Thank you so much for your prayers; we continue to see growth and training going on even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. Rich is flying to Ethiopia this weekend to run two trainings with Eskinder and a new trainer called Ayele who has been hired on a trial basis! The first training will be for potential trainers, we would love prayer for wisdom that we identify several of them we can hire on a part-time basis while we raise funding for their salaries! Eskinder speaks Amharric, but we need trainers who speak at least the other two major languages well as well. We also should be able to test drive a car this next week that we may be able to purchase for Eskinder thanks to your generosity and prayers! This will make traveling a lot safer and quicker for our growing Ethiopia team.
There is great need for prayer for protection in Nigeria particularly; Peter Wash is traveling back from Kano, where kidnapping has become a daily occurrence. Recently kidnappers have been selling organs from the bodies of people they kill if they don’t receive ransom. It is hard to acknowledge things are this bad, but we have heard it from many reputable sources. A friend of our head trainer Zainab lost someone he knew. One of our trainees from a recent refresher course has had three of his parishioners disappear. Please pray that this terrible evil will be stopped! Our head trainer Comfort, after all the persecution she has suffered this year, is suffering still more; the Boko Haram is closing in around Maiduguri and has cut off electricity. Please pray for mercy, that God would put an end to the suffering of communities in the northern regions particularly.
Hope for the future
We have a lot to look forward to this year! In Nigeria the MBB conference is coming up in May, we trust. The staff is set to train hundreds of church leaders and pastors; many of who minister to the poor, to people coming out of substance abuse, to Muslim background believers. God is reaching out to the lonely and struggling people of the world with the news of His love and relationship with His son Jesus!
We also have a training of 10-20,000 we are expecting to run in Ethiopia, but we still need to work out details with the church.
Please continue to pray with us for these conferences as we are still working hard to figure out the safest times and locations both for coronavirus concerns, and attacks by hostile groups!
Our trainers continue to train as they are able, for instance, Zainab is training small groups of students at her baking school, and Sam trained a group of former drug addicts! Thank you so much for all your sacrifices and support that enable your brothers and sisters to reach out to people who desperately need to know about Jesus’ love for them.
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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
More and more coronavirus cases each day, please pray for protection for everyone in Ethiopia.
Eskendir went to Adama area yesterday to check on the follow-up trainees. They are all continuing to teach at home, and they need more materials! Praise God for their faithfulness. Pray for them as they continue to work!
Eskinder’s thesis was approved, praise God! He will be presented with his master’s degree soon.
Ethiopia and Egypt are still struggling over how to resolve their disagreement over the water.
Eskinder want to travel to check on other trainees, but we haven’t yet been able to raise the funds to provide for a car. Please pray that God provides!
Ishaku Pate is running a baptism class at his church and using the follow-up teaching with the new believers. They really appreciate it and say they understand so well. Praise God!
In a nearby village known as Fusa, there is an outbreak of coronavirus! Please pray for healing and for a cessation of the coronavirus.
The Nigeria team was able to get a really good spot on the television station for our broadcasting! Praise God.
More of the team is working on visiting new believers one a at time, pray for them.
Two of Peter’s cousins are in a quarantine zone. One is a driver, the other is a vet, so a lot of people were in contact with them. Pray for his cousins and their healing, and all those who would have come in contact with them. The confirmed cases are around 500 or 600 new cases every day.
Ahmet, for the last two weeks, he went to his village and met a man and his wife who have received Christ, and their three children. They also met with the local Muslim cleric. Pray that he is able to meet with even more new believers, that travel will be both possible and safe.
Zainab is working with Peter for plans to reach out to the widows around her. Many families are experiencing lack. Some of the women who she has trained, she is encouraging them to reach out to about 200 women. Starting on the 24th of July, she usually teaches them the skills, while they are waiting for the things to bake, she uses the word of God to encourage them! The disciples she has been following up has been doing well! In Abuja there aren’t many reports of the virus, praise God.
Pray for Comfort and the people of Maiduguri, some people were killed on the way to the market. A mother and son were abducted from their farm as well last week. Comfort is taking a theological class as well, pray for her further education!
Continue to pray for Dara and Mercy who are both struggling with health issues!
Pray for Susanna who is working on the grant from the Murdoch.
Rick Cordell asks for prayer for healing, his ear is experiencing issues.
Please continue to pray for all of us in the US as we work to build our prayer community through the efforts of those on the Prayer Initiative team!
Please continue to pray for all our trainees who are currently mostly isolated in Cameroon!
Please pray for Florence and her family as they continue to grieve and recover from her husband’s death! Please pray for direction from the Lord and His comfort.
Peter and Yusuf are at the studio being filmed today, to make four or five more episodes!
The lockdown in Maiduguri has been loosened a bit because many people have to work for their daily needs. Comfort reports there has not been any further attacks, praise God. They have not been too many cases in Maiduguri, they have been contact tracing and quarantining some people as they are tested. Pray for eradication of the virus and provision for people’s needs. Many vulnerable young women especially are having a hard time providing for themselves.
In Abuja the markets are open twice a week. Business is picking up for Zainab, please continue to pray for
In Jos, the governor of plateau state made an announcement, Thursday and Friday are now official release days from the lockdown. They are hoping in this way to reduce the sufferings of the poor.
Ibrahim is working with the hospital, some of the doctors who have been caring for the coronavirus patients are now sick with the disease, please pray for the doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.
Our trainer Ishaku said that the rural areas are particularly vulnerable to the virus, asks for prayer for protection. The lockdown is not effective in the rural areas.
Please pray for everyone!
Pray for the MBB conference which is supposed to happen in October. We will go forward if the coronavirus has cleared.
While we were on the prayer call, a young man stole something worth about 500 Niara (about 3 dollars) from a shop next to Zainab, and a mob gathered and began beating him and shouting they were going to burn him to death. Zainab and our team immediately began praying for him, and the police came and rescued him and took him away. Pray for this young man, that he will survive his injuries and come to know the Lord!
Please pray for peace between Ethiopia and Egypt. Egypt is angry about the fact that Ethiopia wants to build a dam on the Nile. Egypt is saying they are prepared to go to war over the water use. Ethiopia wanted to sit down and talk about it, but Egypt refused, saying for thousands of years we have used this water, it is ours.
Ethiopia’s testing resources are limited, but they now know they have had at least 1000 cases.
In Addis, people are still working. Please pray that the virus stops spreading.
Pray for Eskinder, he is trying to present a paper for his masters degree, pray he can finish!
Pray for Florence, Pastor Yisa, and all our devoted trainees as they continue to suffer oppression in addition to the spreading of the coronavirus.
Pray for Florence’s family as they continue to grieve the loss of her husband!
Pray for peace, and an end to the terrible oppression of the government and the fighting of the freedom-fighters in Jesus’ Name.
Please continue to pray for Stacey’s daughter who is pregnant, and whose blood pressure is continuing to hover just under the threshold where they would need to bring the baby out early! Pray that her blood pressure goes down and God protects her and the baby.
Please continue to pray for Dara’s health, her heart, oxygen and breathing continues to fluctuate, and some days are good and others are hard, with no apparent reason. Thank God for his continued protection!’
Please pray for the US team as we continue to make plans and work as we can from home!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 15:13
The cases keep on rising. Recently they have over 2500 cases. People are dying of corona, and people are burying them without taking precautions. In Kano, people are finally recognizing that people are dying of corona. Everywhere is locked down. They haven’t told people how long this lockdown will last. The government has tried to prevent interstate movement.
Peter’s church is still going on as usual, they try to space people out but it is very difficult. Many people are not taking enough precautions, and it is a huge concern. Pray for everyone’s families that they would be protected from the coronavirus!
Muslims are in the middle of Ramadan, please pray for them that God would open their eyes!
Pray for the tv episodes we have been running every Tuesday, there are three more we have yet to run, that people would hear them as they are locked down, and their hearts would be opened! Pray for internal
Pray for the MBB conference. The committee was supposed to meet next week. Pray for wisdom for everyone in knowing how to move forward. It is currently scheduled for October, for about 1,000 people.
Farming season is here, the cost of fertilizer is way too high, so next year may be tough, there may be a lack of food as a result of this.
The Izere people are close to Bauchi state, where there are many cases, and no one is complying with the orders in Bauchi, pray for the protection of the Afizere people.
Ishaku reports that the churches where we trained people, they are still using the follow up materials, praise God, pray for fruit for this training.
Pray that the federal government would make the test kits available. The government ran out of kits in Kano. Many states don’t have testing centers, and the tests have to be sent out of state.
There is not yet an obvious outbreak in Ethiopia, so everyone is going about as usual. The government is warning them not to, but no one is really listening. Some government workers and factories are still shut down.
The president of Eritrea is alive, seems to have recovered. No one knows why so many soldiers are in the cities in Eritrea, it still seems ominous. Pray for protection for Christians as they are facing increased persecution still.
Prices of food has skyrocketed, please pray for the poor! Most people cannot afford three square meals in a day.
Please continue to pray for our sister Florence, who has lost her husband!
Please pray for protection and grace for Cameroonians, especially our trainees who remain in English speaking Cameroon, heavily oppressed by the government.
Praise for a very successful fundraiser, we raised enough funds to continue on with our ministry this summer! We also were able to make contact with more people who want to pray!
Prayer for wisdom this week as we continue to follow up with people from the event.
Prayer for wisdom as we want to expand our prayer connections, for the team as we meet to strategize.
Pray for Dara as her oxygen levels continue to fluctuate and they do not know why yet. Pray for healing.
David’s wife Denise’s brother had a heart attack that was bad enough that he died and they brought him back. Denise’s mother may also have had a heart attack, they are putting a stent in. Pray for their health.
Pray for the construction in David’s house so they can bring Denise’s parents to live with them.
Pray that we continue to develop the technology to run some trainings virtually!
The whole country is on lockdown for 2 weeks after this weekend. Please pray for people who are food insecure! Peter will be paying our staff a little ahead of time so they can buy food.
In Ezekiel’s church they staggered seating for church, and church attendance is down.
In Plateau state after the weekend they will be locked down until Thursday.
Thank God for no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jos yet. Peter said that his church has not been taking the restrictions seriously.
Chief of staff of President died.
Pray for the end of the global pandemic.
Please pray for stresses on families in the face of the pandemic. Churches in Jos are helping, thank God, they are identifying vulnerable people and sharing beans, rice with the less privileged in the society.
Ezekiel’s son has been paralyzed from the waste down after a spinal cord injury, he can walk now and is recovering! He is 29 years old. Pray for complete recovery.
Small businesses have totally shut down, pray for them, even though the government is allowing them to be open 2-3 days a week, many have gone under.
Peter’s church isn’t taking many precautions, pray that the church will take things seriously.
Provost of a theological seminary we have worked with is having a really hard time, please pray for all our ministry partners.
In Abuja they are allowed to move around the community. The lockdown is a travel ban for far distances. They are allowing people to walk. Zainab’s family is doing well, praise God.
Continue to pray for peace in Ethiopia!
Please also pray for Eskinder and his family as he continues to work from home.
Please pray for the process of setting up a visit or training for Eritreans!
Praise God for Dara’s continued healing, she is not completely recovered yet, but is doing a lot better.
Please pray that the fundraiser goes well, that we are able to raise the funds that we need too, and just as importantly, bring more prayer partners on board!
Please pray for Florence’s family as her husband has died after a long illness, please pray for comfort, strength, and provision!
Please continue to pray for our trainees!
Please pray that God would spare Cameroon from the coronavirus.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We want you to know that we are all in prayer for you as well! May God keep us all now and forever through this time of great trial, as we fix our eyes on Him!
All trainings cancelled or on hold for now! Please pray for our team as they work from home.
More and more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Nigeria, yesterday the President did a broadcast, and in the 20 minutes he spoke the number of confirmed cases rose from 89 to 511. He has shut down the borders of several states, there is no going and coming from affected states. More and more states are shutting down. In Kaduna they have a 6am-6pm curfew, which, in effect means that no one goes out at all because no one goes out at night. They aren’t letting anyone out even to buy food. In Jos there are no cases reported but very few have been tested.
In Maiduguri everyone is trying to get as much food as they can, because starting tomorrow they will not be allowed outside.
Please pray for provision for everyone, for healing from sickness, and also for food provision!
Boko Haram just attacked and killed about 20 men (both Christian and Muslim) 24 km from Maiduguri yesterday, the soldiers were able to rescue the women they abducted, but all the men died. Please pray for comfort and healing for all those who lost loved ones.
Many churches in Jos are still open, but they are trying to create space of at least 2 meters. There is no children’s church because they didn’t have any room for them. Sam’s church divided into groups of ten. In the villages, people are still meeting, but shortening church services. Please pray for wisdom for the churches as they continue to try to discern what is safest.
There are no reported cases yet in the hospital in Maiduguri, where Comfort also works as a nurse, but there are almost no tests. Please pray that the outbreak is contained!
Not many cases in Ethiopia that they know of. Government workers were told to stay home, but everyone else is going about their business. The denomination we work with, Kale Heywet, has everyone on a rotation schedule, so there is only one person in each office at a time. There is food for the time being, continue to pray that Ethiopia is spared!
Eritrea wants us to come, the government won’t want Rich to teach but he can encourage them and hear their stories. Eskinder may be allowed to teach. The people we trained are training other people, they have been sharing the materials on a loan basis. We are trying to get more materials to them but it is very difficult. We want to send 1,000 copies. Pray for us as we try to navigate helping them!
Rich’s siblings are all in their 60’s, 70’s. Rich’s sister Marsha is a nurse nearing 70 and plans to help when the virus hits. Please pray for safety for them and that they would come to know Jesus.
Pray for our fundraiser on May 2nd as it is now virtual! We are trying to negotiate this as well as we can, but it is uncharted territory for us.
David’s kids are supposed to be starting school virtually on Wednesday. Please pray for the whole family! Pray for the kids, that they would have motivation.
Prayer for continued healing for Dara, who is continuing to slowly recover.
Also pray for the hospital workers in Oregon and all over the US, they have a lot of cases and are all vulnerable!
Please continue to pray for Florence, Pastor Jisa and all of the trainees who are still in regions where they are being heavily persecuted by the government!
Please pray for health and provision for all their families in this trying time, as the coronavirus adds to the suffering of the people.
On Wednesday Peter and his team will go to another theological school to set up another training! They are training 150 at the UMCN theological school right now. One of the professors said we should call the gospel card the miracle card, because it is so clear and works so well. Three of the theological students rededicated their lives to Christ, saying they had not clearly understood the gospel before now! The seminary said they want every graduating set to participate in this training. Praise God, and pray for these new trainees!
Sam is leading a team in Niger state not far from Ilorin, training another 150 people to evangelize and follow up with new believers. Pray for the trainees and also for the team as they travel home!
Ezekiel’s son is sick, but he is improving. Sam’s wife last week was not well, they went to the hospital, they gave her medication, so she is feeling better. Ahmet’s mother has been sick as well. Pray God would fully heal and restore all those who are sick.
Pray for Peter’s family, tomorrow is the burial of his uncle who died last week. Pray God will give them peace and provision.
Pray about the open doors we are seeing in the ministry, that God would help the team articulate what they are going to do well as people ask them about the training. Pray God leads us to the right people to work with, that the ministry would prosper and move forward.
Pray about the conference in Jalingo, as we will likely have to cancel it, for God to provide for another time!
Continue to pray for the television program we are running in northern Nigeria as people hear about the gospel in Muslim communities for perhaps the first time!
Continue to pray for wisdom as the coronavirus spreads as to how we should respond. Pray for the US as people grapple with the sickness.
Praise about Stacey’s brother, he is cancer free!
Pray for Dara as she is having breathing issues still after a long illness and two miscarriages, and Ian as he has a worsening cough.
Pray about our finances as our fundraiser has been cancelled. Pray that God meets our needs creatively!
Pray for our Ethiopian team, the country is mandating no meetings or conferences, so we had to cancel our trainings! Both the trainings that Eskinder ad Rich were going to run.
The Eritrean leaders want to have more trainings with their people! Please pray that we can make this happen as soon as it is safe.
