Susanna Ballard

Praise and Prayer ~ April 5, 2021

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, 

Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! We praise God for his goodness and provision, and we humbly bring our requests before Him. Below you will find a prayer guide to support you as you accompany us in prayer and worship this week. May God bless your time in the quiet place with hope and peace.  

Nigeria:

  • Prayers for Ongoing Ministry: 
    • Radio and TV — Please continue to pray for the ongoing TV/Radio ministry in Nigeria. They plan to record the next 13 TV episodes on Friday and Saturday this week.
    • New Office update — The team has moved into their new office! Praise God! The meter for electricity has yet to be transitioned from the former office (this process can take weeks to rectify). Without the electricity, there are no lights in the office. Peter will be procuring a generator as a temporary solution. 
    • This week Sam and Ishaku are training 70-80 leaders from CAN (Christian Association of Africa). Pray that the training goes well and that the people trained will be able to apply what they learn right away.
    • Theological College of Northern Nigeria has requested a training for 100 seminary students. The Nigerian team will respond to the invitation next week. Praise God for an ever increasing interest in new believer follow-up training! 
  • Prayers for Future Events: 
    • The 70 former drug addicts who gave their lives to Jesus, but need follow-up ministry. It’s a challenge to arrange meetings with them since many are homeless and hard to reach. The follow-up from their initial connection with the gospel has been over a month. Please pray that they would remember the promise of follow-up and return for ongoing support from FFICM.  
    • The MBB (Muslim Background Believers) conference preparations which will be held in April. Pray for wisdom on which speakers to invite. Praise God for the unity established among the diverse Christian organizations which are collaborating to bring about this important conference! The conference will be held in mid-April in Nigeria. We expect at least 1,000 to attend.
    • The “True Gospel Conference” that will be held in Jalingo, Nigeria in late April. Preparations are coming together, and we need God’s wisdom as we continue to get things ready. Pray for more people to sign up! We have capacity for at least 1000 and only 500 have signed up. The local ministry leaders will be working to increase attendance. One of our ministry partners from eastern Europe, Roman Baronowski, will be flying to join the conference! 
      • Rich is at risk for being kidnapped during his 9 hour drive to the conference. Pray for him as he drives. There is significant danger so please pray for God’s protection. 
  • Prayer for our Ministry Partners: 
    • Baba, the primary organizer of the HBB conference, has been seriously sick, almost paralyzed. He has been admitted to the hospital. Please pray for his healing! He wants to attend the MBB conference. Pray that he is well enough to attend the MBB conference later this month. 
    • Prisca will be getting her COVID vaccine tomorrow! Praise God! She’s also celebrating her 18 year wedding anniversary this week. 
    • Pray for Zainab’s health. She has been sick and needs healing. She doesn’t have enough money to go to the health clinic. She has also been trying to help family members without taking care of her own health. She needs help finding out why she’s sick. 

Ethiopia:

