A much needed Obstetrics/Maternity Wing at the Clinic…

April 26, 2011

African Hope Initiative has just embarked on a project to raise $250,000 to build an Obstetrics and Maternity Wing at the Source of Life Clinic in Burkina Faso. AHI Advocate, Judy Rose is leading the charge. Here is her story:

“I was about to step into the smallish room—not much bigger than a closet crowded with cardboard boxes—and burst into tears.  Not a silent trickle.  Full blown sobbing.  Stiffly, I backed out of the tight space.  I had two words for our photographer.  “Get pictures,” I gasped.  My fellow missionaries gaped at my reaction.  After all we had seen in Burkina Faso, what about this dingy place had moved me so?  I’d been thinking God brought me to Ouagadougou for my nominal French skills, but it wasn’t my abilities that God planned to use.  It was my pain.”

“My experiences with childbirth read like the depressing chapter of those What To Expect books.  Infertility.  Miscarriage.  Pre-eclampsia.  Pre-term labor and months of bed rest.  Gestational diabetes. Gall bladder complications.  And a C-section.  Three pregnancies later I had two healthy baby boys to show for it.”

 “Looking through the doorway into the ‘delivery room’ at the Source of Life clinic in Ouagadougou was enough.  The half table with the stirrups, the lack of modern delivery equipment, the stifling heat, bad lighting and shabby surroundings told the story.  I would not have made it here, I thought.  I would have died.  My children would have died.” 

“God had brought me halfway around the world to show me this one thing—this cheerless chamber—knowing that I would understand without being told.  When Dave Bidwell handed me the plans for the new maternity ward at the Source of Hope medical clinic a few days later, he knew God was speaking to me.”

“Only $250,000 is needed to create the new facility—far less than a comparable amenity in the United States.  If you have healthy children, or if you’ve suffered loss or pregnancy complications, God may be using your experiences to speak to you, too.”

Note: You can make a contribution to the Obstetrics/Maternity Wing through electronic check or credit card by clicking on the following link: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/eIL1ZJQK/africanhopeinitiative/sourceoflifemedicalclinics

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The African Hope Initiative and eMi get a little press…

January 13, 2011

The professional surveyor’s magazine, Point of Beginning, featured a story on the eMi team which surveyed and developed a site plan for the Light of Hope University last year. Pastor Michel’s inspirational vision for the university is made very clear, and the article affirms the active partnership between eMi, the African Hope Initiative, and the Word of Hope Foundation in Burkina Faso.  Kudos go to Randy Stelzner and David C. Lee who wrote the article.  You can read the online version by clicking on this link: http://www.pobonline.com/Articles/Article_Rotation/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000889436

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African Hope’s One Year Anniversary

January 11, 2011

The African Hope Initiative was launched a year ago, and it has been an exciting year as you can see in the blog below. Now we look to what is ahead in 2011. Among other initiatives, here are some highlights for 2011:

  • The opening of the School of Business for the Light of Hope University in Ouagadougou.
  • The completion of the Multi-purpose Hall at the Ephphatha School for the Deaf. This will provide a place for whole school to meet at once and for parents to more easily engage with the school, as well as helping supply income for the school as a rental hall for outside events.
  • The launch of the agricultural project/orphanage in Benin. This will offer these orphaned kids to have training in a life skill which can provide an income for them.
  • The expansion of the Community Bible Study initiative to almost 1000 churches across Burkina Faso. Imagine the personal study of the Bible and discussions that will take place.
  • The building of a Maternity Wing at the Source of Life Clinic in Ouagadougou. Currently, there is such demand that women wait sitting on mats on the floor in a tiny room until just before they deliver.

Again, the African Hope Initiative works as a facilitator or catalyst by serving local initiatives through consulting, resourcing, and connecting the initiatives with other partners. The projects themselves are the work of local leaders who we are honored to encourage and serve.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

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Video shows why we do what we do…

January 11, 2011

Take a look at this video, produced by Poverty Cure. It very powerfully shows why we at African Hope Initiative do what we do:

(Click on this link): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxASM44gPlU

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EMI sends Light of Hope U. design ideas

July 23, 2010

The EMI design team is working hard to do detail drawings for the first buildings at the Light of Hope University. A preliminary design for the dormitories was reviewed by the leadership in Burkina Faso this week.

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Team Leaves For Burkina Faso

March 8, 2010

A team team of five from Grace Chapel are leaving Denver on Thursday, March 11 for a ten day trip to Burkina Faso. The focus of the trip will be to work on unloading the container Grace Chapel shipped over in November, set up technology equipment at Deaf School, computer labs at both the Deaf School and Village of Hope and preparation trip for the November 2010 trip that will consist of deaf educators, audiologists and others in the deaf community to work at the Deaf School. Please pray for safey, good health, and effectiveness in the Burkina Faso heat.

You can see why they have captured our hearts.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

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Engineering Ministries International team gets the job done!

March 2, 2010

Surveyors at work

The team of 15 from EMI surveyed over 1000 acres, marked over 5000 survey points, and one surveyor calculated he had walked over 60 miles…all of this in 115 degree heat.  They were able to leave behind drawings, a Powerpoint presentation and a model of the site plan for the Light of Hope campus. All of this moves us much closer to the building of the future campus which will help train many leaders for Africa. Thanks EMI for your labor of love and a job well done!

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – I Corinthians 15:58

Plans take shape

Pastor Michel and Lydia receive the model


Engineering Team Leaves for Burkina Faso Today

February 11, 2010

AHI partners Engineering Ministries Internationl are leaving for Burkina Faso today to make a detailed survey and site plan of the Light of Hope University campus. As mentioned on a previous post, this team brings together some city planners, engineers, and surveyors to plan for the campus which will eventuall house 30,000 students. That’s like planning for a good size town! Thanks to EMI for their generous contribution of time and effort for this project. Please pray for the team as they undertake this “labor of love.”

You can learn more about eMI on their website: http://emiworld.org/ .

Site planning

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Surveying and City Planning Team to Map Out the University

January 17, 2010

In February a team of 15 surveyors, city planners and architects from AHI partner Engineering Ministries International, will travel to Yimdi, Buskina Faso to expand the site plan for the Light of Hope University. The surveyors will do a detailed survey of the 500 acres that has been donated. A university of 30,000 students is the size of a town, so the city planners will develop plans for  water, sewer, electricity, roads, etc. The architects will take the preliminary drawings a little further. Special thanks go to EMI working along side Pastor Michel in this adventure.

EMI surveyors at work

Early design ideas

“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
-Psalm 127:1
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