Pray for Eskinder as he continues to plan for the fall, we are hoping that the coronavirus pandemic abates in time for us to run the 10-20,000 person conference in December.
The former sheik’s baby has recovered from her illness, praise the Lord!
Comfort and Zainab are in Jos now, for the trainers’ training, please pray for this training! The team hasn’t heard back from everyone, but are hoping to have 25-27 of the head trainers attend. Pray for safety in travel.
We thank God for last week’s trainings in Katsina and Kano, they were very successful, and travel was safe! Let us continue to pray for the participants, many are trying to evangelize, and have plans to evangelize together in April and beginning of May, and go on trips to go to different states. They intend to use our gospel cards and follow up materials!
Ishaku went to Jalingo on an outreach and is still there, he spent the night in Jalingo, and tomorrow he is coming to Jos, pray for safety!
Last week when Sam was away, his wife was suffering from an eye problem, and thank God she is doing better.
Let us continue to pray for the upcoming events in Jos, thank God for journey mercies from Abuja to Jos, for Rich and Peter!
On Saturday some of the Nigeria team will travel to Jalingo to meet with the committee organizing the conference in Jalingo, pray for safety in travel and a fruitful meeting.
Rich will be preaching in an RCCN (Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria) church on Sunday, pray for wisdom as he shares the message.
Continue to pray for the TV program! They will air the second episode in the north this week! Pray that God will use this to spread his word.
The Nigeria team is having another training next week in the Foron area, pray that God will guide them and lead them! They are expecting 150 people. Most are pastors and elders some group leaders from COCIN (Church of Christ in Nigeria).
Things are better in Maiduguri, the government announced that both Muslims and Christians should pray and fast. There were two attacks close by, but God has been faithful. Pray that God will comfort and strengthen them. The governor said he is going to fast and pray for peace! Please pray that God hears their prayers
There are three girls who had turned to prostitution who are listening to Comfort and learning from the follow up materials, Comfort is not in Jos this week, but has left one of her trainees in charge of reaching out to them and continuing with the follow-up lessons. Pray for them!
Praise God, the internet in the Nigeria office is working! The printer is working as well!
Eskinder is arranging the training for prospective trainers with Rich, he is expecting 16-20 people! Please pray for wisdom and grace as he does this.
Eskinder is praying that David would be able to finish all the materials, because about 1300 people are waiting for them. Pray David is able to figure out the changes soon!
Pray for the large conference, they’re postponing it until November-December, hoping to have 10,000-20,000 people! Pray for wisdom about exact timing, and resources!
Continue to pray for peace for the country, and for health and strength for Florence’s family, and encouragement in the Spirit for the trainees!
Stacey’s daughter is doing better! Praise God! Please pray that God continues to protect her and the baby.
Pray for David’s son Ben, they’re changing some of his teachers at school to try to help him.
David shared at Laurel community church yesterday, and people responded well! Next Sunday they have a missions conference, and David will be there.
David’s wife is in Arizona this week with her parents, helping them, please pray for her! The plan is that they will move to Oregon in July, so pray for the building process, that all the permits and financing would go well!
Continue to pray for preparations for the set up for the fundraiser on the east coast!
Continue to pray about Dara and Ian’s finances! Also, the kids are sick this week, pray for quick healing, and that the kids could sleep through the night again.
Sam, Valentine, Dauda, Ahamet are training, it is going well! They started this morning, and and by evening there were 147 trainees. The trainees were very organized and attentive, praise God. They went through the gospel tract and practiced together.
Pray for the training as it is challenging to run a training that large!
Praise God for safe travels for the team!
There is a challenge, they can’t go out and witness en masse, because they are going back to their communities and families to share the gospel.
Peter is also leading a training, in Katsina. There are 170 trainees, please pray for them!
The guest house is very low quality. They arrived and there were no mattresses, and the guest house asked if they wanted to pay to buy them for the guest house!
There was a car accident close to the training–One person died and 6 are in the hospital, the pastor who died was part of one of our previous trainings, please pray for the bereaved families.
In the early morning Peter visited another site where we are considering having the Hausa Background Believer conference. One of the elders in the community took Peter to meet with the church leader, and they’re going to work on organizing it! They are going to choose the date together. Thank God for that meeting and discussion, pray that the conference planning goes forward well! They want the Hausa Background Believer conference in April or May this year! They are hoping to bring 1,000 HBBs together.
The sheik’s 6 month old daughter is sick with malaria and typhoid and has been hospitalized Saturday-Sunday, please pray for her quick healing!
Pray for attacks in and around Maiduguri! Pray for peace and protection for Comfort!
Please also pray for Comfort as she is attempting to minster to girls in Maiduguri ages 14-20 who are dropping out of school and turning to prostitution out of desperation. Please pray that she can gain their trust and that they will come to know the Lord in a new way and that God make a path for freedom for them!
Ishaku will be traveling to Jalingo tomorrow to do evangelism with the ECWA-Taraba trainees from a few years ago. Pray for them!
Everything is going well in Ethiopia! Eskinder is going south this week between Sodo and Arba Minch. How many people will be attending? Eskinder talked to a person in the south about the large conference in November
Pray for everyone that they trained in the past couple weeks!
They need materials! There are over 1,000 people waiting for the training manual/booklet
Please continue to pray for safety for Florence, her family, and all our trainees in Jesus’ name!
Please pray for peace in Cameroon.
Prayer for a meeting with our east-coast organizer, Deborah Sezov this week! Pray for the East Coast fundraiser.
Stacey’s daughter Hannah’s kidney stones have resolved, praise God! However she now has inflammation in her lungs. She is pregnant, please pray for healing!
Rich is leaving for Nigeria on Saturday! Pray for the trip, they’ll be traveling to Jalingo to finalize the conference in April. They will be doing a lot of committee meetings, and doing training of trainers.
Rick flies out next Monday for 3 months, has a lot of arrangements to make! Pray for arrangements, and for safety in travel.
Praise that David made it back safely on Saturday night! Pray for wisdom as David continues to follow up with the Nigeria and Ethiopia staff about critical operations issues. David’s wife is leaving Saturday for a week in Arizona with her parents, so prayer for strength for both David and his wife! They have a contractor coming over to figure out how to make a space for Denise’s folks, pray for those plans! Continue to pray for David’s son Ben, who has gotten suspended from school, pray for growth and healing for him, and wisdom for David’s sister and brother-in-law.
Pray for Dara and Ian’s family financial situation, as their renters will be moving out.
We have an opportunity to train in Guatemala, pray for wisdom!
The former sheik and Ahamet will be meeting all together with some highly educated new believers to do the follow up training, this week! Pray for these new believers!
Peter met with leaders in Ilorin with a local denomination which wants us to come and train their pastors and church members. They are very interested in the follow-up training and the materials, they are willing to accommodate and feed the participants of the trainings with their own finances. Praise God! The church is interested in possibly contributing financially to the ministry as well! They asked a lot of questions about how we deal with Muslim background believers, and Peter was able to tell them more about our developing Muslim new believer strategy to keep them in their communities so they don’t have to flee. They have heard testimonies about what we have been doing. The General Secretary that Peter trained in Uganda in 2017 has been teaching the gospel card and follow up materials in the seminary he teaches at!
There are some new converts in Maiduguri who are going through the follow-up class with Comfort. They couldn’t meet yesterday, because about 30 vehicles were attacked on the highway, 30 people killed, and they kidnapped others. Everyone is terrified to travel anywhere outside the city. Please pray for safety!
This coming Monday, there are two trainings the Nigeria team will be running in the north, please pray for safety for them! The organizer in at one of the trainings has said there are 147 people who are registered! Pray for all the travel arrangements.
News from the conference organizers in Jalingo is that there will be 1,000 people attending! Pray because we are having a hard time finding speakers.
Pray for Sam’s family, his sister lost her three year old granddaughter died of chicken pox. Sam has been trying to help her travel to where her daughter lives. Pray for her travel,
David and Eskinder are working hard preparing the office, getting started on a lot of projects! They are trying especially to find a good internet option because it is making communications difficult.
Pray that Eskinder and David will have wisdom and will make good progress on all of their projects.
Praise God for the wonderful, effective trainings that Rich and Eskinder had the past couple of weeks! Pray for the trainers as they continue to minister!
Continue to pray for Cameroon! We would love to do trainings there, but it is not yet safe.
Pray for Florence and family, Linda, Doris, Stanley, Hestin, and all those who continue to pray for the Lord’s grace and minister to those around them in very difficult situations!
Pray for Rich, Eskinder’s main supporter died, and he is trying to contact his widow. Pray for mercy for her!
Pray for Stacey’s daughter, Hannah, who is just found out she has a kidney stone while 21 weeks pregnant! Pray for her healing, and for protection for the baby!
Pray for Dara’s healing, she had a severe migraine that was mimicking a stroke, and had to have strong medication in the ER which gave her some very difficult side effects for a few days. She is nearly well, but pray for continued health!
Praise God for David’s safe trip! He had no problems in Lagos.
Peter, Sarah, and David are all working together on finances! Pray for wisdom.
A team member is traveling down to the southwestern part of Nigeria, travel safety. Last week Wednesday someone was kidnapped in the area, please pray for protection and peace.
Pray for the conference that is coming up in Jalingo in April. They went and met with the leadership, and it seems they are working hard to set it up.
We thank God for journey mercies for the staff members that went to Kaduna state! There has been a lot of fruit from the journey already, people hearing the gospel message.
Pray for new MBBs, Peter and the team tried meeting with some of the converts, they are having some issues, pray that God will give the team wisdom as they continue to support them.
One of the MBB converts needs a place to stay, Ahamet is helping him, pray for wisdom and guidance.
Maiduguri is still very dangerous, Comfort was thinking of coming down to Jos, but the roads are not safe. Please pray for wisdom and protection for her! There is a convert in need of help in Maiduguri, but we don’t know how to help them.
There are 65 people at the Arba Minch training, first day went well. There are people coming down from the mountain every day, they are needing to start the training half an hour later than usual because traveling down from the mountain has proved difficult. Please pray for all of the trainees!
Please pray for the arrangements for the large conference! We are unsure the end of May is a good idea, because it could be in rainy season. Pray for wisdom and collaboration for the right timing.
Everyone at the training is very grateful! There are potential trainers, important leaders in the denomination, all are working together well and are very excited!
There is unrest in Ethiopia, the Oromo people have been causing some issues west of Addis, a few miles, the church and Eskinder are concerned about safety, everyone is keeping their please pray for peace and no civil unrest. There is guy in the states who comes and stirs people up, pray that he will not cause any problems!
Pray for university students missing from Dembe Dolo!
Stacey is working on a video montage to show at the beginning of the tv program airing in Nigeria. Pray for him as he works on this important project.
Pray for David’s family as he is away!
Pray also for Rich’s wife, Janice as she is traveling.
Pray for Dara’s family for health.
Continue to pray for Florence’s family, for peace in the country, and all of our trainees!
Training in Nigeria started around 10 am, with about 63 people! There should be more coming tomorrow. Most are evangelists that have come from far away villages. Please pray! They are in northern Nigeria. They can’t go out in groups to witness during the practical time, because the Muslims would be suspicious and might react violently. Pray for their efforts as they witness at home. Pray for the training! Please pray for Peter, Sam, Ishaku, Ahamet.
There is a video-recorder who is covering the training! Pray for this to be fruitful, it would be wonderful to have more of our sessions recorded.
Last week some of our staff were supposed to be in Jarong, but the Muslims in Maiduguri have been kidnapping and killing of leaders and church members. The highways in Maiduguri are all unsafe, and even inside the town there are terrible atrocities. Please pray for Comfort! Please pray for everyone, for safety and for mercy for the church in the area.
One of the Muslim background believers from Maiduguri was taken away by his family, please pray!
Pray for the former sheik, they are expecting him to continue on with recording the tv programs! These will be airing soon.
Pray for the Jalingo conference, Peter has been talking with the organizers, pray for all the efforts to communicate! Peter has had a hard time getting through to them this week. They are hoping to meet tomorrow.
The training at the girls secondary school was successful! Many of them are really intent on learning more. They said the teachings have helped them a lot.
Sam’s elder sister called and said his uncle has died. Please pray for their family! Especially for Sam as he is at the training and can’t attend the funeral.
Rich and Eskendir just started the training today with around 50 people, they expect ten more to arrive tomorrow. The trainees are out witnessing right now! Please pray for them.
Rich and Eskendir talked with the representatives from Kale Heywet (our main partnerning) denomination about the Ethiopian evangelism and follow up conference. They are now saying they expect 10-15,000 will come, and are considering moving the conference to May. Continue to pray for wisdom and help with all the practical details.
There was a freak rain all last night, it caused power outages, Rich and Eskendir have no internet access— it also makes the roads a mess, and it interrupts the farming, so pray for no more rain!
Pray for next week, that everyone will be able to come to the training near Addis next week! Rich and Eskendir are eager to meet especially those we are considering adding to the Ethiopia team.
Stacey’s brother is still suffering memory problems, and the doctors have been unable to properly diagnose him. The cancer is still a problem, please continue to pray.
David is leaving Friday for Nigeria and Ethiopia, pray for final preparations this week!
This last weekend David attended a youth retreat for eighth grade boys! There were 7-10 kids there, saw God working in some really cool ways, pray for the kids.
David’s daughter has three finals today! And today is Ben’s birthday, so pray that he has a good birthday, and continue to pray for him that he is able to start making better choices that lead to his healing. Pray for David’s sister that she would have wisdom as she continues to work with him
Prayer for our office staff as we get year-end summaries out this week!
Please continue to pray for peace in the country, and mercy for those in English speaking regions.
Please pray for Florence’s family! Pray for mercy and healing for her husband.
Please pray for all those who have been trained as they continue to reach out to those around them.
Devotional Thought from Rich: Jesus had compassion on those who were ill even in his time of trouble, he healed their sick! Let us remember in our own difficulties or those of people we love, Jesus feels for us and will respond.
Let’s pray for Christians in the North, the Islamic State kidnapped a district secretary yesterday and in Lassa the driver was killed and the passengers were kidnapped. Continue to pray for the safety of the people who are traveling!
Pray for Comfort’s safety as she continues to minister in Maiduguri, and also that God would open doors and create safety so ministers in Maiduguri can go about safely.
Thank God for the New Year! Today the Nigeria team in Jos gathered to pray together. Please pray that God will give each one of them strength and vision for what He has called them to do!
Pray for the coming week! the Nigeria team will be traveling north to three locations to set up trainings the end of January and beginning of February! Pray for safety, for God’s grace, and pray for good communications with all our partners.
Please pray for the former sheik as he and some of the staff will be traveling to encourage new believers that have resulted from our joint ministry! Praise God we heard this past week there was a Muslim man who heard the former sheik testifying to the truth of Christianity using the Koran, and he went to his community Islamic teachers and asked them if what the sheik said was true, and they said that it was. He said to them then why are we attacking the Christians? We should rather become Christians, and the man then professed faith in Jesus. There was another man, a son of the chief, who fell sick, and his aunt who was a Christian took him to the hospital, and when they took him to the hospital, they treated him in a Christian hospital. The hospital staff started praying for him, and one night the man started shouting Jesus, Jesus, and from that time he said he wants to give his life to Jesus. He has been in hiding from his parents. Someone heard about what we do, and called the former sheik to ask for his help in following up with the young man, building him up in his new faith.
Last week the Nigeria team did three recordings on Friday of last week. Things are taking shape for the television program that FFICM will run for several months, they are recording more episodes this week! Praise God that we are already seeing people turn to the Lord through recordings!
Thank God for this weekend! Samuel had a revival in his village. He went and showed the Jesus film and they had time to preach and follow up. About 135 people prayed to receive Christ! Pray for the staff as they follow up with the new believers and thank God for His work to bring many to Christ.
Pray for pastors in Nigeria, many are being transferred at the beginning of the year. This may make the communications for our team more challenging. Pray that God will give these new pastors in areas we are hoping to work a good understanding of what we do and that they will be motivated.