  • Prayers for safety and health:
    • COVID recovery: 
      • Eskinder and his family are still recovering from COVID-19. Praise God that they are getting better. 
      • Belay, a friend and colleague of Eskinder who has helped with many of our FFICM training events in Ethiopia, now has COVID. He is hospitalized and is on oxygen. 
      • Keleme, a leader of the church denomination’s Missions Department, is sick with COVID. He was also hospitalized. 
    • Pray for peace and security in the nation of Ethiopia. There is a party election coming up on June 5, 2021. There are 107 parties in Ethiopia and the winning party will elect the Prime Minister. There have been rumors of wars with neighboring countries.
  • Update from The Mega-Conference: 
    • Praise God for the completion of the mega-conference (a week ago) in Southern Ethiopia! The estimated attendance was around 10,000. The conference speakers focused on strengthening the church with a vision of the true gospel. We are striving to give the people a ‘firm foundation’ in Christ so that they do not fall away from their faith as has been happening.
    • Praise for safe travel back to the US from Ethiopia for Rich Gardner, Michael Jen, Mike Parker and Kate Thomas. They all tested negative for COVID upon their return to the US. 
  • Strategic Development: 
    • Tesfye started full-time with Eskinder on April 1! Praise God! Eskinder and Tesfye have had to share office space with one other church staff member in one small room. Please pray that the church denomination headquarters (EKHC) would be able to provide a different space for the other person or a bigger space for the three of them. Tesfye is starting English school next week. Pray for this important learning opportunity. 
    • Please continue to pray for the vehicle search in Ethiopia. We have had  a difficult time finding a good used vehicle due to limited supply nationally. Pray for wisdom and direction for the team. 
  • Programs and Materials Development: 
    • Eskandir and Tesfye and Fekadu (a leader recently trained by Rich and Eskinder) will be training 30-40 church leaders and evangelists! Praise God! Pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and guidance as they teach using FFICM’s Follow-up Booklet. Those 30-40 church leaders will then return to their churches and offer the FFICM Follow-up training using 300 Follow-up Booklets. Praise God for the exponential growth in new believer follow-up made possible by the excellent training and the simple, reproducible lessons contained in the material.  
    • The 113 people who were trained in March have requested 1000 Follow-Up Booklets in the Oromo language! The trainees returned to their local churches and want to host FFICM training events. They need follow-up books for this purpose. 

USA:

  • Prayer for our Ministry Partners: 
    • Please continue to pray for healing for our former staff members Dara and Mercy. Dara continues to have threatening anaphylactic responses to a wide array of allergens. Pray for Dara’s breathing which is constantly labored. Dara should receive a Xiolar shot on Thursday. Pray for wisdom for Dara’s family as they seek direction regarding financial provision. Mercy just received a diagnosis of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, an incurable disease which is incredibly debilitating. Pray for Mercy as she visits her doctors 3-4 times a week.    
    • Pray for the family of Stacey Lloyd, our Director of Multimedia. His brother is in hospice and the family is praying for wisdom and comfort as they manage the challenges of the transition at this time. 
    • Pray for mercy for David and Denise and their son, Ben (a.k.a. Andrew). Andrew continues to struggle with making poor choices which has been very hard for all of them. Pray for wisdom, guidance, hope and healing. 
  • Pray for Materials Development: 
    • Praise God we received full funding for 200 solar powered Audio Bible Players! 100 were distributed at the HBB conference (March) and 100 will be given out at the MBB conference (April). The people who received them are extremely grateful! Continue to pray for the impact of these devices. 
    • We are exploring options for 3D printing Audio Bible Players, which cost as little as $15/each (instead of $50/each)! Pray for wisdom as we explore this new possibility as well.
    • Pray for wisdom as we prepare and revise versions of our new believer follow-up materials in several different languages.
  • Pray for Strategic Development: 
    • Continue to pray for wisdom as we prepare to hire a Communications Coordinator and Development Director for FFICM here in the US. May God direct FFICM’s hiring team with hope and insight as we seek to grow our organization to keep up with the profound global impact of our partners in ministry. 
    • Pray for wisdom as we continue to prepare for the upcoming FFICM Spring Fundraiser on Saturday May 22 at 4pm (Pacific Time). www.fficm.org/spring2021 The theme is: Oaks of Righteousness. We will be sharing about the impact of the three conferences in Nigeria and the mega-conference in Ethiopia this Spring as well as all the trainings that have been happening as well as sharing about plans for this Summer and Fall. We will hear video testimony from our staff overseas as well as reports from our US staff. We are praying that God will provide at least $48,000 through the event, including at least 20 new monthly donors and that we will get at least 30 new prayer letter sign-ups.
    • Pray for the ongoing work of the Website Update Team that is continuing to work on fixing some issues with www.fficm.org and working to make it more useful and easy to navigate for our partners. We have several ongoing issues that are perplexing us that we are trying to fix.
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ April 5, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ March 30, 2021

(Photo Credit: Kate Thomas, a speaker at the Ethiopian Mega Conference with a Cameroonian trainer.)

