God’s Field and God’s Building

“After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.  I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.  It’s not important who does the planting, or […]

Praise and Prayer End of July!

    Ethiopia: Praise There are 102 students at the current training, the team reports that they are some of the sharpest and most joyful trainees we’ve ever had! Their worship time together is incredible. There were over 21 universities represented between the last two weeks of training! Prayer The high altitude of this location […]

Praise and Prayer July 23rd!

  Nigeria Praise This week, Samuel met with 7 of the new believers from the jungle, and it was a really a good time for them! They are continuing tomorrow with the teaching.  Benjamin is really progressing in his training, and is taking Bible classes by correspondence. He is the one who witnessed to the […]

Ethiopia:  Praise The training going well!  the temperature is unexpectedly cool. Eskinder, Eyasu, Rich, Terese all made it to the training and are enjoying working together! The prime minister of Eritrea and the President of Ethiopia met in Awasa, and are signing peace documents. We might be able to hold a training up in Eritrea […]

Praise and Prayer July 9th

Nigeria Praise Comfort is running training in Maiduguri this week with Good News Church and is expecting 30-40 participants! Seven teenagers in Maiduguri that Comfort has trained in use of the gospel card have agreed to speak to their friends about the gospel this week and will talk to Comfort on Sunday to share with […]

July prayers for mercy and thanks for God’s faithfulness

Nigeria Praise for the safety of Gindiri Theological Seminary, and most of Jos and the surrounding area over the weekend.  for peace in Maiduguri (our trainer, Comfort’s area!) this week for God’s continued work! Comfort is doing a training this week in Good News Church in her local area with 30-40 members.  the former drug […]

Praise and Prayer ~ the faithfulness of God in the midst of strife

    Ethiopia: Praise Eyasu estimates that every month 40-50 Muslims are coming to Christ through MBBs that we work with! They’ve said that the biggest challenge they face is not knowing what to teach new believers after conversion, so our materials are solving the biggest challenge they face in their churches. Praise God! Prayer […]

Praise and Prayer mid June!

Ethiopia: Praise Rich has finished the Tigre translation! Eyasu reports that many muslims are coming to Christ, and he is currently working with MBBs. The July trainings in Ethiopia are all set to go! Prayer Eyasu’s youngest daughter is going through exams! Prayer for her success. Eyasu will be working with 26 MBBs over the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ In Nigeria, USA, Cameroon, Ethiopia, God is at work!

Nigeria Praise  In the Niger state training, a Muslim who became a Christian as a result of the trainees’ outreach, attended the whole training! We gave him a copy of the Bible at the end and the local pastor found someone to mentor him so that he will remain in the faith. The trainees were […]

End of May: Praise and Prayer

We praise God together for all He has accomplished and the blessing of working and walking alongside Him in the Spirit! Scripture shared by the team: Numbers 23:8 “How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced” 2nd Tim. 1:7 “God does not […]

Fiery Trials and Protective Miracles: Muslim background believers

These are a few of the incredible testimonies of former Muslims turned evangelist we have had the privilege of training! For safety reasons we cannot use pictures or disclose the countries that they are in, but these powerful stories deserve to be told. Glory be to God for His work in their lives! Evangelist 1: […]

Praise and Prayer ~ Strong Together in Spirit

Nigeria Praise Peter’s training with the recovering substance abusers from the forests outside Jos is going well! Many of them are praying actively for jobs, as they are turning to substance abuse out of hopelessness. Pray with them, and pray that they may find more brothers and sisters in their local churches to help support […]

Diaspora ~ Pastor Yisa and the prayer that saved a life

Rich and Pastor Yisa pictured above Cameroon is experiencing a lot of internal unrest and terrible violence these past few months. The city where we held the large conference and training, Belo, has been at the epicenter of the worst recent confrontations between the military and rebels and is now a ghost town and Anyadua, […]

Peter’s report– Jalingo and Plateau trainings, and many more opportunities!

The ministry staff went to see the Bishop of the Lutheran Church (his deputy was among those we trained at the RCCN Jalingo) and he highly recommended our training materials and strategy for his denomination. The bishop was impressed and said he wanted us to train all the pastors, evangelists, and leaders in his diocese. […]

May 7th, Praise and Prayer!