December 31st at night Mercy, Soja’s wife almost died, it turned out that she has a brain tumor, thank God she is doing better. She needs to go to Israel for an operation, pray that God would heal her!
Ethiopian Christmas is tomorrow!
There are many training opportunities! At this point many people are hearing about what we are doing and want us to come and do trainings. Pray that Eskinder will have wisdom and grace to know which opportunities to pursue!
Please pray for the universities in Ethiopia! There has been further conflict and confusion and Eskinder’s son hasn’t been able to attend university.
Please also continue to pray for all the student trainers and the new believers who resulted from their ministry
We have an opportunity to do some teaching in the Dalles, we need to make a decision as to whether or not we should take advantage of this opportunity as it is a complex situation!
We have a new volunteer coming in this week on Tuesday! She is coming in once a week. Praise God and pray that this goes well!
Pray for all the preparations for the year! There is a lot going on!
Pray for David’s wife Denise, she has been with her parents this past week helping them with their medical issues! She travels back to Oregon tomorrow night, pray for her parents, and for her safe travel. Pray also for David’s son Benjamin, that he would continue to adjust well to life in Washington and that this time would be really good for him!
Thank God the Christmas celebration in Jos was peaceful!
Maiduguri was largely peaceful but outside the city on Thursday there was a bride and all her friends that were killed on their way to her wedding. Please pray for all of their family and friends, and pray for an end to these evil attacks and the organizations that perpetrate them in Jesus’ Name.
Pray for the sheik and Ahamet who are traveling to speak to Christian Fulani in Bauchi state! Pray for God’s grace and traveling mercies.
Sarah and Ishaku Afan, good friends, had the wedding of their daughter this week! Pray for their marriage!
Also please pray for the churches here as they face the new year! Pray for all the communication with all the churches we partner with particularly.
Pray for 2020 plans for the Nigeria team, it is looking to be their busiest year yet! They are going to be having a time of prayer and fasting Monday-Friday and meeting in the morning to discuss the vision for the coming year. Peter, Samuel, Ruth, Dauda, Ishaku, Valentine, Ezekiel, Jusuf, Ishaku.
We continue to praise God for the salvation of Sam’s parents.
Comfort went to another village for an outreach event she is going to visit her trainees and new believers in the refugee camp!
Continue to pray for the set up for the large conference for Christians falling away from their faith into witchcraft! We are hoping for 6,000 to come to be strengthened in their faith and equipped in beginning follow-up.
Pray for Eyasu as he continues to develop plans for FFICM in Ethiopia in 2020
Please continue to remember Florence and her husband, and Pastor Yisa, and all the trainees and trainers in Cameroon! Please pray for peace for their nation and that God would create an opportunity for us to go and partner with them to reach their nation for Christ!
Pray for David’s family as they all adjust to Ben living with David’s sister for a while!
Rick is traveling to Nigeria the third week in February until Memorial Day to assist with the Gindiri training, and one other training, pray for safe travel! Please also pray for Rick’s transition with his business! He is in treatment for a
Pray for Dara’s husband’s healing as he is sick!
Continuing prayer also for Stacey’s brother, who is continuing to struggle with memory issues following his fall.
Pray for our Rich and Rick’s cars, both are having car trouble!
Pray that people will donate towards the year end, as we still have 40% of our budget for 2020 to come up with!
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Pray for the former sheik and Ahamet for safe travel!
Pray for trainings for next year, there are so many in January, February, and March, pray God will give the Nigeria team the grace to do all this! Pray also for all of the set-up that goes into this, for good communication, Ezekiel is working on this.
Praise God, Sam visited his parents, his father told him that 2 weeks previously he had received Christ and while they were there his mother also prayed to receive Jesus. Pray that God strengthens them in their newfound faith! Pray also that Sam and his family will be able to move to a new house this week. Pray for Sam’s son who is teething! Thank God for Sam’s brother, God protected him in an accident. Sam has been having some issues with his eye, pray God would heal him from this eye problem, he is on medication.
Ethiopia is peaceful praise God!
There have been some complications in organizing the conference, pray for clear and quick communications!
Pray that Eritrea would open up! We would love to minister there.
Pray for Rich’s brother and sisters who do not know Christ!
Pray for our families as they are together, that we would have joyful and thankful hearts!
Pray for David’s son Ben, he is twelve years old, he has had issues at school, has been suspended. Pray for wisdom for David and his wife Denise. His sister and brother and law have offered to take him in, they have experience working with kids with behavioral issues.
Continue to pray for Stacey’s brother!
Please continue to pray for Florence, her husband, pastor Yisa and all those still ministering under the oppressive regime!
Please pray for peace for Cameroon.
Pray for the opportunity that Roman is working on for Rich to come and teach at the Bible college in Siberia! The school really wants Rich to come.
Universities are now at peace, students are back to their studies! Praise God!
Pray for Eskendir that he would have wisdom as he works on setting up the conference and the new office
Thank God that the President of Ethiopia has received a Nobel Peace Prize. Pray while he leaves the country there will be peace, and no one would take advantage of his absence.
Pray as we invite potential head trainers for our Ethiopia team to the next training! We are hoping to expand our staff of one this year!
Praise God Peter’s son is better! He is back at school! Thank God for answered prayers
Pray for the former sheik and Ahamet, they are traveling to follow up with new believers this next week.
Sam and Ezekiel are planning to go to Sam’s home district after a visit last week, they have set up a training for 50-70 people from his district this coming week! They also want to go speak with Samuel’s parents, who have been infrequent church-goers but haven’t committed their lives to Christ. Pray for Sam and Ezekiel, that God would use this opportunity and open their hearts to him.
Praise God that Jos is peaceful, please pray that as we approach Christmas it will continue to be peaceful because this is often a time for attack!
Thank God, Sam’s family, his wife and son, are on the mend! Continue to pray for them as they are continuing to look for a new place to live.
Pray for Sarah’s daughter, she is getting married on the 27th of this month! Pray that the marriage would be blessed and God would provide for her family.
Pray for everyone in Jos, things are tough as prices of rice are high!
Pray for the Bible dedication of the Bible in the Ichen language! There is a celebration of the 26th of December.
Pray for peace in Maiduguri, there was an attack!
Please continue to pray for Florence and her family!
Please pray for peace and mercy on the English speaking regions.
Pray for encouragement and guidance and God’s provision for all of the trainers and new believers!
Stacey’s brother is in the midst of more tests about the cause of the fluid in his brain. The fluid is possibly oddly affecting his memory, so he is sometimes mentally present sometimes not. It also could be a result of the drug that he is taking for the cancer, pray that the insurance company allows the drug that would be safer for him, and pray for healing!
Continue to pray for David’s son Ben, for his family for wisdom to know how best to help him!
Pray for our whole office as we continue to make plans for the coming year!
Boko Haram attacked Lassa, Borno State on Friday night, they were dressed as soldiers. Many were killed, also a lecturer with the university of Gashua was kidnapped. His name is Bitru, please pray for his safe return, and pray for his family, his daughter was ill and he went to visit her, and he was on his way back when he was abducted.
Pray for those who have lost their loved ones, that God would give them strength to move forward in Jesus.
Pray for the recording of the television programs, Rich’s original interview has already aired!
Praise God Rich is safely to Abuja, pray for his trip home to the US
The HBB conference was successful in the sense that people came, the facilitators were there, everyone loved the teaching, and there was no threat during or after the conference! The only challenge, was there was supposed to be 1000, it was 570 registered, as well as many who came that were unregistered. There was a misunderstanding on the Kano side, the organizer said they sent over 150 forms to Kano alone, but people didn’t get them somehow, we don’t know why. Yusuf said that one of them said since they were a Christian they have not gotten teaching or training in their new faith like this. One of the worship leaders was saying even Muslim Hausa were saying they would come! They can understand the Bible in their language, but they can’t read the Koran. Many Christians testified that they feel more confident as to how to share their faith. Praise God for these mercies, and continue to pray for better communication with the organizers for the next conference, but especially the Hausa Christians we trained as they witness, and the converts who have already resulted from their ministry.
The road to Jos from the conference was terrible, Rich’s back was hurting for at least three days afterwards, but we thank God nothing happened along the way, as there had been 30 kidnappings on that road in the last month.
Peter’s son is still having diarrhea, up to five times in the night, but is eating and drinking again. Praise God for the improvement in his health, but please continue to pray for complete healing.
Sam’s wife and his son Josiah have been ill! Please pray for both of them! His wife Jessica is still sick. Their family is looking for a better house to live in, pray that they will find a place soon!
There was a strategic planning meeting for the Nigeria branch of FFICM today! Pray that God gives all of them wisdom and grace as they continue to follow the Lord’s guidance. Pray for the new staff members and the continued strength in fellowship for the FFICM team.
Comfort trained 14 women from the refugee camp center! They promised they will use the materials. Please pray for them for strength, for mercy in their lives, and for their ministry.
Prayer for university students, there has been a lot of violence at Ethiopian universities all of a sudden with some students killed, and the government is trying to crack down, they are considering closing the universities for a while if the issue cannot be resolved.
Pray the government! There are continued tensions in Ethiopia, pray for peace as we continue to plan the conference and trainings!
Pray for wisdom for Eskendir as he puts these plans into motion in partnership with the denomination
Continue to pray for Florence who has been experiencing pain in her arms and ribs! Praise God her husband is doing better, but please continue to pray for his health.
Pray for all the the trainees and trainers that are currently scattered.
Pray for peace in Cameroon! For mercy for the people in the English speaking regions, and that as a result of the peace we would be able to to go in and continue to equip Cameroonians to reach their people for Jesus.
Pray for the process of transitioning to our new database! This will help us keep in better contact with everyone, but it is a lot of work. Our volunteer Doug is working hard on that, hopefully next week we’ll have part of it done! Continue to pray for Doug.
Big praise! Saturday was the deadline for our $10,000 matching grant, we had to have $10,000 pledged by then, and on Saturday evening we got it! The final gift came in. Praise the Lord for His goodness.
Our volunteer Karen Cheever lost her father a couple weeks ago, please pray for their family, we thank God he was a believer, but pray for comfort for her family
David’s in-laws, his father in law has prostate cancer, his mother in law has eye problems. Prayer for wisdom for David and Denise as they support them from far off and work towards getting them to come live with them! Lift up also David’s son Ben who is struggling with a desire to rebel. Pray that he would have a desire for the Lord, and that he would be able to see and understand the depth of God’s love for him.
Pray for Dara’s daughter Odette who is sick again, pray for wisdom as Dara and Ian continue to figure out how to help Carsten sleep and keep Odette well.
Most of the several hundred girls from the boarding school Comfort, Zainab and Sam ministered to and trained are orphans, who must go live with distant relatives over break, so they are so sad to leave the boarding school. Comfort gave them the example of Esther, that she too was an orphan but she focused on God and God did wonderful things in her life. She also gave them the example of how God used Mary Schlesser. They were so happy and look forward to another time of encouragement like this, pray we can go encourage them again soon!
Zainab said that the girls kept coming up to receive Christ at other gospel presentations because they thought they had to to keep their faith, so our trainers shared with them about the assurance of faith they can have in their lives!
Zainab’s former pastor was complaining Zainab and her husband were starting a church with all the people they had led to Christ, that they were stealing parishioners so Zainab sent picture proof that all the people in her new church are new believers. Praise God for the resolution to this issue, pray for her and her husband as they minister to these new believers.
Latest word on the Hausa Background believers’ conference is that there will be 1,000! Please continue to pray for safety. Everyone travels up tomorrow.
Comfort encouraged those she trained in the refugee camp close to where she lives; they have been sharing the gospel! One old woman when they witnessed to her she came to Christ and was baptized. Comfort encouraged them and said that she would continue to visit them to see how they are doing. Please pray for them for strength and mercy. Comfort is also planning on going to another camp for a training. Pray God will open doors.
Pray for the people in the refugee camps. Many of them are from areas like Gwoza, where it is still not safe to return. Most of them are farmers. Pray that God will intervene and bring peace so it will be safe to return home. Some have been in the camps for 6-8 years.
Comfort’s daughter is in Bauchi now, she has submitted her final project! Pray for her future and opportunities!
Pray for Peter’s son Benedict, the fever came back, and Peter is taking him to the hospital. Peter is leaving tomorrow, pray the doctors diagnose him well and get him the medication he needs!
Praise God Rich’s interview on tv went really well! It was broadcasted to five states. The woman in charge of the tv programming is an MBB, she is excited to give us air time. We are going to continue to record programs on TV, We have the best slot on the air for 13 weeks, right before the news. It will start airing in January! Praise God for this opportunity to share about the ministry of evangelism and follow up!
Stacey’s leg is ok, but it is not back to normal, it keeps swelling. He is going to the doctor next week, pray for healing!
Stacey’s brother is still not doing well, he is getting a spinal tap soon to get more information about how he is doing. Pray that the insurance company will allow him to get the treatment that would be better for him!
Pray for David’s son Ben that he would make good choices, and David and Denise would have the wisdom to know how to support him!
Pray for us as we follow up with everyone that gave or volunteered at the banquet, that God would help us bring more people into the ministry!
Pray for Rich and the board particularly as they are beginning the search for a VP of Ministry who would help Rich with his massive job, as well as potentially be prepared to take over Rich’s role if the need should arise.
Please continue to pray for Florence’s family! Her son Stanley took a month off to help take care of his father but is now back in Bamenda, please pray for his safety. Her husband is doing a bit better, but Florence herself is now suffering from pains in her arms. Please pray for the Lord’s mercy for her!
Please continue to pray for peace in Cameroon so we can go and minister alongside our friends in equipping people to evangelize and follow up!
Please pray for the trainees and new believers that have resulted from the last few years of ministry
Please continue to pray for the next year’s plans in Ethiopia! Especially plans for the conference.
Please pray for all the trainees, especially the students as they continue to minister!
Please pray for wisdom, grace and health for Eskinder, our National Director!
Gindiri Training went very well, praise God! The team worked very well together.
Training in Kagoro turned out to be only one day, prayer for better communication in the future! Our team communicated well but there was a miscommunication on the other side. The class was very responsive, they learned the gospel card, and are eager to learn more. There were two district leaders who were present, who were interested in having trainings in their location
One of the students in the class is from Burkina Faso and contacted Peter and wants him to organize a training in Burkina Faso. He is going to keep in contact with Peter. Pray for wisdom and fruit from these communications
When Peter was coming back, his cousin’s brother lost his oldest son, Fom, he was in Bible school, he died of typhoid. His cousin has to go and tell his wife’s family, prayer for comfort for Peter’s family and the whole community.
When Peter visited his home church in the village, he discovered that a member of the church, a boy, died for no apparent reason yesterday. A lot of youth Peter used to disciple told him that they’re scared God isn’t going to protect them, that people are being killed by secret societies or witchcraft. They are considering turning to witchcraft to protect themselves.
There is a meeting to plan the Hausa Background Believer conference, on Thursday, pray that this will go well! The community in the state where it s going to be held needs some prayer that the money will come through and that everyone will be safe! Please pray for safety for all those who are traveling.
On Saturday, people came from a church to meet with Peter, they had been talking with some of our partners from discipleship centers in Nigeria. They are interested in supporting some of the programs that have to do with helping new Muslim background believers financially! Pray that God will raise up more people to support us within Nigeria!
We are going to be advertising the conference on the radio, pray for this time!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, will be doing a shortened, modified training for three hundred 10-15 year old girls in Jos, from a boarding school. Comfort, and Zainab from Abuja (who has been using the materials) will be helping Sam. So important to give them hope and assurance, because a lot of the adults in their world don’t give them hope, because they face so many trials. Someone is giving them assurance from the word of God, try to look at the follow up and then how they can use it in their daily lives.
Peter’s wife is doing much better, praise God! Please continue to pray for her healing!
Continue to pray for all the new believers and newly dedicated believers (2,776) that resulted from the Bida outreach!
Please continue to pray for Florence and her husband!
Please also pray for peace in the country!
Please pray for all of the scattered trainees and new believers, that the Lord would protect and encourage them.
Pray for all the trainers in Mbingo, Linda, Lily, and many others!