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, 

In our prayer time during Holy Week, we remember Jesus’ vulnerable humility and his courageous obedience in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus’ spoke to the Father of his weakness, his fatigue, his fears. In the same moment, he faithfully surrendered to the Father’s guidance and will. Jesus invited his closest friends to “keep watch” with him as he surrendered his own will and sought the Father’s.

As we pray together over the ministry of FFICM this week, we hear Jesus’ plea for us to ‘keep watch,’ to vulnerably confess our struggles, and to surrender with obedience to God’s will. Let us come before our Father, confessing the weight of the crosses we bear, with faith that as we surrender, God will supply for us too what we need for obedience.

Below you will find a prayer guide to support you as you accompany us in prayer and worship this week. May God bless your time in the quiet place with hope and peace.  

Nigeria:

  • Prayer for Ongoing Ministry: 
    • Please continue to pray for the ongoing TV/Radio ministry in Nigeria. They plan to record the next 13 TV episodes in April.
    • Praise: This past week the Nigeria team did a new believer follow-up training event for 130 pastors and leaders from the COCIN church denomination in Jos, Nigeria.  Continue to pray for those who attended the training as they apply what they learned. The board members of FFICM-Africa in Nigeria attended the training in order to better understand and share about the ministry. 
    • The Nigeria team is getting closer to being able to move into their new rental office. They have meetings this week with the agent. Pray for wisdom as they prepare for this transition that will give them much more greatly needed space.
  • Prayer for Future Events: 
    • The event that was scheduled for this week to train former drug addicts has been moved to next week. The former addicts have asked our team for training in how to follow-up with other new believers who are coming from a background of drug addiction. The program will be aimed at the 70 people who gave their lives to Jesus during a previous training. Peter Wash, the National Director, and Priscilla will lead this training in Kaduna state. They will also offer strategies and teaching on maintaining sobriety.  
    • Continue to pray for the MBB (Muslim Background Believers) conference preparations which will be held in April. Pray for wisdom on which speakers to invite. Praise God for the unity established among the diverse Christian organizations which are collaborating to bring about this important conference! The conference will be held in mid-April in Nigeria. We expect at least 1,000 to attend.
    • Pray also for the “True Gospel Conference” that will be held in Jalingo, Nigeria in late April. Preparations are coming together, and we need God’s wisdom as we continue to get things ready.
    • Pray for wisdom as FFICM Africa in Nigeria is they are working to build their capacity to do fundraising in Nigeria. We have a philanthropy consultant that is going to be working with them to help them with developing a plan and strategy for doing this more effectively.
  • Prayer for Ongoing Education: 
    • Pray for Valentine this week as he completes his final exams for a Masters in Computer Application. Valentine serves FFICM-Africa as the Director of Operations. Pray for him as he begins working on his thesis in educational technology. He will be focusing on the topic of secondary students learning photography as a part of curriculum in Plato State. 
    • Peter completed his application forms for D.Min. program at Multnomah University. Peter will graduate with his Master’s in Missions and Evangelism program in May. Praise God for Peter’s diligence, commitment to learning, and openness to continue this long journey towards the top degree in his field. In Nigeria, the significance of terminal degrees grants leaders exceptional, unparalleled influence. We are grateful for Peter’s eager willingness to pursue this advanced degree as it will open new avenues for preaching and teaching the Gospel. 
    • Pray for Priscilla’s son, Joseph Praise, who is working to complete his school exams. He recently graduated from high school. 
  • Prayer for our Ministry Partners: 
    • Pray for Comfort:
      • Comfort is an FFICM trainer located in Maidugri, a city in northern Nigeria and home to the Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization. 
      • Pray for safety for the people. The kidnapping and killing of people on the roads continues and everyone is still very afraid. More detailed information about the history and violent impact of Boko Haram can be accessed easily on Wikipedia.  
    • Pray for Zainab: 
      • Pray for Zainab’s health. She thinks she may have Malaria and needs healing. 
      • 8 new students joined Zainab’s Baking School and will study with her for 3-6 months. Praise God! Before teaching the baking skills each day, Zainab leads his students through FFICM’s follow-up materials and how to use the gospel card. 
      • This past weekend, Zainab hosted a free baking class at a local village community for 40 adults and 22 children. She provided free food and drink, surprising and blessing all the villagers. Before teaching the skills, she led everyone through the follow-up lesson on assurance of salvation.
    • Pray for Sam: 
      • Sam has been having challenges with his landlord who continues to increase his rent and won’t do needed repairs to the house. This has been an ongoing challenge for Sam. Pray for wisdom for Sam as he deals with his landlord and tries to save money so that he can buy his own land and build a house.
    • Pray for Rick Cordell:
      • Rick’s flight from Abuja to His was cancelled today by the airline. He will need to travel several hours by road instead of taking the 30 min flight. Pray for safety on the road as there have been many kidnappings and robberies along the roads in Nigeria lately.
      • Praise God for the good training that Rick just finished in Abuja and the doors of opportunity that God has opened for him for the future there with Christian leaders.

