Lighting the Path
Practically every month we have been in the States, we have received encouraging news from Ivorian associates using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) in Cote d’Ivoire. A recent report revealed the activity of a new CHE team in the west formed by some of whom we’ve trained. One is a local pastor who completed a month-long CHE Internship training in 2019 that followed a 2017 CHE training with us and his being followed by teammates due to his affiliation with Healthcare Christian Fellowship International (HCFI). In 2017, he began visiting leaders in numerous villages. He evaluated their openness to the Gospel and CHE per what he had learned. After completing Awareness Meetings in December 2020, several villages decided to move forward. 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. As their next step, his team will train village committee members to direct the program and the community health evangelists to collaborate in oversight and reporting. We rejoiced to hear that one of the ladies we trained in early 2019 at a medical facility joined as a dynamic member of this developing team.
Lifting the Poor
Did you know that West Africa is home to one of the highest concentrations of poor nations in the world? For that reason, organizations like ECHO develop to offer technical help and training in Jesus’ name. As we visited churches and friends in Florida this week, we stopped to visit ECHO’s home base. There we purchased some equipment for illustrations and technical books in French to assist the agricultural components of CHE ministries expanding in Cote d’Ivoire. It was especially delightful to find seeds for Ethiopian kale. Our experiments in Bondoukou with three other forms of kale were not successful because of aphids. This African variety is known to be resistant to aphids, and we were unaware of it previously! Verlin studied between 2001 and 2006 the plant components needed to offer Ivorians nutrient-dense food sources to grow locally. As a result, he found that a combination of moringa and kale would provide the essential vitamins and minerals in a bio-available format needed to prevent most diseases there. Moringa is readily available but needed promotion. Kale could not even be found.
Prayer & Praise
- ???? Pray for the new CHE endeavors taking root in western, central, and southeastern Cote d’Ivoire. Ask the Lord for success in literacy and reforestation projects, helping these communities learn to work together and open Gospel witness.
- ???? We thank the Lord for our week with two weekends in Florida. Continue to pray as we finish our time in the Sunshine State, travel to Cookeville for a few days, and then head to Michigan for a visit there. Thank the Lord for Christ-inspired friends who warmly opened their homes to us.
- ???? The search for Verlin’s airline ticket begins next week. Pray for a good deal that applies the credit we received on our flight to the States, although more than a year has passed.
Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).