Pray for Hestin, Stanley, and all the young evangelists trained this year!
Eskendir is trying to arrange a training early next year in an unreached area of Ethiopia, the churches there are helping to provide support. Pray for wisdom!
We are hoping to run a large conference, pray that we can get it organized and fund!
Continue to pray for Ethiopia for peace!
Fundraiser is on Saturday! Please pray that God provides for us all through this time!
Dara’s best friend’s dad is getting a triple bi-pass on Wednesday, they are very concerned because he has dementia, and this can mean that he may not be himself when he wakes. Pray for him, for protection and for healing, and for the whole family.
Gindiri training started with around 110 people, they went out for an outreach, pray for them! The report is that the trainees are very attentive and focused. Pray for strength and wisdom for the trainers.The registrar we have been working with has been transferred, pray for a good working relationship with the next registrar! The man we are working with is hoping to connect us with other COCIN theological schools.
Pray for Osang’s wife, Rejoice, who is 8 months pregnant! Pray for a safe delivery and health for the baby and Rejoice.
Change of name for the organization in Nigeria finally went through praise God! It is now Firm Foundation in Christ Ministries Africa
Pray for our trainees! A lot of our former trainees have come to ask for more materials, as they continue to train more people.
Next week our team is going to Kagoro to Ecwa theological school to train 80 theological students; pray that everything will go well, and for God’s protection on the road and during the training.
Pray for God’s protection over our vehicles, that God would put everything in order.
The outreach in the north was successful, all the evangelists came back safely! Praise God. Peter is going to find out soon what the results were.
Thank God for safety, when Peter was traveling recently, there was a high speed blowout, but as there were no cars nearby, they were able to get safely to the side, pray for this not to happen again!
Pray for the Hausa Background Believer conference coming up on the 25th of November, the committee will be meeting on Thursday this week, pray God will give them wisdom as they deliberate on the issues surrounding the HBB program.
Pray for the former Sheik, he traveled to Abuja, he wants to move to Abuja potentially.
Please continue to pray for Florence and her husband! Praise God that he has experienced some increased ability to communicate. Please pray for healing.
Please pray for all our trainees and trainers in Mbingo, including Dorcas, Linda, Lily, and many others, and the young evangelists in school such as Stanley and Hestin! Pray for God’s provision for their needs and for protection for them, and for encouragement in Jesus’ Name.
Please pray for peace in the country, especially mercy for the English speaking areas.
Please continue to pray for Eskinder’s health!
Please pray for peace in Ethiopia!
Please pray for encouragement and protection and continued strength for ministry for all the student trainees!
Continued prayer for Stacey’s knee! He is moving around pretty well but needs further healing.
Please pray for Stacey’s brother, the doctor has him going in for a bunch of tests because of his head injury from his fall. His insurance company won’t pay for the cancer treatment that would be better for him, even though the previous treatment is hurting him too much, pray for mercy.
Praise God for Dara and Ian’s trip to Canada, it was a really encouraging time, and the kids were wonderful travelers. We really sensed God’s encouragement that Dara’s music will be used to worship the Lord and create openings to talk with people.
Pray for the fundraiser which is coming up on the 16th of November, also pray for the matching grant effort, that God will provide!
Pray for David’s son Benjamin who is going through a lot, and having issues with anger, and getting in trouble in school, and at least one time experimenting with drugs. Pray for God’s protection and mercy over his life.
Pray for David’s father-in-law, who is also struggling with prostate cancer, he is in a lot of pain, and the doctors are trying to figure out the best course of action. His mother-in-law who is legally blind but has some sight, her eye is losing fluid from the eye, and she has lost even more of her vision.
The contractor that was going to help David fix up the house so his in-laws can live there is delayed, pray for all this to go through.
Please pray for Peter’s wife’s health, she is having further symptoms of hepatitis! She has gone back to her parents’ village to try some herbal remedies. Please pray for Peter and his children while she is gone!
Pray for the outreach which is occurring this Saturday, 1200-1600 evangelists will begin ministering in Niger State in largely-unreached Nupe land, where we have prepared 75 church leaders ahead of time to follow up with new believers! Please pray for the Lord to prepare people’s hearts ahead of time, for safety, for grace from the Holy Spirit, and for health for everyone!
Pray for the year planning! The Nigeria office has a lot of opportunity to expand, but needs funding to back it, please pray that God provides above and beyond all we ask!
Pray for Rick Cordell, he’s transitioning to working primarily with us to working with Emmaus! Pray for us and for him as he makes that transition, that God will bless that.
At the beginning of November, FFICM will be doing a training with Gindiri Theological School, this has been a highly fruitful partnership, please pray! There is also a possibility our team can split up and run another training at Kagoro Bible School at the same time, please pray for wisdom, grace, and strength successful and training is coming up on the fourth of November, pray for this training!
Comfort is also training in her church this week (20-30 people) as well as next week, Lord willing she will be training at EYN headquarters, an additional 20 people! Praise God for this, and pray for her for strength, grace, and protection.
Please continue to pray for our dear sister and partner, Florence, as she is still nursing her sick husband! Praise God for all her faithful work, and for that of her partners in ministry, the young evangelists and other leaders like Lily, Dorcas, Hilda, and Linda!
Pastor Jisa has been transferred to French-speaking Cameroon, and would like to run some trainings there! Please pray for wisdom and for the resources to come through!
Continue to pray for Eskendir and his health, praise God that he is doing better!
There has been some violence in the northern part of the country, pray for peace.
Pray for Eskendir as he seeks the Lord about the plans for the coming year, staff to bring on board, trainings, and conferences.
Stacey had surgery last week on his knee and is in recovery! He cannot put weight on it for more than fifteen minutes at a time, pray for full recovery!
Stacey’s brother has fallen and injured himself, related to the medication he is on for his cancer. He has some fluid in his brain, please pray for healing and for his family at this difficult time.
The USA team is working hard to meet our matching grant amount, which is $10,000 for monthly donations! Please pray that the Lord moves in people’s hearts to help us reach this goal.
There is a group of twelve churches in the Dalles who are interested in us training their people ahead of a big outreach around Easter, pray for wisdom for our team as we consider this opportunity! We would need to invest time and staff to adjust our training materials and pattern for a US audience.
Pray about planning and fundraising efforts for all teams as we look towards next year!
Dara’s kids are both sick for the third time this month! Pray God ends this attack on their health.
Pray for David’s son, who is having a difficult time adjusting to his new school and in general, pray for wisdom for his family and grace for him.
Pray for David’s family as they prepare to have his inlaws move in with them!
70 people there for Niger state training the first day
They were expecting 200+, but many are still trying to get their harvest in before the season changes
Pray for HBB speaker
Niger state trainees are out evangelizing now
old city dominated by Islam for many years
Nigeria name change in process: Firm Foundation In Christ Ministry Africa
Comfort: Thanks be to God. So many tragedies along the highways, but God is good. Pray for perseverance and wisdom.
Pray for our staff member Mr. A has he deals with an MBB conference attendee started having trouble breathing on the way home. After arriving home, she was taken to the hospital then ended up dying there. The church who sent her to the conference, doesn’t know who her family is or where they are. There is a struggle about who will pay the burial costs. The church who sent her is refusing to pay. She was only in her 20’s.
Praise God for the courage the trainees having in sharing the gospel.
Yesterday sharing at CMBC
Stacey knee surgery on Oct 17th
Rick needs to resolve real estate situation by the end of this week
David working on planning for next year
Matching grant letter going out
Planning underway for Fall Fundraiser, and it looks like we will be targeting our biggest ask ever
Pray or Eskinder and the ongoing work in Ethiopia. They have reports from only about half of the students so far, and are still waiting to hear from the rest of them as to how they used the training they got in July and how they used it to evangelize, follow-up and to train others.
Eskinder is working on plans for 2020. Pray for wisdom as he strategized together with the church leaders there in Ethiopia to figure out what to plan for next year.
Pray for the MBB conference, which begins tomorrow! Pray for everyone traveling, especially from states in the far north. About 100 people are here, we are expecting 500 more!
Don Little needs prayer! He left his computer on the airline accidentally, so he needs to recreate all his messages, and he speaks first thing tomorrow morning.
Pray for safety for the country, last year around this time is when the big crisis happened. Pray that God will protect everyone.
The international speaker for the next conference bowed out, so we need to find a speaker for the Hausa background believer conference! We have one possible replacement right now, pray God shows us who he has called to do this!
Pray for the team traveling and on location Sunday through Friday for the training in Niger state!
Please continue to pray for Florence! She reports that God is answering our prayers by giving her strength and grace to care for my husband, but he is doing very poorly. The increased medication isn’t helping, he can’t stand on his own or even talk, and Florence has to tend to him as though he were a baby. Please pray for a miracle for them! And for mercy for their country.
Pray for Rich’s trip back to the US!
We need to hear from Harmony Outreach and Eskendir’s people. Rich needs to touch base with them.
Dara and Ian are headed to LA to visit family and have a short vacation, pray for their trip!
Pray for preparations for October 6h sharing at CMBC!
Stacey needs surgery on his knee! Pray for healing and for a successful surgery.
David’s daughter had her first band competition Saturday! Her school did the best they had ever done at that competition!
This week David’s family is meeting with the contractor that is doing the garage conversion for his in-laws! They are hoping to move in in June. Pray for smooth transition. Also praise God that his father-in-law’s cancer has not metastasized. Pray for his son Ben too as they try to come up with an individualized education plan for his vision impairment and ADHD.
Pray for the Ballards (Susanna and Dan) as they are seeking God’s guidance for their ministry together!
Pray for wisdom as we figure out the plans for next year and the costs—what is reasonable and faithful to plan for as far as fundraising.
Please continue to pray for Eskinder’s health! And also for his children’s efforts in school, his son is waiting for his university assignment!
Please pray for the students! A new report came in and the new groups evangelized and brought nearly two hundred people to the Lord, ministering in prisons and in villages, and training people in their home villages.
Staff training this week! Pray for grace and for the Holy Spirit’s presence!
Please continue to pray for the new believers and new trainees from the refugee camps outside of Jos!
There will be a meeting with spouses of our trainers and staff for the Nigeria team this week as well, to answer all their questions about the ministry and hear their hearts!
Rich, Peter, Ishaku and other staff had a safe trip to and from Jalingo this week! Praise the Lord for his protection and also pray for our plans for a new conference for evangelism and discipleship in the north in April! Pray for the family of the man who was our contact in Jalingo who died this past month.
Pray for the upcoming MBB conference! Pray for the travel for them and for Comfort
Children have gone back to school, some are young pray God will protect them and keep them safe and they can afford school
Sam’s mom is getting better! Continue to pray for healing. She is still on medication.
Keep praying for Peter’s sister-in-law who is a widow and just lost her eleven year old son.
Please pray for strength and grace for Comfort to move forward!
Comfort’s daughter has two more papers to write for her final exam for school in communications! Please pray for her for energy and wisdom and encouragement!
Pray for Eskendir’s health situation, last week he wasn’t feeling well, but he is recovering! Please pray for full healing
Pray for ministry with students. Last night they sent 150 materials to young people to follow up with new believers. People are coming to them, and he’s sending a report next week at the latest!
He is also arranging new training programs, Ethiopia’s new year starts recently, they’re planning for training for the rest of the year!
Pray for Eskendir’s two sons, older one Nathan, is going to second year of university, the younger one is waiting for his appointment to university. They don’t know where he is going to go, but they are praying for him. His name is Ibraham!
Ethiopia is currently calm, but people are still afraid. There is an election in 7 months, people are nervous and praying. Government publicly announced they arrested a bunch of people that were going to attack the country over the new year. Give thanks to God for protecting people.
Church leaders from Eritrea who did planning with Rich are doing well, they are trying to continue to use our materials. They are interested, some of them wanted to invite us to go, as visitors to encourage them via air. The close borders aren’t open to cross by foot. Some borders are open but they would need permission to visit us. Please pray for an even more lasting peace, and for mercy for the Eritrean church, that God would break the rod of oppression over them.
Please continue to pray for Cameroon! There is severe oppression in the English speaking regions.
Please also pray for Florence for strength and comfort as she continues to support and care for her husband!
Please pray for healing for Florence’s husband!
Please also pray for the new believers who resulted from the outreach and trainings this past summer, for God to strengthen and comfort them and draw them into a family of faith.
David’s father in law prostate cancer! Pray for healing.
Pray for Stacey’s right knee, it is getting worse! Hopefully he will be getting some results from tests.
Rick Cordell asks for prayer for two flights! He’s flying today to speak at a conference for Emmaus Bible Fellowship and will be returning next Monday.
Pray also for Dara and David’s meeting with Kevin Whitman tomorrow, about fundraising plans for the fall and for the budget for next year.
Peter’s visa interview is Friday! Pray for mercy for him from person interviewing him! The US government hasn’t been accepting people easily.
Pray for Ruth’s family, today is the year anniversary of his death in a Muslim attack. He was a strong Christian and is with the Lord but this is obviously very difficult for her family.
Thank God for last week’s program at the IDP camp, it was a success by the team’s testimony. Some of them have already started using the training. This evening, one of the leaders came to the office to take materials that he will be using.
Pray for continued preparations for the conferences. Especially the one in partnership with NLFA which is the largest, and is coming up next week!
Pray for couples meeting! Rich and the Nigeria team leadership is going to speak with the spouses of our trainers to explain more about the ministry.
The Nigeria office is going to meet with the 7 prospective trustees (during the week of the conference probably Thursday the 12th of September)
Pray for the trainer’s training!
Sam started teaching the baptism class in his church using the follow-up materials, please pray for these new believers! He is also training another class of ten people.
In a shocking development, Eskendir updated us that an underground Coptic priest told him that he had heard of our organization, and asked him if he would help train him and some of his people in evangelism and follow-up! If you all will remember, the Coptic priests were the ones that stirred up the crowd of thousands to beat up our university student trainees this past month!
Please continue to pray for the country, it is again unstable, there was a Wycliffe translator killed recently.
Please pray for Florence as she is still caring for her husband! Please pray for a restoration of his health in Jesus’ Name, and provision for their needs.
Please also continue to pray for Dorcas and the new believers that she is following up with!
Please also pray for the people that Linda trained this past month, that they would be faithful to their callings and God would provide for them.
Praise God for the prayer meeting we had with the Palaus and our USA team and supporters yesterday! We prayed for the team that is going and it was a really encouraging time.
Pray for the US team that will be traveling! Rich is traveling on Tuesday, and the rest of the team is traveling Thursday, pray for their safe travel and for all their preparations.
Praise God for our new volunteer who has been extremely helpful! We had two more people contact us and indicate they are willing to volunteer. Praise God for his provision, we look forward to seeing how he is going to continue to provide.
David’s kids start school tomorrow, for two of them, it is their first day at a new school, pray for them as they adjust! Pray for Denise as well as David leaves.
David’s car was having difficulties, and a friend this last week told them that they are going to give them their van! Praise God for his provision.
Pray for Wendy’s outreach on Sunday to the 600 women from the IDP camp.
Pray for Rick, he has a lot of things up in the air as far as future planning, pray for wisdom!
Trusting God isn’t easy. It is a phrase I write with fear and trembling. I’ve seen firsthand what trusting God looks like. When people sing songs about trusting God in church…when the music is all major chords, and people all around declaring confidently that they’ll trust God with everything, there is a part of me that shudders and wonders if they’ve really thought what “everything” means. I’ve seen people lose loved ones, take punishing losses in their bodies, suffer abuse, suffer mental illness, suffer any number of things, and so have you…and we have suffered ourselves.
How can the psalmist so confidently write, “happy is everyone who trusts in you” (the very ending line of the psalm) when trusting God can be the very thing that leads you into danger in the first place? Many of our own trainees and trainers, brothers and sisters, have suffered terribly because they declare their faith in God.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God[…]Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.”
The Hebrew word for happiness is much deeper than our own. It is a lasting happiness. The psalmist is happy because he/she is with God! God’s presence is what we all long for as Christians, from the depths of our souls where the Holy Spirit dwells within us.
“Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength”
Here we have a promise, that though we walk through a valley of weeping, if our strength is in God, our very places of wounding will become a place of refreshment, of springs of water.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the LORD withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.”
No good thing? What about that healing? That safety? That peace? So many times in our lives whether because of the assault of the evil one or people filled with hatred, terrible things have happened.
I do not fully understand this, and nor do I believe that I ever will in this life. But I do know that this is a psalm written in view of God’s presence, in comparison with the importance of which, everything else fades.
“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.”
We, God’s beloved, filled with His Spirit, will not be abandoned, will not be defeated by the many things; sicknesses, people, even demons, that oppress us in this life.
We will live not just one day in the courts of our God, but all days forever. And this future truth begins now. The streams of water promised in the valley of weeping–the Living God within us.
Pray for preparations for the big conference, there are a lot of important details that still need to be sorted out!
Peter and the team went out to visit people with the newsletters and fundraising materials, and challenged them to financially support the ministry, and it went very well, praise God!
Tomorrow through Friday, Peter, Comfort and Sam are going to train 40 women from the IDP camps in follow-up ahead of Wendy Palau’s September outreach to 600 women from three camps. Pray for the trainees and for the team! Praise God for this amazing opportunity to serve people who have suffered a lot.
Pray for Comfort’s niece, she had an accident last week, she is doing better, praise God!
Pray for Peter’s visa interview on the sixth of September! We really want him to be able to fly to the US to meet with the US team and some of our supporters in the fall.
There was an attack in the Forun area, two houses were burned and nobody was killed. The locals were on the alert, and repelled them. Thank God and pray for peace!
Sam, God has opened a door for him to teach a baptism class using the materials, he started yesterday, there were 6 people that attended. The elder that was leading the class may invite him for more trainings! Praise God for his work with them!
Sam is concerned about the spiritual life of his parents, they have not confessed faith in Christ, though they attend church. Sam has been talking with them for years now, praying for special grace for him! He wants to go with another friend to talk to them about their salvation.
Pray for the complicated matter of sorting out our working relationship with the sheik as he tries to discern his long-term calling and how to work with us.
Praise God for Comfort’s safety in traveling to Jos!
There was an attack in Biu and Magumiri, they killed some people, pray for healing and continued protection.
Pray for the students as they continue to share the gospel!
Eskendir is making plans with the mission department to go down to remote areas that are practically unreached to do trainings, pray for wisdom and grace, and praise God for these opportunities.
Pray for Eskendir as he continues to make connections for us in the country as national director, that God would lead him and bless his ministry!
Florence’s husband is worse, please continue to pray for strength!
The situation in Cameroon is getting much worse, so it is not looking like we will be able to travel there to help run a conference. Pray for those who are still there as they minister!
No schools or government institutions are allowed to operate in the English-speaking regions, pray for peace, and for mercy for the English-speaking lands especially.
Thank God for Rich’s trip to Philadelphia, we have many new prayer supporters and a few financial supporters!
Pray for continued set-up for speakers for the second and third conferences on our end!
Keep praying, we have submitted an application for a grant that would give us seed money for a matching grant, which would be an incredible help!
Pray we have our first planning meeting for our fall fundraiser this week, pray that these plans go smoothly.
We have a new volunteer coming in this week to meet with Rich and David, praise God, he wants to volunteer 10-20 hours a week.
Praise God for the training at Cedar Mill! We have some new interested people!
Pray for a new training opportunity through David’s friend—we might be able to train people from 12 churches ahead of an evangelist outreach around Easter, which would be incredible.
Pray for Rick’s friend Scott, who has cancer, and whose father recently died, Rick is hoping he will be responsive to the gospel.
Pray for David’s father-in-law, still struggling with prostate cancer.
Continue praying for Stacey’s brother who is receiving treatment for cancer.
Pray for Carl Palmer’s cancer, which has spread to his bones, please pray for healing and for his pain level! Please also pray for his wife Carolyn
Praise for healing for Carsten, who is recovered from his pain issue and sleeping, for which Dara and Ian thank God and you all for praying!
Pray for continued grace for the Nigeria team to set up all of the conferences in the fall! There are many preparations that need to be made, and a lot of communications that need to go smoothly.
Pray for our continued working relationship with the sheik! He is deciding whether or not he wants to start his own organization, so our continued collaboration with him will be complicated, pray for good understanding between the Nigeria team and him.
Pray for Peter’s visa interview, Sept. 6th! We hope he will be able to fly over to speak to the US contingent at the dinner in November.
Maiduguri is fine and calm, praise God!
Pray for Comfort as she is trying to set up a training and is facing some opposition from disagreement within the churches among the elders, pray for increased understanding and better communication.
There are some young men who are interested in being trained, and she is going to start a training with them at 3 pm tomorrow, pray for her and for these young trainees!
Next week Comfort will be leading a training, with our staff in Jos for forty women who will plan to follow up at the IDP (internally displaced person) camp in Jos when Wendy Palau comes to share the gospel, pray for Comfort’s travels and for her work with the women!
Pray for Rick’s business in real estate and plans for the fall.
Pray for Samuel, his colleague lost his wife, so they traveled up to Nassarawa state, pray for journey mercies for him as he is on his way.
Dauda went to the printing press for the printing of the newsletters, pray that everything comes out as expected, the samples yesterday were good! The Nigeria team is hoping to use those to begin fundraising themselves.
Sunday from NLFA is working on the translation for the messages! Pray that all the speakers get the messages to him in time for the printing.
It is looking like there will be 600 women from three different camps attending Wendy Palau’s ministry time at the conference for refugee women!
Keep praying for all the students who are sharing the gospel, they are supposed to give their first update Sept. third!
Prayer for our new Ethiopia director, Eskendir, as he begins work in his position!
Praise God for all the work he continues to do through our trainees in Ethiopia.
Florence’s husband is suffering from diabetes neuropathy. On the 27th of this month the doctors plan on doing another test called CSF analysis will be done for him, pray for a good result for the test!
Linda trained 12 trainees at Baicham and 13 in Mbingo. So in all last month the Cameroon team trained 25 people!
A group of new believers has been handed over to Dorcas, one of our 2017 trainees. She meets with them every Tuesday for follow-up. There are seven of them; pray for Dorcas and the new believers that they will be available to finish all the 7 follow-up lessons!
The school year is soon to begin and many of our local team members (the young evangelists) are going back to school. Pray for them. They will be away for three to four months before they return to Bingo.
Pray for Stanley! He is gone to the Baptist seminary in Ndu and asked for prayers.
Praise, the church that Rich visited in Philly worked very hard to invite over 130 people to hear the presentation, and there is a lot of interest!
Pray for Rich as he wants to share the gospel with his sister while he is there.
Pray for Dara’s 2 year old son, Carsten, who has been waking in the night unable to go back to sleep because of leg and foot pain
Stacey’s brother is suffering from cancer in four locations, it can be treated with hormone therapy, but it may leave him unable to walk. Please pray that he will be able to walk as he receives treatment.
Prayer for the training in Cedar Mill! Dara, Susanna, and Rick are leading it, there are four participants. Prayer for continued attendance and fruit from this experimental training!
David’s main supporting church, Laurel Church had a big outreach to the community, they had about 700 people there, and everything went smoothly! They presented the gospel to everyone, so pray God would use what was shared in people’s hearts and lives.
Pray for the US team’s preparations for the conference! We are organizing transportation, speaking engagements, visas!
Pray for the update of our contact database! We are hoping to have a more effective and efficient way of keeping track of our supporters!
Pray for Rich’s speaking engagements! He is preaching at several churches, and meeting with many more people this coming week. Thank God for all the interest in supporting the ministry, and the donations that have come through.
David’s father-in-law has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, they are doing a biopsy this week, his name is David also, prayer for healing and for wisdom for the doctors as they weigh the benefits of different treatments.
Thank God for the help that the Luis Palau association is providing financially with the large conference!
The Nigeria team is in the thick of preparing for the three conferences! Please pray for them for wisdom as they are trying to anticipate how many people will be in attendance; Peter is waiting to receive final names and numbers.
With regard to the Hausa Background Believer Conference, we will possibly have 1,200 people in attendance, more than we anticipated, pray for God’s provision!
Pray that Peter’s visa goes through—Bitrus Dasar was just denied a visa to enter the US.
There was an attack along the road on Friday close to Maiduguri, pray for continued protection!
Pray for Comfort as she starts tries to arrange trainings, she hasn’t had quick responses!
Pray for endurance and encouragement for the Christians in Maiduguri, still facing persecution and trauma.
Pray for Christians in Katsina—they shared with our staff stories about how they are being denied jobs, or kept in low level positions, because Christians are looked down on. In the community where they are living, they have to take care of themselves, they have their own primary school, roads, hospital, the local government does nothing for them, doesn’t permit them to partake in normal community life.
Continue to pray that God will lead us to partner with people that will help them in terms of community rural development so they can continue to help and empower themselves!
Pray for the office in Jos, by next week Peter and the team will begin fundraising in Nigeria! One of the board members, General Bako, has already given a generous donation!
Thank God for the peace that they are enjoying in Jos!
Sam thanks God for His care and protection of their lives.
Everyone was worried about the Salah celebration but there was no attack. We pray that the peace will continue!
Continue to pray for the big conference, they are still thinking of changing the venue because the hostel are in really bad shape, but the other option doesn’t have good space for the small groups. Pray that God gives the committee wisdom.
Linda just conducted a training at Baicham, walking 2-3 hours from Mbingo! Pray for her and the rest of the team in Mbingo as they do what they can to minister locally. Pray that God would repay them for their diligence in ministering!
Please continue to pray for Florence’s husband as he is still sick!
Please also pray, they have been cut off from internet and electricity periodically, pray that their utilities are restored.
9 of the Ethiopian students were imprisoned, and some were severely beaten and require medical attention! The church had to pay for their release. Pray for them for their encouragement and healing. The attack in Injibara prior to their imprisonment was particularly violent, the Coptic priests led a mob of nearly 3,000, who verbally abused them and physically attacked them, seriously injuring one young woman’s back. Some of them are still in need of medical attention.
Praise God that we are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with the demonization as they have been impressed with our work and are completely supportive of our partnership with them!
Pray for fundraising efforts! We have applied for a $10,000 matching grant from MIF at their encouragement. Pray that this goes through! After this we will have to raise the money in the months that remain in the year.
Pray for us as we start to branch out to find more partners!
Rich and David met with the Palau team to coordinate security for the women from their family who will be traveling to our conference to speak, pray for Gloria and Wendy to both be and feel safe as they minister!
Pray for us as we continue to coordinate on our end all the logistics for the conference! Pray for a quick and smooth process for approval for the visas that are needed!
Pray for Dara who has developed a bee allergy, that she can figure out how to be safe.
In Ethiopia there was a missionary to northern India in an unreached area, who is interested in working with us! Pray that God opens the doors financially and individually as this would be really great place to reach.
Pray for our training at Cedar Mill! We have two more weeks that Dara, Susanna and Rick will be leading.
David led a middle school retreat at his church, and thank you for praying! David had ten eighth grade boys in his group, two of which weren’t believers, and praises God for the openness to spiritual growth that he saw.
David’s son was rough-housing with another kid at the retreat, and they collided and one kid ended up with a broken clavicle. The other family is very upset at the church and at David’s family so they’re trying to mediate conversations, so wisdom for David’s family and the church to know how to deal with the situation.
Pray for Rick’s financial needs and scheduling complications as to when he can go to Nigeria, and also for his friend Scott, who he is hoping will commit his life to Christ!
The former sheik and his wife just welcomed a new baby girl, Grace Miriam! Praise God!
Comfort lost her father-in-law, please pray for her!
Ruth told the staff that a teenage boy from her village who is related to her husband, was kidnapped after his father was beaten, eventually they released the child for 500,000 Niara. Please pray for protection for the city because kidnapping for ransom has become a problem.
The team is discussing preparation for the conferences, please pray for them! This is a lot of work that spans traveling and conferences from September through November.
Peter finished his class, praise God! Pray God will give him wisdom as he resumes a full schedule of work at the office!
Sheik will be traveling to visit the MBB converts from a Muslim background, he is expecting to stay for a week, prayer for him as he leaves tomorrow! Pray for safe travels and for wisdom for him.
Pray for the Nigeria office as they figure out how to manage their newsletter and increased communications needs as they fundraise on their side of the world!
Some of Sam’s family is a little sick but they are all doing better! His wife is feeling comforted after the loss of her grandmother, praise God.
Please continue to pray for our Cameroon team as they plan outreaches and trainings! Please pray for them for provision and grace in the midst of trial.
Please also pray for Florence’s husband, as he has experienced another set-back with regard to his health.
Second week of training in Ethiopia this week! Pray for Rich and the team for the strength to finish well, and praise God for the enthusiasm, joy, and eagerness to learn.
Please continue to pray for peace in the country!
Praise God for our new Ethiopia office!
David has returned from a vacation with his family! Praise God for their time relaxing together.
There are some complications in helping speakers from overseas manage their tickets and visas, pray for David as he works on this!
We have a fundraising campaign August-September hoping to help raise monthly donations to support the ministry we hope to do in 2020, pray for God to provide.
We are working on a new database to keep in better contact with our donors, pray that God gives us wisdom, and praise God for the volunteer, Doug Hoy, who has stepped in to help us.
One of our regular volunteers who helps out with finances is on vacation this week, so David has an increased work load this week so prayer for grace.
Pray for grace for Stacey to be able to finish the organization videos! He is leaving to visit his brother who has cancer, also his sister’s husband who has severe diabetes, pray for mercy for all those that are ill.
Stacey’s right leg is bothering him, please pray for healing!
David’s got two kids at summer camp this week! Pray for them to have a great time, and would grow spiritually.
Prayer for protection for Dara’s family, she was threatened by a man with an anger problem while out on a walk with the kids.
The training in the UMCN northern conference Gwandum went very well, the turnout was encouraging! Sam, Dauda, Ahamet and Ishaku together trained over 260 people, mostly evangelists and members of the church. They were able to give certificates to 245. During the practicals, on the first day, the participants didn’t want to go out for witnessing, but the second day the team made it compulsory, and divided the participants into 6 groups. 167 converts prayed to receive Christ! The trainees were instructed to give the names of the converts to pastors in the local area who have been trained so they can be followed up! There are a lot of Muslims in this area, so Ahamet was able to talk about how to witness and conduct follow-up with people from a Muslim background. Pray for these new converts!
The number of participants was underestimated, so we ran short of the materials! This week Sam is going to send the materials to those who were not able to take materials with them.The team sat down with the evangelism committee from the training about twelve zones that they can team up and cover. We promised them that if they can do this, we will continue to supply materials!
This is farming season so this was actually a small number of their pastors! They would like to bring more pastors next time, pray for these plans as they come into place.
No problems with traveling, praise God for the new office car!
There was an attack Thursday about 25 km away from Maiduguri. They killed a captain and a few others, people are scared to go out to their farms. So they have food insecurity if they can’t farm, pray for peace!
Comfort is traveling to EYN headquarters, and will see the director of Evangelism and speak with him about running further trainings. She is leaving tomorrow on a more than 5 hour journey, pray for her safety and for God’s guidance and encouragement for her!
Pray for Peter as he is trusting God to complete his summer course this week Friday, pray that God will continue to lead him and give him grace and strength!
Pray for Sam’s family, when Sam was in Gwandum Friday evening, Sam’s wife’s grandmother died. She is in the village for the burial, and planning to return tomorrow or the day after. Pray for comfort for her and for grace for her family.
Rick might be able to travel with his daughter, pray for a good time with her! Continue to pray for healing for Rick’s family.
Stacey thanks God that his vacation went very well! Travel was all safe, and his family enjoyed each other. Pray for his brother, there is another scan the 2nd of August for his lung, Stacey will be traveling to visit him the 4th. His sister’s husband is suffering from severe diabetes, pray for healing!
Pray for Dara as she sings in an opera this Sunday, for strength as she travels back and forth to rehearsals and for opportunities to minister to the people around her with the music that she loves.