Ethiopia:

  • Prayers for safety and health:
    • Pray for Eskinder, our National Director in Ethiopia, who is recovering from COVID-19. He was really really struggling and is still very tired and weak. Pray for his entire family since his wife and daughter are still very sick. He was not able to attend the mega-conference. Pray for comfort from the Holy Spirit and assurance that nothing surprises our God who is able to do far more than we imagine in and through our weakness. 
    • Pray for Belay, a friend and colleague of Eskinder who has helped with many of our FFICM training events in Ethiopia, now has COVID. Pray for Keleme, a leader of the church denomination’s Missions Department, who is also sick. 
    • Pray for peace and security in the nation of Ethiopia. There is a party election coming up. There are 107 parties in Ethiopia and the winning party will elect the Prime Minister. There have been rumors of wars with neighboring countries.
  • Update from the Mega-Conference
    • Praise God for the completion of the mega-conference (last Thursday-Saturday) in Southern Ethiopia! The estimated attendance was around 10,000. The conference speakers focused on strengthening the church with a vision of the true gospel. We are striving to give the people a ‘firm foundation’ in Christ so that they do not fall away from their faith as has been happening.
    • The spread of COVID is increasing in Ethiopia so the Ethiopian Government closed ALL meetings and gatherings of more than 50 people starting on Monday March 28th, the day after the conference finished. Praise God that the conference finished in time!
    • Praise God for the teachers and musicians! Everyone attending was greatly blessed.  
    • Pray for safe travel back from Ethiopia for Rich Gardner, Michael Jen, Mike Parker and Kate Thomas. They got their COVID test today, and should have the results by tomorrow so that they can travel back to the US on Wednesday. 
    • Many of the leaders became sick during the conference, but everyone was able to accomplish their task. Rich caught a cold, Tesfye had stomach problems, and the Ethiopian translator, Tedesse (who graduated from the FFICM follow-up training) felt sick too. The power of God was able to sustain them as they preached the true gospel! 
  • Prayer for Strategic Development: 
    • Starting April 1st, Tesfye will complete his transitions out of his previous position with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) and will be fully in his role with FFICM as of April 1.
    • Please continue to pray for the vehicle search in Ethiopia. Unfortunately we’ve come up against more challenges towards finding a vehicle. The Ethiopian government halted all imports of used vehicles and is only allowing new vehicles to be imported. This means that the price of used vehicles will only increase. Pray for wisdom and direction for the team. Until we find a vehicle, the team has been renting one to do the essential work of the ministry. 
  • Prayer for Programs and Materials Development: 
    • Praise God for the re-printing of 10,000 copies of the FFICM Follow-up booklet in Amharic! These were delayed several weeks but have finally been finished. Praise God that there are so many new believers who will be equipped with this essential training and materials for starting their life with Jesus strong.  
    • Pray for the continuing preparations for the training in new believer follow-up in Sudan that our staff in Ethiopia are planning. Due to COVID lock-down in Sudan, it looks like we will need to wait for some time to do the training there. We trust that God will open the doors in His timing. The believers there are very much looking forward to being trained.