Praise and Prayer ~ May 7, 2018 Nigeria: Praise for the success of the trainings we planned in April! for the safety of the trainees and trainers as they traveled northern Nigeria and Lagos.  Peter and Rich met with and designated people to begin organizing a conference for 1000 Muslim background believers Rick and Osang […]

Light in the Darkness: Evangelism, Follow-up, and prayer in Lagos prisons

Rick and Osang finished the training for the prison fellowship members in Lagos today! There were over 40 chaplains and volunteers representing four different prisons. There were a wide range of denominations represented—Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, all eager to learn to evangelize and follow-up with new believers. Because of the terrible traffic in Lagos, their time […]

Praise and Prayer ~ April 30

Nigeria: Praise Deeply impressed with reports from the COCIN (Church of Christ in Nigeria) young adult leaders on the FFICM training, the general secretary wants Peter and Rich to present to the leadership for the whole church, so that they can mobilize all the leadership in COCIN to be trained in evangelism and follow-up. We […]

Prayer and Praise April 23 ~ Jalingo training

USA— Praise David Moore is back safely from his trip to Indonesia! Susanna Ballard will be able to join us for an internship this summer. Thank God for the work he will do through her. Dara and Ian’s son Carsten will be dedicated this coming Sunday! Prayer for resources for more support staff and trainers […]

COCIN youth training–Peter Wash’s report!

About a year ago the vice president of COCIN, Rev. Obed Dashan, met with Rick Cordell, one of our staff, and they talked about how we could use FFICM’s materials and training to benefit their churches. He referred Rick immediately to the national coordinator of COCIN youth ministries, who was instantly excited about working with […]

April 17 Prayer and Praise from the team!

Nigeria: Praise Thank God for the training in Vom! The youth leadership is extremely committed. Continue to pray for them as they train others who could not make it to the training ground. We had a good week with our prospective new head trainers, Mwanta and Samuel! A twelve year old boy went along with […]

Prayer and Praise, Monday April 9th

Nigeria: Praise— Peter’s health has stabilized, and his wife’s health is also improved! The Emmaus training went so well this week that the trainees from Lagos want us to come and train more of their members in Lagos. After discussions with Peter, we have settled on October. They want us to train church leaders from […]

Prayer and Praise, FFICM Easter!

Hello Everyone, He is Risen! Thank you for your faithful prayers in the power of the name of our risen Lord Jesus! Nigeria: There were no new attacks on the villages, praise God! Some of the most vulnerable villages are organizing their own youth to do some protection and patrol, and apparently that was enough […]

Prayer and Praise: FFICM finishing strong March 2018!

Prayer Requests and Praise, March 26th 2018   Nigeria         Prayer Samuel Fom’s wife is sick. She is pregnant and overworked herself. She fell ill and felt pain in her womb. Her name is Jessica. Rick asks for continued prayers as he is still speaking in classes at Gindiri Theological Seminary. There […]

Prayer for FFICM March 19th

Hello Everyone! This week in our prayer call together we shared a lot of requests again. As you join with us in prayer, please feel free to comment below and we will pray for you! Nigeria The training in Gindiri is going well! There are 150-170 students. Students are set to graduate in May and […]

Prayer for our Teams

Every Monday our available team members across the US, Nigeria, and Ethiopia (and sometimes other locations as they travel) call in, share prayer requests, and lift one another up! We would like to share those prayer requests with you and ask you, as you feel led, to lift us up as well! Nigeria: There are […]

Starting Strong–Peter’s Report

FFICM started the year with prayer and fasting on Thursday January 4th; we met with those we are training to join the organization as well as the volunteers. We prayed to thank God for the past year and for the programs we have organized for this year, and for God’s protection also to enable us […]

Gospel Marathon

On February 8th, Rich will leave for Nigeria, and Peter will pick him up from the airport to take him to Jos. The week in Nigeria will be packed! Not only will Rich and Peter will work to get the updated follow-up materials translated into Hausa and English and formatted with the new artwork, but […]

God’s people rise from the ashes

The Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa Nigeria-EYN (Church of the Brethren) headquarters is at Kwarhi, roughly 10 kilometers from Mubi, a town that was destroyed by the Boko Haram fighters. We were 30 minutes from the Sambisa forest, which is the location the Boko Haram operate from. Most of the churches, if not all, in the town had […]

More on the Mbingo, Cameroon training–Peter Wash

The training at Mbingo was a huge success with a good number of attendants. It took us by surprise, as the number of trainees we expected was 100, but the leadership in Mbingo begged that others be allowed to come in, so in the end we had over 200 participants. The first day was the […]

Safe arrival in Bamenda, and a flood of eager trainees

We praise God for our team’s safe arrival in Cameroon! It was a difficult journey. The temperature on the trip soared above 100 degrees, and they could not make almost any stops because of the danger of kidnapping. The team sounds exhausted from dehydration during the journey, but thankfully the location where they are now are […]

Sunny’s follow-up with our devoted trainees in Niger

Sunday Mallam, our Trainer and Organizer, recently took a trip to Niger to follow-up with those that we had trained last year. He asked each trainee a number of questions geared towards finding out what their needs are, and how we can continue to improve our trainings. Here are some of their replies: Reverend H.– The […]

God’s powerful movement in Nekemte and Dembidolo!

