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If You Plan, They Will Come

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. Active CHE trainers from around the country are invited to this event that has not been held for several years. Information-sharing, workshops, and round table collaborations mark CHE practitioner meetings.


Given that Verlin injured his foot, we count this meeting a well-timed blessing. Co-laborers in CHE will converge in one place, rather than obliging people to travel to see each other individually or during local training events. We pray the time will provide an excellent yet brief overview in two days of how the Lord is at work, rather than spending months to visit each ministry on-site initially. In this way, we hope to more effectively plan later visits and target teams needing encouragement or further training.

Backyard Blessings

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 Bondoukou, 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. A discouraging topic that preoccupied them was the worldwide trend of increasing political and social corruption. The discouragement yielded to the hope in Christ. Verlin shared from Ivorian experiences how God enables Christ-followers to reorganize efforts to rightly do good through CHE. These believers collaboratively learn to do justice and love mercy as men, fathers, co-workers, and citizens. The yard’s moringa trees, the demonstration of a Wholistic World View Analysis traced on the ground while sharing hibiscus tea gave the backdrop needed to troubleshoot a stalled CHE program. The space let Verlin illustrate how Ivorians coordinate to clean their homes, grow moringa, instruct children, and form new fellowships of believers. When asked about priorities during our seventh term of service in Cote d’Ivoire, Verlin shared a neighbor’s copy of the HEPFDC flipbook. Someone using it the last two years testified to changes wrought. We plan to offer it for integration into health and education programs this term. The two men who came to visit a ‘cripple’ left feeling encouraged about what they could do for their family’s future within the nation and our times.

Prayer & Praise

  • ???? Pray for the national CHE gathering planned for June 3-5. In many years, this will be the first chance that trainers from around the nation will specifically convene, share their ministry experiences, and seek counsel while giving and receiving encouragement. Previous meetings were held in 2008, 2013, and 2016. Ask the Lord to smooth the planning details while preparing hearts and ways for the exchanges.
  • ???? Verlin experienced minor improvements to his foot this week, though that type of healing always seems molasses slow. He even spent a brief moment on a ladder to test and exercise some tendons but cannot walk normally yet. Slight swelling remains around two of the tendons. Pray his healing progress continues.
  • ???? Debbie passed a jam-packed yet enjoyable six days with her parents. The progress made in sorting and packing encouraged everyone as they prepare to move and downsize for health reasons. Deb will help with just a few more details next week. How blessed we are that our surviving earthly mothers and father are valiant in spirit, strong in mind, and dealing gracefully with their aging issues.
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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