USA:

  • Pray for Materials Development: 
    • Please continue to pray for the next $5,000 needed to cover the second 100 solar powered audio Bible players for Nigeria! (So far we have about $1,000 of the needed $5,000.) We are grateful for the $5,000 we got last month which provided 100 solar audio bibles for Nigeria ($50/each) and the people who received them are so very grateful!
    • Pray for wisdom as we prepare and revise versions of our new believer follow-up materials in several different languages.
  • Pray for Strategic Development: 
    • Continue to pray for wisdom as we prepare to hire a Communications Coordinator and Development Director for FFICM here in the US. May God direct FFICM’s hiring team with hope and insight as we seek to grow our organization to keep up with the profound global impact of our partners in ministry. 
    • Pray for wisdom as we continue to prepare for the upcoming FFICM Spring Fundraiser on Saturday May 22. www.fficm.org/spring2021 The theme is: Oaks of Righteousness. We will be sharing about the impact of the three conferences in Nigeria and the mega-conference in Ethiopia this Spring as well as all the trainings that have been happening as well as sharing about plans for this Summer and Fall. We will hear video testimony from our staff overseas as well as reports from our US staff. We are praying that God will provide at least $48,000 through the event, including at least 20 new monthly donors and that we will get at least 30 new prayer letter sign-ups.
    • Pray for the ongoing work of the Website Update Team that is continuing to work on fixing some issues with www.fficm.org and working to make it more useful and easy to navigate for our partners.
  • Prayer for our Ministry Partners: 
    • Please continue to pray for healing for our former staff members Dara and Mercy. Dara continues to have threatening anaphylactic responses to a wide array of allergens. Pray for Dara’s breathing which is constantly labored. Dara should receive a Xiolar shot on Thursday. Pray for wisdom for Dara’s family as they seek direction regarding financial provision. Mercy just received a diagnosis of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Pray for Mercy as she visits her doctors 3-4 times a week.    
    • Pray for the family of Stacey Lloyd, our Director of Multimedia. His brother is in hospice and the family is praying for wisdom and comfort as they manage the challenges of the transition at this time. 
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ March 30, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ March 24, 2021

(Photo credit: Rich Gardner, posted to Facebook on March 14th, 2021, “About 100 received Christ today. They were followed up by FFICM staff in the evening. 1,500-2,000 are attending the conference despite the 100 degree weather.”)

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, 

Thank you for sharing in our joy this week as we celebrate the first of four major conferences planned for this spring! Join with us in praying for the conference, for Rich’s safety during this event, and for God’s Spirit to empower the believers with greater zeal, hope and faith. Your partnership in prayer sustains the work of the ministry, opens doors for transformational encounters with Jesus and closes doors to attacks from the enemy. We need you and are deeply grateful for your collaboration!

Below you will find a prayer guide to support you as you accompany us in pray and worship this week. May God bless your time in the quite place with hope and peace.  

Nigeria:

  • The HBB Conference was last week. It was an amazing conference attended by over 1,500. We praise God for the amazing fruit!
    • Praise: God protected all the conference participants! Many were concerned that the dangers of kidnapping would be too great for Rich to attend. Even during the conference, the kidnappings continued so the fears were quite legitimate. God protected Rich and we are grateful! 
    • Praise God for the impact from this event! Thank you for the audio bible players which were distributed! Thank you God for the many, many participants who recommitted to following Jesus with boldness and faithfulness. Pray for wisdom for ongoing follow-up from this conference. Pray for courage and zeal among the Church in Nigeria.  
    • Pray for grace and peace for the FFICM-Africa team in Nigeria. The work of the ministry is exhausting and the opportunities for future ministry keep on growing. Pray for wisdom on when to rest and when to work.   
  • Praise: The FFICM-Africa team in Nigeria did a new believer follow-up training event last week at Gindri Theological Seminary for 120 students. Thank you Jesus for the Seminary’s commitment to new believer follow-up! The Seminary requires all of its students to complete FFICM’s training as a graduation requirement. 
  • Please continue to pray for the ongoing TV/Radio ministry in Nigeria. They plan to record the next 13 TV episodes in April.
  • This week the Nigeria team is doing a new believer follow-up training event for 130 pastors and leaders from the COCIN church denomination in Jos, Nigeria.  Continue to pray for this training throughout this week. Pray for Peter, Rick, Isaku, and Samwel as they lead the training. The board members of FFICM-Africa in Nigeria are attending the training in order to better understand and share about the ministry. Pray that their participation this week would bring the team into greater unity and shared vision for FFICM-Africa in Nigeria. 
  • Pray for the preparations for a training next week for former drug addicts on how to follow-up new believer. The program will be aimed at the 70 people who gave their lives to Jesus during a previous training. Peter Wash, the National Director, and Priscilla will lead this training in Kaduna state. They will also offer strategies and teaching on maintaining sobriety.  
  • Pray for the MBB (Muslim Background Believers) conference preparations. Pray for wisdom on which speakers to invite. Praise God for the unity established among the diverse Christian organizations which are collaborating to bring about this important conference! 
  • Pray for Valentine this week as he completes his final exams for a Masters in Computer Application. Valentine serves FFICM-Africa as the Director of Operations. 
  • Praise: Peter completed his application forms for D.Min. program at Multnomah University. Peter will graduate with his Master’s in Missions and Evangelism program in May. Praise God for Peter’s diligence, commitment to learning, and openness to continue this long journey towards the top degree in his field. In Nigeria, the significance of terminal degrees grants leaders exceptional, unparalleled influence. We are grateful for Peter’s eager willingness to pursue this advanced degree as it will open new avenues for preaching and teaching the Gospel. 
  • Report from Comfort, an FFICM trainer located in Maidugri, a city in northern Nigeria and home to the Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization: 
    • Pray for safety for the people. The kidnapping and killing of people on the roads continues and everyone is still very afraid. More detailed information about the history and violent impact of Boko Haram can be accessed easily on Wikipedia.  
    • Comfort will lead a training event for 50 women in the Baptist Church next week. May this be a time of refreshing and deep understanding. Give them courage and wisdom about sharing the good news of Jesus with others. 
  • Report from Prisca, an FFICM staff in Nigeria: 
    • She met with a group of prostitutes to share the gospel. She will return to meet with them this week. Pray for more women to come to hear the gospel and learn from the FFICM follow-up material.  
  • Report from Zainab: 
    • Pray for a program for women which she’s leading at the church this weekend. 
    • This past weekend, 8 people graduated from Zainab’s baking school! They will go start their own businesses with funds raised by family and friends. Pray for their success in their new entrepreneurial ventures which serve to support their families for financial independence and health.  

Ethiopia:

  • Pray for Eskinder, our National Director in Ethiopia, who just contracted COVID-19. He is really really struggling so please pray for his swift recovery. Pray for his entire family since his wife and daughter are now sick. He may miss the entire mega-conference. Pray for comfort from the Holy Spirit and assurance that nothing surprises our God who is able to do far more than we imagine in and through our weakness. 
  • The Mega-Conference
    • The mega-conference that is happening this week (Thursday-Saturday) in Southern Ethiopia. We are expecting 20,000 – 25,000! The primary focus of the conference will be strengthening the church with a vision of the true gospel. We are striving to give the people a ‘firm foundation’ in Christ so that they do not fall away from their faith as has been happening.
    • Since there will be no COVID-19 safety measures in place please pray for protection for all those attending!  
    • Pray for the singers, translators, the stadium preparations (built from scratch!). 
    • Pray for Rich’s safe traveling in Ethiopia. He will be taking a flight tomorrow to the conference location, if by God’s grace the airline doesn’t cancel the flight again. (He was supposed to have flown today but the airline abruptly postponed the flight until tomorrow.) 
    • Pray for the conference speakers Dr. Simon (the General Secretary for EKHC) and Dr. Jeremiah (the Deputy General Secretary for EKHC). The EKHC denomination supervises 10 million people!
  • Continue to pray for Tesfye as he transitions out of his previous position with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) and trains his replacement employee so he’ll be able to begin working with Eskandir. 
  • Please continue to pray for the vehicle search in Ethiopia. Unfortunately we’ve come up against more challenges towards finding a vehicle. The Ethiopian government halted all imports of used vehicles and is only allowing new vehicles to be imported. This means that the price of used vehicles will only increase. Pray for wisdom and direction for the team. Until we find a vehicle, the team has been renting one to do the essential work of the ministry. 
  • Pray for the re-printing of 10,000 copies of the FFICM Follow-up booklet in Amharic. They have had a delay and many people are waiting to get copies. Praise God that there are so many new believers who will be equipped with this essential training and materials for starting their life with Jesus strong.  
  • Pray for peace and security in the nation of Ethiopia. There is a party election coming up. There are 107 parties in Ethiopia and the winning party will elect the Prime Minister. There have been rumors of wars with neighboring countries.