This is the report so far from Nekemte and Dembidolo as to what the two groups of trainees have done with their training since last year! More reports continue to roll in, but as of now…. Collectively, they have trained 1,011 people how to use the gospel tracts and follow up with new believers. As a […]

Tri Country Outreach: Team Schedule

February/March Outreach February 2nd: Rich leaves for Nigeria. February 6-10: Nigeria Advanced Training The team’s first stop in Jos, Nigeria is of great strategic importance. Head trainers from Niger, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Poland will meet together for an advanced training to ensure that all the trainers who are responsible for the quality and depth of […]

Breaking Spiritual Strongholds in Rabwak

In January, Peter led an important training in Rabwak. This area was believed to be cursed, because for two months out of the year, May and October, people would die for no apparent reason. Christians were beginning to leave the church to dedicate themselves to traditional religion, in an effort to protect themselves. Peter organized […]

Jalingo

Peter Wash, Rick Cordell, and their team went to Jalingo in October as part of a longer trip throughout Taraba state. All of the other trainings were well-attended, but the Jalingo turnout was surprisingly poor–only ten people turned up out of the 120 registered. Peter reported that the divisions between denominations and churches had been […]

Praise God for a Year of Growth for FFICM!

FFICM’s vision is to develop national leaders through partnerships with local organizations and churches and to train them in evangelism and follow-up. Our passion is to see nations of people who have not only committed their lives to Christ, but are also equipped to be lifelong followers of Jesus. Fulfilling our mission through organizing and […]

Sarah–suffering persecution and in need of prayer

Sarah came to Christ twelve years ago, when a Catholic friend of hers shared with her the prophecy about Jesus from Psalm 22. He asked her if David was talking about himself or someone else. She said she knew that David was not crucified, so it must have been someone else. He told her about Jesus. […]

Esther’s Story

Esther and her family, pictured above with Rich Dasenich, where Esther grew up, is a violent region with a harsh climate. The people often suffer from hunger. During one of these times of famine, when Esther was young, her mother died in childbirth, and her father abandoned her, her sister, and her brother. Esther provided for […]

Equipping the Church through Follow-up Materials

This pastor was trained last year through FFICM’s outreach in Niger. He testified that this training was unlike any other that he had ever experienced. He said that these materials are exactly what they need, and better than all other gifts that they have ever received, even clothing and food. He said that clothing, when […]

Faithful Trainees and the Work of the Lord

  This is Abraham, he was trained at our most recent training in Butajira. He served in the local church for 12 years before becoming the missions department head of 1,307 local churches in the largest evangelical denomination in Ethiopia! He told us that the thing that makes FFICM’s training unique is that it is very […]

Supporting our trainees with additional training and encouragement

Throughout the year, FFICM sends our staff members that work within countries like Nigeria and Ethiopia on trips to check on the trainees that have come to the larger sessions. Intra-country trips like this cost around $250 and are vital for encouraging and supporting the trainees as they carry out their ministry! The FFICM staff […]

Open up a Country: FFICM’s work in Siberia, Cameroon, and Niger

In Siberia, it is illegal to invite people to church. Roman has developed an innovative strategy to reach the local people for the gospel. The economy is so poor in Siberia, people rarely can afford to go out to dinner. In one area that Rich visited, which was home to about 20,000 people, Rich only […]

The end of the Butajira training!

The Butajira training has ended! The trainees were excellent and dedicated workers in class and outside of class, meeting together to strategize how best to reach Ethiopia for Christ. They worshipped and prayed together, encouraging one another in the work that they have before them. They also sharpened each another as they learned to follow-up […]

Four more evangelists join the training

Here are four of the women evangelist who were able to join the training. Two of them are in very difficult regions, and we’ve concealed the face of one who is facing intense persecution. Amiletu is on the far right. She wanted to be trained before but couldn’t make it. We invited her to this training, […]

Pictures of the team

Our faithful training team is pictured above with a woman evangelist! Below, Rich really gets into teaching, watched by Endeshaw, and a roomful of amused trainees 🙂

Peter’s report from mid-October Nigeria training!

In mid-October Firm Foundation in Christ Ministries travelled to Taraba state in collaboration with New Life For All in Taraba State to do a training. We were initially scheduled to go to the Mambila plateau (Gembu) Area but they could not mobilize their people to come for the seminar in time, so the training was […]