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GROWTH AMONG ROCKS AND THORNS

Spend a few days with us in the Copper Canyon and you’ll begin to understand what the enemies of growth are: disease, alcoholism, lack of education, the list goes on. Yet a deeper threat than the dry fields are feelings of hopelessness and the people’s fear of curses. Often, even more than their material poverty, these factors prevent the Tarahumara from advancing to a healthier way of life.

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Haley’s Latest Update

How is it possible that I live in a place where parents have to choose which of their children to feed, or where clean drinking water is such a luxury?

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Planted Blessings

One of the joys of COVID-19 restrictions lifting is the opportunity to meet for mutual encouragement. The national Ivorian CHE (Community Health Evangelism) leadership plans to host a gathering in early June. . . . In preparation for the meeting, Verlin received some calls by phone and in person. During their visits to our staging place, the home office in Bondouou, a longtime friend who holds property for a future agricultural project and a nurse trained in CHE a decade ago gained some blessings while in the yard.

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Incognito

… an Ivorian brother … establishes churches in an unreached area. The majority in his region hold firmly to another faith. The ways this pastor entered the community and sought to break barriers is intriguing and follows prior counsels from us. He did not announce himself as a pastor, come to plant a church. He found a valuable product to sell, then he went house to house. While conversing with families, he learned about the community. In some visits, he also shared and demonstrated agricultural techniques to improve crop production. Spiritual discussions opened as a by-product, and he invited them to Discovery Bible Studies in homes.

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The Covering

A new project represents the effort by one of the over 300 people our team has trained at the university. The professional prepares to train over 800 nurses in southern Cote d’Ivoire with CHE! We anticipate the effort will have life-giving impacts on thousands of people who will receive timely, wholistic care. Another trainer reported how CHE is building families in a community.

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We had to leave Nyankunde

So it’s been a week since we fled Nyankunde. I have not written about the experience, mostly because I didn’t know what to say.  Most importantly, we are fine.  We are safe. 

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Maternity

This is a serious post from a heartbroken pediatrician.  I know the statistics: neonatal deaths account for 40% of deaths in children <5years of life.  Most neonatal deaths occur at home within the first 28days of life, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.  Midwives are critical in decreasing death rates.  Check, check, and check.  Now, what can we actually DO in a low-resource area with insecurity, to really make a difference?

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