USA:

  • Continue to pray for wisdom as we prepare to hire a Communications Coordinator and Development Director for FFICM here in the US. May God direct FFICM’s hiring team with hope and insight as we seek to grow our organization to keep up with the profound global impact of our partners in ministry. 
  • Please continue to pray for healing for Dara and Mercy. Dara continues to have threatening anaphylactic responses to a wide array of allergens. Pray for Dara’s breathing which is constantly labored. Pray for wisdom for Dara’s family as they seek direction regarding financial provision.    
  • Please continue to pray for the next $5,000 needed to cover the second 100 solar powered audio Bible players for Nigeria! We are grateful for the $5,000 we got last month which provided 100 solar audio bibles for Nigeria ($50/each) and the people who received them are so very grateful!
  • Pray for wisdom as we continue to prepare for the upcoming FFICM Spring Fundraiser on Saturday May 22. www.fficm.org/spring2021 The theme is: Oaks of Righteousness. We will be sharing about the impact of the three conferences in Nigeria and the mega-conference in Ethiopia this Spring as well as all the trainings that have been happening as well as sharing about plans for this Summer and Fall. We will hear video testimony from our staff overseas as well as reports from our US staff. 
  • Pray for the ongoing work of the Website Update Team that is continuing to work on fixing some issues with www.fficm.org and working to make it more useful and easy to navigate for our partners.
  • Pray for the family of Stacey Lloyd, our Director of Multimedia. His brother is on hospice and the family is praying for wisdom and comfort as they manage the challenges of the transition at this time. 
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ March 24, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ March 14, 2021

(Image: Eskandir and Rich in Ethiopia during Rich’s February 2021 trip.)

Nigeria:

