of whom we’ve trained. They will help reforest the area as brush fires caused severe damages and provide literacy training. The team found the necessary Ivorian-managed resources and some local people eager to launch the work. Pray for the new CHE endeavors taking root in western, central, and southeastern Cote d’Ivoire.

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SOS & SOP

Save our Souls with Shouts of Praise! Thomas Jefferson knew that no man, no political party, no media pundit, and no tech giant could bring the healing and blessing that King Jesus affords to a nation! Taking cue from our update two weeks ago, we choose this week to rejoice in the goodness of God. His faithfulness never ends. His mercies renew every morning! Rejoice with us! Pray the Lord oversees the ordering of our tasks and events as we return to Cote d’Ivoire.

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The Quest for Truth

Star Witnesses

Heavenly lights and wise men are interwoven in Scripture. Just as the star led the magi of old to Jesus’ location, this coming week will grant us the opportunity to observe another celestial witness. On Monday evening, December 21, around dusk, look to the southwest horizon . . .

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The Rescue

Back in early November, we listened with interest to the report about Seal Team 6’s rescue of an American in northern Nigeria. The parallel to the Christmas season seems evident to us: our King left His throne and splendor to rescue humanity’s unworthy, sinful souls. It is a great joy for us to assist our Lord to multiply the ministries that use Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategies, which affirm the value of every human life.

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