Pray for David’s trip with his family that this will be refreshing time!
Pray for wisdom and direction for the US team as we continue to work on expanding our support base.
Rich, Eskendir, Rich, Jacob, and Dandana (the Oromo translator who has done the materials) all arrive safely at the location for the training, praise God! We trust that the Muslim evangelism expert will be coming Wednesday
Pray that everyone is able to come, they are expecting about 100 students! There was some confusion about the dates, so we need to pray that all the students are able to come.
The team has to make the hundred gospel tracts tonight! Pray for them as they finish lastminute preparations.
It’s cold in Ethiopia! Pray for everyone as they deal with the cold.
Pray for next week’s training also, we are hoping another 100 students will be there by God’s grace.
Pray for the thieves who took Rich’s phone, pray for their salvation.
Pray for continued peace in Ethiopia.
Florence’s husband is experiencing another decline in his health, please pray for mercy for him and for Florence!
Please also pray for Florence’s team of evangelists and trainees, for wisdom, continued encouragement and grace as they plan together to reach out to those around them.
Monday there was another attack by the Boko Haram in the north! Also there was a demonstration in the refugee camp outside Maiduguri, they have not received their regularly scheduled aid in 3 or 4 months. Prayer that people would not misappropriate funds meant for the vulnerable, and that God would provide for them!
Prayer for encouragement for the Christians in Nigeria, for our co-worker Comfort and her friends,or God to help them to stand in these end times. Some people are losing hope, and it is a difficult situation to be in! One girl, Hannatu, was almost forcibly married to a Muslim this past week, but the church was able to intervene. Pray for her that she will grow stronger in the Lord, and will be safe and provided for.
Pray for Comfort’s continued ministry to widows!
Jos is peaceful and blessed with rains, praise God.
Peter is very busy with school and has many upcoming assignments. Pray for wisdom and strength! His class is on contextualization and global missions.
Samuel, Ishaku, Yusuf, and Dauda will be running training for UMCN close to Gombe in a couple of weeks! We haven’t been able to communicate with the area lately so pray that Sam will be able to get through. This group was inspired by our training of pastors in Jalingo, and wants us to train 150 of their pastors and church leaders so that all of their local area churches will catch the vision for evangelism and follow-up.
Peter and Rich visited the area eight years ago, there is a local wonder which they are very proud of. There is a series of what appear to be running footprints in a rock formation up on a mountain nearby. Rich and Peter hiked up in between the training sessions and the locals were very gratified by the interest that they showed! Local legend is that even if you chisel the footprints away, they return. They call them “magical footprints”.
Thank God for the impact of the IDENT and IFIX training! The discipleship center leader called to tell that a woman came to receive Christ after having her teeth removed by one of the trainees!
Pray for the MBBs up north, some of them are unwilling to stay in their home area, and some just want to move around receiving support from the church, and may or may not be genuine in their conversion. Help them not to see this as a means of getting money but to take up the cross of discipleship!
Florence and our Cameroonian trainees are running a retreat for about 8 leadership, and next week planning to have another training for more people! Pray for continued encouragement and grace for all of them in Jesus’ Name. They have been praying and fasting and asking God for mercy for their country and for guidance for them all in ministry.
Mbingo is peaceful, but Belo is not, continue to pray for peace and stabilization!
The country appears stable now after the coup, praise God, but pray for continued peace as the government works to continue to apprehend those involved.
Pray for the final preparations for our training of 200 students!
We continue to praise God for the official Ethiopia office we now have with the hiring of Eskinder as our National Director!
David is up in Washington doing support raising for his family! He spoke at one church Sunday morning, and has had fruitful meetings with supporters, pray for his increased support as he is facing an increased need. Everyone at the church has been praying by name for the FFICM team members overseas, praise God for their faithfulness in prayer!
Praise God we have a new volunteer! Doug Hoy will be working with our staff to see how he can best help.
Praise God for all the help Stacey has been able to give with audio/visual.
Continue to pray for Dara and Susanna as they support a friend in her marriage.
Pray for the organization as we are facing a potential huge financial hurdle! Pray for wisdom for Dad and David as they develop a strategic plan and Dara as she works to communicate this complicated scenario.
Comfort asks for prayer for security in Borno state and that the Christians are given the strength in the Spirit to stand firm in the midst of severe persecution. The Boko Haram attacked on Saturday and were repelled, but not before about fifty people died. Please pray for an end to the violence! The women in the refugee camps are continuing to convert Islam, despite the efforts of the local church to provide support. They are not getting the aid that they need! Please pray for them.
Comfort’s daughter is finishing her final project for school!
The Nigeria office car is now malfunctioning! Pray for Peter for strength and encouragement as he deals with it, and that the Lord would prevent the enemy from attacking the ministry at all!
The office van is working very well, and now has both seatbelts and AC, which we praise God for in the danger and heat of Nigeria!
Praise God for peace in Jos this past week.
Continue to pray for the details to come together for the conferences in the fall!
Pray for the retreat for FFICM trained evangelists and church leaders, as they pray and ask God to grant them renewal and wisdom to know how he is leading them to minister in this time of great trial! Florence asks that we pray for some of the evangelists who because of unforeseen circumstances will not be able to attend, that they will not be discouraged. Pray for God to encounter each one of us accordingly. Pray for grace to fast and pray through the retreat fervently!
Please continue to pray for Florence’s husband, as he lost his younger brother this past week!
Please pray for improved communications with our Ethiopian team!
Please also pray for the country–a major general was assassinated in an apparent coup attempt this past week, and numerous officials killed in the north. May God grant them peace!
Please pray for the continued set up for the training of the students in July! That everything (especially now security) would fall into place.
Pray for Rich and David as they are catching up on all of the new information they have from Nigeria and the US the past few weeks and will be developing further strategies and budgets.
Pray for David as he travels this week to a church with his family, he will be speaking twice, and has his wife’s birthday celebration, parents’ anniversary, sisters’ anniversary, and other birthdays to be present for! May God bless each family member.
Thank the Lord for interested volunteers resulting from David’s last speaking engagement at Laurel Community Church!
Continue to pray for Stacey’s brother, who is waiting for test results still–pray for peace and for news of healing!
Pray for Dara and Susanna as they support a close friend who is struggling in her marriage.
Zainab was facing severe discouragement in her life, but she was so blessed through the work of God through the training we ran at Emmaus Bible School she now has hope! This is her story…
“This is my twelfth year running a baking school to support myself and my ministry, and this year things became very hard. I had no new students at my school, no money to pay my bills, I was sick with no means of purchasing treatment, and I had to withdraw my children from school. My Muslim family members mocked me.
I almost gave up before I came to Emmaus.
But thank God, I came to Jos. By the grace of God since I returned home and started making disciples and training others, God has blessed me! My health has improved, and my life has meaning again.
Today, God added four new students to my school and I am able to pay half of my shop rent that I haven’t been able to pay since February.
My landlady has given me grace and believes I will able to pay my bills again.
God is blessing the people through this teachings! Some people have been living in fear and not faith, others have received Jesus Christ, but are not sure of their salvation. But the classes on following Jesus has brought hope and faith back to them.
Once again thank you for teaching me the truth. And thank you for the materials. God bless you all.”
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'” John 6:35 (NIV)
Praise the Lord we got a new small car for the Nigeria team (Peter laughed for several minutes when we ask if the AC worked, he said the mechanic told him he forgot to fix it) but the seatbelts do! Pray we need to get seatbelts for the van!
The larger meeting with the nine organizations and our Nigeria team went pretty well, they weren’t as prepared as we had hoped, but we now know the venue for the large conference, the MBB conference, but not the Hausa background believer conference yet (which will be somewhere in Katsina). They didn’t have the budget ready, so pray that they will be able to come up with the budget. They’re having a second meeting tomorrow to try to hash out the finances together, pray for wisdom and good collaboration!
We are figuring out the lodgings for most of the speakers for the fall conferences, pray for the success of the final plans.
Rich is leaving day after tomorrow, pray for safety in travel to Abuja, and the flight.
Peter is writing an exam on Friday! Pray for wisdom and easy memory! Peter’s water tank is not working, so they are collecting rain water for use in their house. Peter’s wife is supposed to go and see the doctor again for her checkup this week, pray for good news from her tests! Pray for his daughter, Greta, who is still trying to get into university and is very discouraged and frustrated.
Praise God for the safety of the trip prior to this, God protected the team in a number of ways as some very serious dangers presented themselves.
Jos is safe! There has been no crisis in the city or in the villages. Praise God!
DCC chairman and UMCN meeting—pray for better memory and implementation of the strategy. They want to have their own conference in Jalingo, so we are going to pray about this. They said they could bring enough people who would be interested in evangelizing and following up with Muslims in the local area who don’t feel confident.
Everyone agreed again that there isn’t a way that we can send 500 converts to discipleship schools, and this is what we are praying for and what we want for Muslim
Rich and the sheik are continuing to work hard on the Muslim background believer materials, and have gotten to test some of the materials in the field with positive results. Pray for their continued collaboration. They hope to finish writing three follow up segments!
Pray for continued set up of the ministry that Wendy and Gloria Palau are hoping to do among the internally displaced widows and children while they are in Jos for the conference.
One of the ITEC dental trainees has already started removing teeth. He is looking for a place to rent space where he can continue working.
The house where we all stayed during the training and the primary school was all pulled down by a wind storm. A tree was ripped out of the ground. Pray for the head of the discipleship center, as she is facing serious challenges and discouragement.
In Maradi where we hope to have a training, the Muslims burned an AOG church and some vehicles.
Pray that the Lord will put an end to all the attacks on our team and Nigeria.
Pray for the continued work of set-up of the training of the university students in July! At least 200 students are coming.
Half of the students are going to Muslim areas so they need to be trained to share the gospel in Muslim areas, we’re bringing in the head of the department for Muslim evangelism for Kale Heywet church to come work with us training the students. He’s taking care of all of his expenses.
Pray for their short retreat they are having for FFICM trainees end of June!
We are hoping more of our US team will become proficient in “high” Hausa, which is highly respected in the north.
Dara is sick with an infection and is leaving for a vacation, pray she recovers quickly!
Pray for the arrangements, we have found an open door for being able to process visas for people going over in September! We are grateful for this, but continue to need prayer for all the set-up issues.
David is preaching Sunday, prayer for wisdom.
Roy’s memorial service is on Saturday, prayer for the family.
Pray for Rick’s classes at Multnomah and fundraising efforts!
Rich began working with sheik ad his coworker writing MBB materials, they outlined what an MBB needs practically to transition to the church. Praise God! Rich heard many stories about why these materials are necessary. In one scenario a Muslim convert went to church in Maiduguri, and the people at the gate refused to let him in because they were afraid that he was going to bomb the place, they called the police, the policeman was a Muslim and was mad he had converted and accused him of being BH, and put him in jail for two years.
Praise God, there was no trouble over Salah in Jos or in Maiduguri. In Jos, they didn’t let anyone ride the “tricycles” over Salah so they wouldn’t have an easy attack method.
In Kindjandi BH attacked and kidnapped a woman who they later released too send a warning that they plan on killing all the Christians in an area.
Maiduguri is completely calm which is making everyone nervous, because this kind of calm usually means they’re planning a new strategy, pray that God has mercy and averts all tragedy, and thwarts all plans of the enemy.
This week Comfort had 2 people she trained, one is an immigration officer and another local person. She sometimes trains people within her house, pray for her! Comfort asks for prayer that there will be more open doors for her to train more people. Pray for grace and encouragement for her as she works in this difficult region.
Pray for Rich as he travels north hopefully Wednesday, going up for two days. Sheik and his co-worker will be traveling with him. They will meet with the ECWA folks, making sure they’re going to follow through with their muslim evangelism and follow up strategy we agreed on. It has been difficult to help the church accept MBBS, the church got burned recently because they accepted an MBB, there is a lot of fear. Please pray for safe travel because it’s dangerous around there.
Pray for the 500 convert goal that we are trusting God this year! Pray for wisdom as we continue to work with church leaders to figure out how to care for them.
Pray for the meeting to set up all the conferences. Committee meeting on Monday! Pray it will work out well and will be a good time of fellowship.
Some of the people we trained from the??? training. Someone from abuja, a woman has trained about 30 people, she has been sending pictures and reports. Another one in Lagos started training some teenage girls, she is using her training really effectively! Another pastor called from delta, that he has started conducting the training with his church leadership, and need more materials. Pray for people who are using the training that god will give them wisdom to know how to continue to put their training into practice.
Pray for the Nigerian office, they just sold their small car and are hoping to get a new (and better functioning one!) Pray for wisdom!
Pray for Peter, he has just started classes! One of his classes is on Islamic theology and thought. He thanks God that it has come at the right time, there are eight in the class and most of them know exactly how they want to use it in their ministry.
One of the challenges is that the churches are running away from the training, some of the MBBs are using the churches for money, and continually rotating between churches. Peter is brainstorming with other classmates how to best solve those problems.
Pray for plans for the end of the year, thinking of ideas for how to raise funds internally for the Nigeria Office. They met as a team the past two weeks, and agreed on a strategy for developing video clips and newsletters to send to strategic people to share about the ministry. Pray that God will give us more wisdom for how to best communicate and who to talk to!
Pray for Stacey as he develops videos for the Nigeria office! They are hoping to start meeting with some major potential supporters by August. Ten minute video.
We are trying to set up a training in Niger, the week after the fall conference. We need visas to be able to do that!
Thank God, Sam’s father is improving, the problem is heart failure. He will be taking drugs to help with that, pray for God to miraculously heal him, his name is Phungwon!
Pray for continued collaboration with Kale Heywet and our Ethiopian colleagues for wisdom and understanding as we’ve signed the MOU!
Pray for Eskendir’s continued work with us, and also for the set up of the training.
The leadership wants us to go south to a really unreached area where they have indigenous people there willing to be trained! They want us to go in November, but it’s unlikely we will be able to, so prayer for the opportune time to present itself.
Pray that the Cameroonian team will get the funds in time to run their retreat for the FFICM trained evangelists and church leaders.
We’re putting out the monthly newsletter this week, pray for wisdom and grace that people will be prompted to pray and give!
Also pray for knowing who to follow up with as far as volunteers, we need a lot of help…with everything 🙂
Pray for starting to plan the conferences, and also fundraiser!
Pray that the visa process will go smoothly on this end, since the way we had before to get visas without an in person interview is temporarily stalled.
Wendy Palau is wanting to minister to the widows around Jos in the camps, pray for the process of setting that up.
Last week of school for David’s kids before the school year is over! Pray that the kids will be able to finish strong, and the transition process to summer goes smoothly!
Pray for Rick as he begins classes at Multnomah, that he would be blessed and the ministry would also be blessed through his growth in knowledge of the Lord.
It is very hot in Maiduguri! Prayers for everyone for relief from the heat.
Comfort was able to share the training with 6 widows from a Baptist denomination. Some are widowed because of the Boko Haram, they all have between 2-4 kids. Prayer for them for their needs and ministry!
For safety in Maiduguri and Jos, the Muslim Salah celebration starts tomorrow, Boko Haram were saying in Maiduguri, they want to come into town to celebrate Salah. Pray for wisdom for the Christians to understand where they should go and how they should be watchful. Also in Jos there have been a number of threats circulating, prayer for peace.
Pray for Comfort’s daughter who will be finishing her degree in September!
They haven’t been able to run the training in Biu because the rains have come and people are farming, pray for an opportune time.
Peter started his classes today! Prayer for safety and wisdom as he continues to study for the next eight weeks.
Pray for Samuel, his father Tungong has a health challenge in his leg, a boil or a wound that has persisted, possibly cancer, pray for healing!
Prayer for wisdom as we continue to work on plans to help the latest trainees how to begin to apply what they just learned! Some of the trainees from the recent training have been calling and letting us know that they are applying their training, fixing generators and small engine.
