François March helps a child pump water at Hope Springs.

After his wife became Muslim to appease militant Islamists, he fled with their children — and found Christ.

DONO-MANGA, Chad — In this rural African village, a young Muslim mother unfurls her prayer mat, sending wisps of dust into the air. Facing east, she bows, her head eventually touching the ground. 

François March sits on a bench nearby, just outside the meeting place of a Church of Christ. He’s clad head to toe in white, traditional West Africa garments, hand-stitched to resemble tiny flower blossoms. 

He’s a security guard for the compound, which includes the church building, a clinic and a school for nearly 1,000 students. Hope Springs International, a Tennessee-based nonprofit, sponsors the work. 

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