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Moving Moments

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“… each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.”

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Mainstreaming Ministry

Missionary life and ministry gets frequently filled with moving moments—both physical and emotional. We both got moved this week. Two weeks of follow-up meetings plan foci for the following year after the university’s (UFHB) multiple CHE training sessions end. A UFHB CHE team meeting stands out as one of several recent emotionally moving moments. Through prayerful reflection over the years, we transition more and more responsibility to believers who work at the university. UFHB staff now handle all promotion, accounting, and hosting. We now simply organize and coordinate multiple trainings during the same week. Still, even that obliges enormous energy, resources, and preparation. The event requires more experienced CHE trainers than we typically field as a national collaborative at one time. However, moving onward necessitates adding more responsibilities for others.


As a couple and team, this year, we believed that the most important recommendation would be to integrate university team staff or students with private and religious-based groups. We desire to mature them with experience into being more effective trainers. This would also increase research opportunities, a key concern to them. Imagine the joy when an initial plan for four was more than doubled by them! They will designate ten university-based staff to regularly assist trainings. While gaining lesson planning and development skills, they can integrate their research beyond the coastal regions. This impacts CHE efforts, trainings, and projects all over Cote d’Ivoire. Their involvement will grant reciprocal credibility and support to CHE efforts everywhere. Intellectuals will gain acceptance with grassroots players; local champions will gain a national hearing. We expect this decision to reinforce growing church outreaches. (Greater than 20 to over 60 in the last 22 months!) How great will this become? We do not know. Reflect with us: in two weeks, just one affiliated UFHB group saw eight villagers saved; 800 community health workers of one region now get trained in CHE approaches to collaborate using CHE with many groups; the nation’s training authority for nurses and mid-wives wants every worker taught. God opens excellent doors for witnessing!



2021 UFHB Scientific Congress Team
Photo credit – Joseph Kouadio

A second emotionally moving moment occurred during the 2nd Scientific Congress that finished two weeks ago. While perusing the summaries of the 48 presentations, Verlin noted that CHE initiatives sustained 27! That’s up from 19 of 52 in 2019. Thus, CHE approaches that witness to God’s power now get mainstreamed in public and private health endeavors through ways we could only previously dream and hope.


Meaningful Moves

Other moving moments were more physical. Professional movers and Laura, Debbie’s sister, helped Debbie’s parents make the exhausting move from their home of over 20 years to a one-level apartment. Also, our daughter Cara will move from her status as a BSN RN to one having a Master’s in business on September 25. She hopes to later advance into nursing management. We are proud of her hard work and accomplishments. After learning that there will be an actual in-person graduation ceremony at Vanderbilt, we quickly decided to reinforce a prior commitment about attending family graduations. We will pull from savings so Debbie can make a trip on 09/22 to join the celebration. Previous agreements to help with a CHE training in Liberia keep Verlin on the African continent by divine appointment. Debbie expects to return to Cote d’Ivoire on October 27, a few days after Verlin returns from Liberia.


Prayer & Praise

    • ???? We celebrate in prayer Cara’s dedication to complete her Master’s degree program!
    • ???? We rejoice that Debbie’s parents moved to a one-level apartment. Pray for their continued strength to prepare their two-floor condominium for sale.
    • ???? Thank the Lord that the university CHE team mobilizes for further impact throughout the nation. Pray us through preparations of them to integrate with training CHE teams around the country.
Your Partners in the Gospel,

Verlin and Debbie


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 @ (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).


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