Of 8 dental students, there were three that were fully certified, one was only qualified for silver nitrate, and as particularly devastated. Prayer that God will help him as he deals with his disappointment. For the I-FIX guys, four of them were from the same state, and they were talking about trying to set up a central office where they could share the tools and work together to fix generators and motorcycles! They’ll have logistical challenges in sharing the tools that they received. Adamu was able already to fix a generator in his area that has been broken for two years! Praise God
Yesterday the woman who leads the discipleship center called and said that the one man who was treated came to show appreciation for his treatment and gave his life to Christ.
Prayer for one dental student who is having a hard time figuring out where to put the dental chair for his ministry. It’s complicated culturally, he doesn’t want his current boss to think that he isn’t committed to his job.
Pray for wisdom for the retreat that they want to host for the FFICM trainees. Praying for the Lord to lead them to a time that they can do another training.
For continued prayers for peace in the region! May God have mercy on Cameroon!
Pray for Rich as he just landed in Ethiopia! He is scheduled to sign the MOU tomorrow, and is meeting with the deputy general secretary tomorrow.
Stacey’s older brother has prostate cancer return that went to his lungs. They’ll be doing new scans to make sure it hasn’t spread anywhere else. He’s a Christian and says he is experiencing peace, but pray for healing!
Our friend and partner Carl Palmer has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, prayer for healing and grace for him and his family.
We need some prayer for getting visas for our speakers for the conference, there are a lot of issues with the Nigerian consulate, running out of visa stickers etc. Pray that a) the New York office would be able to start working in a timely manner so we can get the visas by mail and b) if this isn’t going to work out that we would have wisdom to know when to move forward with other options (i.e. flying to Los Angeles or somewhere else).
Prayer for Dara’s family as they’re preparing for the memorial, especially for Janice, also for family members that are not Christian.
Pray for Asher, David’s son who is celebrating his 9th birthday, that he wins his baseball game tonight. Pray also for Ben who is struggling with his growth and some emotional issues.
The FFICM staff team went north for the training of the leaders, pastors and members of some of the discipleship centers that we are working with. Pictured below is a center where Sarah* (the leader) has some Muslim background believers, and the Maguzawa who are looking for a safe place to stay from their family or relatives who trying to kill them. This was a training which was meant to give them a basic understanding of evangelism and follow-up, and FFICM’s goals do as a ministry, and hopefully we will
*not her real name
The training started with 18 people in attendance (less than expected) because there had been a miscommunication and many participants did not know that they were supposed to come on Sunday before the program, so that we could begin on Monday morning. Some of these trainees came from Katsina, which is far from the training center, so they didn’t arrive until Monday evening.
This meant that on Tuesday we repeated the teaching of the gospel cards and the lessons we had covered the first day so that they could catch up. Sheik was also there on the second day, and he taught on how to preach to Muslims, and how to conduct follow-up with Muslim background believers.
After this, we went out for the field practicals, evangelizing in the local area, which the participants found fascinating and encouraging, as people responded very well to their sharing. One woman, a trainee, went and witnessed to three others and they all subsequently decided to come to the follow-up training.
A man named Ahamed came to the training ground with the intention of winning Christians to Islam, he had a list of questions that he uses to confuse Christians concerning God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the prophet Mohammad. He was then given all the answers by Yusuf who in turn challenged him about his faith and the basis of salvation in Islam; who they worship and why do they pray in the name of Mohammad which shows that Muslims pray to Mohammed, which is not consistent with their own criticism of Christianity. So this man he broke his fast (for Ramadan) right there and continued to stay there for the rest of the week and part of the following week to listen to the follow-up lessons. Unfortunately, he was not entirely there in good faith. He told us on Tuesday that his wife gave birth to twins on the Wednesday that he had given his life to Christ, and he wanted to go home for the naming ceremony. We gave him a little money for transportation, but he stole his roommate’s phone upon his departure, which leaves us unsure of his motives and the sincerity of his conversion.
But another man by the name of Muhammad also met with one of our group who preached to him—he told them that he was in a hurry and couldn’t stay, but he came back the next day to the center. As he listened to Yusuf teaching, he gave his life to Christ.
On Tuesday we also heard the testimonies of Pastor Kabiru and Mrs. Dahiru concerning their field practical experience. According to Mrs. Dahiru, she met her neighbor, a man with two women. She stood before them and started opening the gospel card and the three of them all stood and asked her what she was doing. She asked them if they wanted to know what she was doing. From there she started to share with them and they came to the class with her to learn more about Jesus, though they were Christians already. The same thing happened with Pastor Kabiru. When his daughter watched while he opened the card, he led her through the card. So on the second day, we had 60 people in attendance, even though some of them were already believers, they wanted to learn. We divided the participants into three groups for the field practice and we all went out joyfully. We were instructed not to enter Muslim houses to witness, for safety reasons, but we could safely witness to them on the road. One of the trainees brought a Muslim man to Sheik Yusuf and after he heard what Yusuf had to say, he gave his life to Christ.
On Wednesday, we collected the reports of the field practicals from the three groups. Group 1 witnessed to 15 people using the gospel card. Group 2 witnessed to 50 people. Group 3 witnessed to 45 people. Out of all this, 30 people prayed to receive Christ. Yet another Muslim man was directed to Sheik Yusuf and spoke with him. He came again the following day and he gave his life to Christ. His name is Muhammadu. After that, Sheik Yusuf and the CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) chairman Rev. John Audu went to visit another Muslim leader who had earlier invited them to come because he wanted to know more about Jesus. They went and many people gathered in the compound to listen to Yusuf as he taught them about who Jesus is, and how they can have salvation through Jesus. They went out again this day for field practicals and continued to preach. They preached to about 50 people. Eight of them gave their life to Christ, and they were able to conduct follow up with thirteen people in all.
On the last day of the training when the trainees were asked to give a testimony concerning what they had learned from the training, one of them, a pastor, said he had learned a lot from this training. It caused him to begin thinking about how when he gets a new convert, he usually bombards him with big, heavy theological words. Some people ended up with half knowledge or no understanding at all. But through this training he understood that we need to bring our conversation to a level where the new believer will be able to understand the basics of the Christian faith. Before, he used to just tell people to go to the church and they will be taught the doctrines and the important things, the do’s and don’ts of the church. He has learned that he needs to go and follow them up, not just tell them to go to church. Another person said that he has never gotten any training on how to witness to people or to follow them up. He has been going out for outreaches. He uses his Bible and he gives them what he would describe as head knowledge. Through the training he learned how to preach using the gospel card and outlining basic things that a nonChristian needs to understand. He has learned how to follow-up new believers also – not just preach and leave them there. He is willing and excited to go out and build up people so that they will be mature in their faith. David recorded part of his testimony on his phone.
During the strategic planning session, when one of the pastors was asked how many members he has in his church, he said about 250. Out of that about 90 of them are baptized. When asked how he many of his church members, based on the way they live their lives, have a genuine faith leading to salvation, he said only 15. Some of them exclaimed that this would be true only from a very linear perspective. We used this conversation to help explain to them that they need to assess the general need of their church and area, not just minister to unbelievers—many believers need to be followed up with so that their relationship with God will be genuine and will grow. All of the pastors lamented that they have the same situation in their own churches. One of the leaders also quickly responded that they have been longing for this kind of training, but they didn’t know how or who to contact. But with what they have heard and learned from us this week, they plan to immediately go and train 50 people. They have already requested materials for that. They have a witnessing group which goes out for preaching, but they don’t have any material to use. This has really opened their eyes about how they can be effective in their preaching and follow-up.
The training concluded at 12:30 and those traveling back to Katsina began traveling back at that time because it is a long journey for them. All of them are hoping that they will be invited to attend a further training soon. If possible they will want us to come to their areas to help them build up their members and also to refresh their memories on what we trained them to do. We also told them about other programs that FFICM will be doing like the MBB conference and the Maguzawa conference.They are willing to partner with us to put all that we have trained them into practice. We are also willing to help them put their faith into action, those from Katsina immediately went and wrote a proposal on how they will start implementing the training and they are going to train 50 people who are part of their team who will evangelize. We have already sent them the materials!
THE I-TEC TRAINING
The following week we continued with the training which we have organized in conjunction with a foreign organization (I-tec) which they came to train some members of the various discipleship centers that we are working with in basic skills such as dental work and small engine repair so that they will be accepted in their communities and can evangelize in their home areas. We had two people from Plateau State, two from Bauchi State, two from Kaduna, two from Katsina state (tsiga) area and two from Malumfanci area. Each of the discipleship centers that sent trainees are a part of the MBB conference that we are planning, as we are hoping to help all of the Muslim background believers to stay in their communities.
While the training was going on, sheik was busy teaching and witnessing to the Muslims around the community and some of those that come for dental treatment. Two Fulani who listen to the audio bibles (that were given to those we trained in the first week) came to gave their lives to Christ and they joined in with the group to be discipled. Some of the converts lived in the surrounding area; this made it easier as they were always able to come in the next day for the teaching. We had 8 new converts and over 15 Muslims that we preached to!
On Tuesday, he first day that people were to start coming to the clinic for the teeth extraction, the chief was among the first to be there as early as 10am, but he was asked to come back by 2pm as the students were not yet ready. He ended up being unable to come, but many others came and there were over 30 people whose teeth were either extracted, treated with silver nitrate, or cleaned.
On the graduation day, the I-tec leaders told the trainees when they gave them the dental equipment, that this equipment is given through FFICM on loan, so that they must not sell it if they don’t use it, but return it to be used elsewhere. Those that were certified were given either tool kits (for those that took the small engine repair classes) or dental chairs (for those that received dental training) so that they can now help their communities.
The General Secretary of New life for all visited us and saw what we were doing and was in agreement with us about the need to really use what these people are learning as best as we can. They are going to start a center or create a room in their communities where people can come for dental work or for small engine repair. They were told to be ready to be at the annual conference of the New Life For All in September and the Maguzawa conference, and they will also go with their tools to the outreach in Niger State –Bidda. He is willing to be using those trainings wherever they will be going for outreaches like in Bida, Niger State to help people in the villages.
The report of the training reached the government house and a government official called the leader of the center and told her that he was going to send his people on a bus to be treated. So she told them to come, and that we are ready and willing to treat them. But some of them were too afraid that they would be converted to Christianity, so only those with extreme dental pain came.
A student from the University of Zaria came with a badly swollen mouth. He said he had sometimes even punctured the swollen place so that pus could seep out. When he heard of what we were doing, he came and as the dentist was try to teach the students how and where to inject in this kind of situation, the wound opened and the “aroma of death” came out with a terrible odor. The student removed the spoiled tooth and the guy was able to open his mouth wide, which he could not do before and so he went back with his mouth wide open and thanking God.
In another situation a young girl had broken one of her front teeth had broke, and it had started decaying, she was not willing to remove the tooth since we could not replace it. Her husband had just divorced her, and she thought if we removed her tooth, who will be willing to marry her without it. We shared Christ with her and she prayed to received Christ as her Lord who can turn her situation into joy
Over 85 people were treated with tooth extraction, some had 1-4 teeth to be extracted, some were treated with silver nitrate to delay the decay and for some only the dirt on the teeth was cleaned.
We then traveled to Kano to relax that night and the next day then we departed after taking them to the airport, arriving in Jos by 5 pm.
DaraGod’s Mercy to the North ~ Peter’s Report on the FFICM/ITEC training
Praise God that the Nigeria team is now safely in Jos, praise God for safe travels and a successful program! Nearly every one of the trainees left certified in some skill. Some were able to learn more than others, so prayers for those who were disappointed that they didn’t do as well as their fellow students.
The ITEC team has also safely left the country! Praise God for the fruitful collaboration!
Please pray— Yesterday around Jos Jarawa, early in the morning, the corpse of a 20 year old boy was discovered, assumed murdered by neighboring Muslims. The youth from Jos Jarawa reacted and began forming a mob, security teams were called to the site and shot some of the youth and a number of them died, and houses were burned. Please pray for peace, there is a curfew from 6 pm-6 am.
Please pray for the families of our staff members! Peter’s family in particular only lives 1 km from the place that the deadly violence unfolded. Praise God they are ok, may God bring lasting and complete peace to Jos.
Continue prayers for Ruth’s mother, as she lost her husband last year in an attack and has been having to manage her life without him, prayers for grace, comfort, and strength! Prayers also for Ruth’s family, who had to manage without her this past week as she was ministering with the team up north!
Praise God Rick was able to leave the country after a comedy of errors. Someone at customs on his entry didn’t understand what “theologian” was, and put down “topologist”, necessitating a correction to the visa. After two months of waiting, he got his visa and passport back the day before his flight left. God is sovereign!
There are about 8 new converts from the program! Please pray for them, may God strengthen them and encourage them, and may they grow in the word of God, may God give us the opportunity to go back and follow up further with them!
David was very sick over the weekend, but recovered in time to preach on Sunday and is doing much better, praise God!
Water was a big challenge during the program they had to go by motorcycle to get water! It was a struggle to get enough drinking water, but God provided, we are thankful!
Comfort further update:
Praise God that we received the draft of the final MOU that Rich is to sign! Pray for the continued strengthening of this partnership!
Pray for continued wisdom and grace to the set-up for the July training of 200 university students!
Praise God that Comfort is safe, she is planning her outreach on Thursday! Prayer for grace for her as she ministers to widows today.
Prayer for Florence, Linda, Lily, and Pastor Yisa, and the 113 FFICM trainees in the country! May God give us wisdom as we try to set up a forum where we can keep in touch with them and encourage them while it is not safe for us to go and support them with additional training in person.
Prayers for peace in this country that has been so ravaged by war and the hatred of the enemy. May God work powerfully in people’s hearts to bring peace.
Rich leaves for his trip through Ethiopia and Nigeria on Sunday! He will be gone for three weeks. Prayers for grace for him in all the ministry that God will accomplish through him and through the brothers and sisters he will work with!
Praise God for the grace that he has given Rich and Dara’s family as they mourn the loss of Roy, prayer for recovered strength and encouragement.
Prayers for David’s family as he will be en route home for a couple more days!
Prayers for Rich’s daughter-in-law Joelle who is still recovering from labor and exhaustion related to having a new baby and being there a lot for Roy’s decline.
Prayer for Roman as he continues to evangelize and train church leaders to follow up with new believers throughout Eastern Europe!
Comfort asks for prayer for the villages of Lassa, Dille, and Tarpaya, that are all under attack by the Boko Haram, and no one is coming to their aid! Please pray for mercy for them. In her words, the situation for those vulnerable villages is this, “If you can run and escape good, if you cannot run away nothing has been said, no one knows anything or is doing anything to help…”
Praise God, Maiduguri is safe this week.
Comfort asks that we pray for a spirit of encouragement and endurance for Christians in the north, for many people are turning away to cultural religion or guns to try to protect themselves.
Pray for Comfort’s daughter, who is finishing her degree in September! Comfort is trying to set up a training in Biu, pray that the Lord anoints this effort, and provides safety for everyone.
Pray for the Firm Foundations Nigeria team, they are all in an area outside of Kano where there is very limited cell-service, Peter had to climb to the top of a nearby hill to give us an update! By his account, every thing is going very well, all the teams are there, including the ITEC team. The only complication is that most of the participants speak no English so they needed to find more translators. Three people have come to know Christ, two Fulani Muslims by listening to audio bibles that trainees were given, and one woman who came to ask for food and who ended up speaking to the former sheik who works with us. Pray for them as he is following up with all of them! It is also very hot, though they have been able to keep a generator running to power fans, there is of course no AC and the heat is unrelenting. Pray for grace for the teams.
Pray for Rick, he’s traveling, and is due in the US tomorrow. He was headed down to Lagos last we heard.
Peter is trying to develop a plan to reach Niger with some of the trainees in Northern Nigeria, please pray for this effort! The trainees from the north are really excited about the training that they have received thus far. they said that they’ve never had training or substantive material to help them evangelize, they’ve only had tracts.
That God will continue to have mercy on the ITEC team for dealing with the food and the heat. Tomorrow they are going to start practicing removing teeth from people. Pray that God will give them courage. Also pray for the new MBB converts. Yusuf is following up with them. Pray God will continue to use us all.
Pray for protection and comfort for the bereaved, Fulani Muslims killed a woman and a Christian Afizere boy at Jarawa bridge.
Pray for 113 FFICM trainees that Florence and Linda are working with!
Pray for Reverend Yisa, as he continues to try to figure out how to minister in Cameroon’s dangerous climate
Pray for Cameroon, for mercy from our Lord Jesus on them in this terrible war. May God protect the innocent and bring a miraculous and lasting peace.
Pray for Stacey’s brother, the initial biopsy from his lung was inconclusive and more doctors are taking a look at it; pray that the results are favorable for healing, and pray for patience and peace while he is waiting. He is a believer, praise God.
Pray for the Gardner family and the Schlesser family as Roy is now with Jesus, having fought a long battle at the end with Alzheimer’s. We praise God for his life, and for the legacy of hope, forgiveness, gentleness, love, and strength in daily friendship with Jesus, that he leaves with all of us.
Praise that the set-up for the training of the university students is still going well! Continue to pray for all the preparations that need to be made and that God will bless and work in the hearts of the trainees.
Praise God that Firm Foundations is working towards an MOU with the denomination we’ve been working with, Kale Heywet. Rich is planning on flying over in early June to sign it, pray for all those arrangements and our continued partnership with them!
Continue to pray for peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and for the borders to open!
Pray for believers in Eritrea, Open Doors posted that 141 Christians, mostly women, some men and children were arrested
“Love conquers, more than violence…the word of God is pushing us to love them, even though they are doing what is not right to us, we are compelled” (Peter Wash, Nigeria Director, Firm Foundations)
Christians in northern Nigeria (where Nigeria Director Peter Wash lives) suffer near-incessant massacres at the hands of both Fulani Muslim militants and the Boko Haram. However, most Christian communities remain committed to peace and to loving their Muslim neighbors whatever the cost. As Open Doors has documented, 70-88 percent of the victims in the “herder-farmer” conflicts are Christians. Most Christians do not retaliate. As Firm Foundations begins to work even more with Muslims in northern Nigeria, we decided to ask Peter how he can devote much of his life extending mercy to Muslims when just last year he lost his niece and her three children to a Fulani Muslim attack.
Peter told us, “I have a heart to reach them because they haven’t been given the privilege of listening to the gospel. They have been denied that privilege….if I were born in that community from childhood, how would I live my life?” This compassionate stance gives him a passion to give even the most hardened enemies of his community and faith the chance to hear the truth about who Jesus is and what His followers believe, and use every opportunity to show them Jesus’ love.
When I asked him about the losses he had suffered personally, he acknowledged that it hasn’t always been easy. Once, Fulani Muslims attacked Peter’s home village the day he left to share about Jesus in a Fulani Muslim village in Gombe. They took two hundred people away, including Peter’s brother and cousins. He said, “That was really devastating. They [the Fulani from Gombe] went and called the chief. Unless the chief answered me, I wouldn’t be allowed to speak anything to them. As I was sitting down quietly waiting for the chief, I was just imagining, these are the people that went and killed my brother. I felt in my heart, ‘Why can’t God just send fire to consume them?’” But then Peter thought, “If I do that, they will all die as sinners…if I bring hell-fire on them, I judge rightly, but this is not what will bring peace. I have to preach the good news of love.”
Peter then said, “I talked to the chief, even though none of them received Christ, they told him that they have benefitted a lot [from Christianity] and none of them would touch me, it would safe for me to go there now.” When he talked with them more he discovered that the local Christian who was hosting him, paid for a Muslim to go to a hospital and be treated for their illness every year at Christmas and Easter, so they know what Christian love is, in that area.
“Islam has been struggling to overcome other religions through violence…but Christianity has been passing through much persecution and it is still here, even in places like Egypt, Tunisia…yet, it still survives. Love conquers, more than violence. They [the Muslims] were brought up to react anyhow to Christians, to insult, to abuse…immediately they will fight or kill. It is because they don’t really know God, and they don’t have the Holy Spirit who controls their temperament. In Islam, they still practice an eye for an eye, if somebody did something to you, you can have revenge….if they understood Christianity, and believed in God, a lot of the crisis would be stopped. The attitude we have here, is that the word of God is pushing us to love them, even though they are doing what is not right to us, we are compelled.”
DaraUnderstanding Christian love in the midst of Nigeria’s ethnic cleansing
Please continue to pray for peace for the country between the English speaking region and the French speaking region, that God would change the hearts of those in power.
Please continue to pray for healing for Florence and also for her husband!
Pray for the young evangelists in Mbingo and the new believers that Florence is ministering to.
The small office car broke down while Peter and David were on the way from Abuja, but they were able to get it back on the road again! Praise God for protecting and providing for them. Pray that God helps Peter as he attempts to sell the car and replace it.
Pray that the printers in the office will begin working! We need to be able to reliably print materials. One of the computers is also malfunctioning. In addition, they are having trouble with the internet at the office, pray that all technical difficulties are resolved as the enemy tries to prevent our trainings by any means possible!
We’re working on a memorandum of understanding with one of the larger denominations in Nigeria, COCIN (church of Christ in Nigeria), pray that this all goes smoothly!
Comfort reports on the 11th, 4 men were killed and 7 women kidnapped in the north, please pray for the families of the bereaved and the safe return of the kidnapped women. One of Comfort’s friends in ministry, Falmata, has also lost her father, please pray for her!
Pray about Rick’s situation, he wasn’t able to leave before his visa expired, so he needs to figure out how to get out! Pray God is with him and causes this to go smoothly.
Pray that Peter’s visa application goes through! We would like to fly him to the US this fall to meet people and coordinate efforts more closely with our US office.
Some of the people for our Kano training this week couldn’t make it in time to the training, because they were trying to travel from Katsina, and it was difficult. Pray for safety as they are still en route and for the trainers currently in Kano that God gives them wisdom and grace as they adjust.
The former sheik is having some difficulty coming to the training, pray for travel mercies and additional strength for the other trainers.
There was some confusion about the timing of the ITEC training locally, and some of the ITEC trainees have come early. Pray for the kinks to be worked out and clarity in communication.
Pray for our goal of having 500 new Muslim believers by the end of the year!
Pray for Rich’s trip to Ethiopia in June to sign an MOU with Kale Heywet and check on the churches we are currently partnering with. There are a lot of details we still need to work out!
Praise God for all the funding that has gone through for the student training!
Pray for enduring peace for the country, and peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea!
Please continue to pray for our Eritrean trainees as we do not know how they are, but we know they are in constant danger.
Pray for us as we follow up with people from the fundraiser! We are hoping that God will prompt the right people to volunteer with us.
Pray for Dara’s mother-in-law, she has been having fevers every week since November and is having difficulty getting the insurance to pay for her testing. Pray for healing for her!
Pray for David’s family while he is away, for mercy and for energy for his wife Denise and comfort for his family as David is missing Mother’s Day and his daughter Hannah’s birthday.
Please pray for Roman as he continues to train and travel!
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous[….]Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-45, 48 (NIV)
While Rich, Peter, and the FFICM team were training in Northern Nigeria on this last trip, they spent three hours listening to the stories of Muslim background believers about their experiences, in order to better understand how to support them and reach out to others like them. One MBB had just received Christ 2 weeks ago and was being followed up by someone that we trained. He looked scared as he spoke; many MBBs in the area are beaten and threatened with death. He said that what drew him to Christ was watching the life of his friend in the village, he was confused and deeply impacted by the fact that this man was kind to even strangers and enemies. So one day, he asked his friend why he did this. The man answered him, “it is because of my Christian faith”. The former Muslim believer said that this caused him to believe in his heart that Christianity was better than Islam, and he believed in Jesus.
We praise God for the hearts of fellow Christians like this man’s friend, filled with the Spirit of our heavenly Father, loving enemies and strangers. May God grant us each the grace to love those around us like this man, that they may know the depth of the Father’s love for them and no longer be strangers or enemies, but brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus!
This next week FFICM starts their training for Muslim background believers in Kano! There are 60 people registered. We have four staff members who will be up there running the training, please pray for safety in travel, and prayer for the trainees who will be there that the Holy Spirit prepares their hearts.
ITEC training starts the week after! Prayer for David, the additional members of the Nigeria team, and ITEC as they all travel!
Last week Thursday and Friday there were attacks around Miango, pray for peace, pray for comfort for those who lost people. The Muslim Fulani are stopping people on motorcycles and killing them sporadically. Pray that God supernaturally puts a stop to these horrific murders immediately.
The government has now banned the use of motorcycles in 8 northwestern states because the Boko Haram and Fulani Muslims are using them so frequently in attacks, pray that this is effective!
Sam’s son is healing well, praise God! He still need the stitches to be taken out, continue to pray for health for all his family!
Pray for one MBB convert from Azare, the former sheik went to see him last week Wednesday—they had a good time talking about his life and the Christian faith. The man gave his life to Christ and has been attending church, but needs somebody to continue to follow up with him and build him up in his faith.
Muslims have started fasting in the north, so new MBBs are in a tough spot as their families might find out that they’re Christians, or they might feel uncomfortable not fasting in front of their families.
An elderly Fulani man gave his life to Christ this past week, praise God!
Materials for the next trainings are getting printed, and they look good, with typos and printing issues resolved, thank the Lord!
In Maiduguri, inside the town is relatively safe currently, but only three days ago, there were three suicide bombers. God prevented many casualties, but people were still killed, pray for their families. Muslims also killed 26 people in a village outside Maiduguri. Pray for peace and protection!
The weather is harsh right now in Maiduguri, pray for relief for Comfort and her church members from the heat, it is between 108-111 degrees.
One of the young ladies Comfort trained in Lagos is already training others! More people in Lagos are calling us to come down and train them in June/July, or August. Pray for wisdom as we consider their request!
Please continue to pray for Florence and her family, Pastor Yisa, and especially Mbingo as they continue to face hardship!
Please pray for peace in the country!
Praise God that we are almost completely set up for the program with the 200 university students this summer! God was gracious and provided all funding.
Please pray for continued peace!
Thank God for his miraculous response to our prayers! We have all our funding covered for the year and are still in shock praising God. We felt like our goal was too big, and God showed us our goal was too small!
Praise God for Joelle’s baby! Avalei Hope Abus Rhodes is healthy and the birth was very smooth! Pray for continued healing for Joelle as she recovers.
Continue to pray for security in the country, they are experiencing relative peace in Jos!
Tomorrow Comfort should be in Jos for the annual conference, she is currently traveling; pray for journey mercies for her.
Pray for open doors, more and more people are knowing what we do! An ECWA brigade in Jos is having a camp, and they want Peter to go and share with them what we do and how they can get involved. Let’s pray that will result in a meaningful partnership!
Our team was supposed to hold a training in Wukari territory next week, but the local overseer, (the organizer of the training) called on Saturday to tell them that there have been crises around the town. Pray God will bring peace in that area, especially in Taraba state, they are still having pockets of crisis here and there.
Nuhu Dauda came back today from an operation on his eyes in Lagos, the operation was successful. Thank God for healing for him!
Peter’s daughter Greta is still waiting for word on her entrance to university—prayer that she gets in soon!
Thank God for the success of the surgery for Sam’s baby Josiah! However, the wound from the surgery developed a problem, an infection. The doctor has them going to the hospital daily for dressing until the wound is permanently healed.
Tomorrow the Nigeria group starts a training in Emmaus which promises to be a full training—pray for the Nigeria team!
Continue to pray for peace for Cameroon!
Eskendir is still working with Rich on getting the training for the university students organized, pray for wisdom and grace!
The country is still ok, peace-wise, everything is ok in Addis, but we haven’t heard anything from the surrounding areas, pray for protection!
Some positive things going on between Eritrea and Ethiopia, politically, pray for peace!
Pray for provision for Eskendir’s finances and provision for his family!
Eskendir’s church needs a new location, they had been renting space and now the space is going to be sold!
We’re working on details to go there in early June and sign an MOU to work with their denomination, pray that this all goes smoothly!
The upcoming fundraiser! We’re slowly getting in RSVP numbers, but have a lot of calls to do as far as confirming people coming, and plans and preparation.
Pray for upcoming ITEC trip to Nigeria, for ITEC’s own preparation, and David and possibly Julio going as well! Julio may also want to go to the fall conferences.
Continue to pray for David as he continues to trust God for his finances, pray that God will provide more monthly donors.
Prayer for David and Denise’s son Ben, as he is having a hard time with the fact that he may have to go to a different school better equipped to deal with his learning needs.
Praise that Dara’s family is well after months of illness!
Praise that Stacey’s ear has been suddenly healed the day after our prayer call!
Here are some of the written reflections from trainees from recent trainings!
“I must wake up to be more serious about having my quiet time alone with God”
“I want to put to death my sins, rather than “putting them in prison.”
“Prayer will give me boldness to witness.”
“I must approach the new believer without using big terms or theological language.”
“I now know how I can teach my [church] members how to follow Jesus in specific ways, and reach the lost around them.”
“I now know how to not be a stagnant minister but rather a missionary minister.”
” [this training] helped me develop more love for the newly converted.”
“this training deepened my understanding of who God is, and what it means to have an personal relationship with Him.”
” I have never shared Jesus with the children in the campus, but now I can do that and even arrange to follow up with them.”
Thank you to all our supporters and prayer warriors for being such a crucial part of God’s work to strengthen His ministers to reach out to the lost and serve our newest brothers and sisters in Christ!
Dara“I never knew that the Holy Spirit was with me”
The date for the surgery for Samuel’s little boy, Josiah, keeps getting changed, it is now supposed to be the 17th of April. Samuel is going to talk to the doctor to make sure they are being upfront with him about all of the medical information, pray for grace and truth!
Peter and Rick are running a shortened training for the Forum for Nigerian Evangelists, pray for their trainees! They have about 12.
We are still getting good feedback from the training at Gindiri—the Nigerian denomination, COCIN, is enthusiastic about their partnership with us as a result. We are working out an MOU with them!
Security in Maiduguri is better this week, there was a bomb around the road in Maiduguri it was discovered, praise God!
A lot of Christian girls in Maiduguri are becoming Muslim; for some of them, their parents cannot afford their school, or their food. Most of them are farmers who have been displaced by the constant attacks on farming communities and have no way to provide for themselves. The government sends aid but there are Muslims in government and they divert the aid. The Christians in gov’t are too afraid to talk. Pray for justice for the people and protection from the enemy and mercy for the Christian girls of Maiduguri.
Pray for Comfort’s daughters’ exams, they are coming up soon!
Pray for Peter’s daughter, Greta, who has been trying to get into university for the past 2 years! She is struggling and trusting God, but she is facing discouragement. May the Lord comfort and strengthen her and grant her the university entrance she so earnestly desires!
The former sheik needs transportation to do his ministry effectively, pray for funds and wisdom for a small reliable vehicle.
Pray for former sheik and Ishaku, they traveled to Bauchi to witness to the people there, left the office this morning!
There is a training next week across the Benue River, the team leaves Saturday morning!
Pray for the military man that Peter led to the Lord last week!
David is going to be preaching on Sunday at Midvalley Church in Cashmere, WA. Pray that he will be able to share a meaningful palm Sunday message, and many will catch the vision for the work!
Pray for Rich, he’s going to be on the Christian radio on Friday, that God would give him the right words!
Prayer for wisdom with finances for the ministry! There are many opportunities and we cannot afford to take hold of them all. Pray God directs us to the ones He has ordained.
Praise God, Dara’s family is all well this week. Odette is recovering from an ear infection which flared up last week, but is now free of fever.
Still working on the training of the students, about 250, we need to raise over $10,000. We might not be able to pay for everyone to come! Pray for wisdom and grace, and provision.
It is still very dangerous in Mbingo! Pray for safety for Florence and her husband, and all in Mbingo, and mercy for everyone, that the violence would end.
Hilda is okay, she is in Bamenda, which is safe, praise God.
There have been terrible killings around the Belo area, pray for protection.
Rich asked Pastor Yisa if he should come to Mbingo, and he said he wouldn’t advise it. Pray for wisdom for Rich, and for direction for us ass we seek to support our embattled Cameroonian brothers and sisters in their fight against the forces of darkness.