  • The HBB Conference is this week! Rich, Peter and Ishaku made it to the HBB conference site and are getting ready to start the conference.
  • Please pray for Rich’s safety and protection as he travels on Wednesday to and from the conference to the city where he can get a COVID test. The travel is via bush trails (2-3 hours) and dangerous. The danger of kidnapping for Rich is significant so we’re asking God to protect Rich and the team. The HBB Conference has advertised Rich’s attendance hoping to attract attendees, but this also increases the risk of kidnapping for Rich.  
  • Two girls and their father (all believers) were kidnapped 30 days ago. The kidnappers killed the father. At the capture, other people were killed immediately including the security man. The two girls were just released yesterday (after paying three million Nira which is about 7,800 USD). Praise God for their release! The girls are related to one of the members of the HBB planning committee which is why we are aware of this story. The girls are now in the hospital because of the trauma. Please join us in prayer for their long term recovery from trauma and for them as they grieve their father’s death. 
  • The FFICM-Africa team in Nigeria is also doing a new believer follow-up training event this week at Gindri Theological Seminary. This is being led by Rick Cordell, Prisca and Osang for 120 students. Thank you Jesus for the Seminary’s commitment to new believer follow-up! The Seminary requires all of its students to complete FFICM’s training as a graduation requirement. Praise God for the faithful leadership of our FFICM-Nigeria staff (Prisca) and volunteers (Rick and Osang, a Nigerian pastor who has regularly participated in FFICM training events). 
  • The next 13 TV episodes that the team recorded and submitted to the TV station were not good enough quality. The 13 TV episodes may need to be re-recorded. The team is very discouraged and frustrated by this bad news so please pray for wisdom regarding how to address this set back.
  • Ishaku led an outreach for 100 women last week. On Thursday Ishaku will help these women prepare for an outreach event this coming Friday. The women will lead an evangelism outreach this Friday in order to invite others to faith in Jesus. 
  • Pray for a better motorcycle for Ishaku since his old wrecked bike wasn’t repaired properly by the person who wrecked it. 
  • Pray for Zainab and her mom whose younger sister died two weeks ago as they grieve her death. Pray for provision for a new home for Zainab. Previously Zainab bought land to build her training school so she is building a new home there. We’re asking God to resource her family with everything they need to live in safety and continue the ministry. Praise God that her son is graduating from her baking school this Saturday. 8 students will graduate (after 3-4 months of hard work!). Praise God! 
  • Danladi and Sam (staff from FFICM-Africa in Nigeria) traveled to a remote village to provide a training event last week. After the training, they shared the gospel with 8 youth and one elderly person (93 years old) and led them through chapter one of FFICM’s Follow-up Booklet. Praise God for those divine appointments and for the movement of the Holy Spirit to lead these people to faith! Pray for these new believers as they begin a new life following Jesus!
  • Pray for Danladi as he considers and prearpes to reach out to youth in the area where he lives. Pray for many more divine appointments and sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s direction. Join us in praying that many young teens would experience God’s gift of freedom, healing, and joy through Jesus Christ! 

Ethiopia:

  • The Mega-Conference: 
    • Pray for the preparation for the mega-conference that will be next week in Southern Ethiopia. We are now expecting 20,000 – 25,000!
    • Pray for Eskandir’s health. He’s getting sick and needs God’s healing so he can lead the conference well. Praise God for Eskandir’s dedication and hard work that is making this conference possible. Pray for God’s protection and provision to carry Eskandir through the final preparations in the days ahead. 
    • Pray for the singers, translators, the stadium preparations (built from scratch!) and for Rich’s safe traveling to Ethiopia. Pray for the conference speakers Dr. Simon (the General Secretary for EKHC) and Dr. Jeremiah (the Deputy General Secretary for EKHC). The denomination supervises 10 million people!
  • Pray for Tesfye as he transitions out of his previous position with the Ethiopian Kale Heywet Church (EKHC) and trains his replacement employee so he’ll be able to begin working with Eskandir. 
  • Unfortunately we’ve come up against more challenges towards finding a vehicle. The Ethiopian government halted all imports of used vehicles and is only allowing new vehicles to be imported. This means that the price of used vehicles will only increase. Pray for wisdom and direction for the team. Until we find a vehicle, the team has been renting one to do the essential work of the ministry. 
  • Pray for the re-printing of 10,000 copies of the FFICM Follow-up booklet in Amharic. They have had a delay and many people are waiting to get copies. 
  • Pray for peace and security in the nation of Ethiopia. There is a party election coming up. There are 107 parties in Ethiopia and the winning party will elect the Prime Minister. There have been rumors of wars with neighboring countries.

USA:

  • Pray for wisdom as we prepare to hire a Communications Director and Development Director for FFICM here in the US. May God direct FFICM’s hiring team with hope and insight as we seek to grow our organization to keep up with the profound global impact of our partners in ministry. 
  • Please continue to pray for healing for Dara and Mercy. Dara continues to have threatening anaphylactic responses to a wide array of allergens. Pray for Dara’s breathing which is constantly labored. Pray for wisdom for Dara’s family as they seek direction regarding financial provision.    

Praise God for His provision of over $5,000 to cover the first 100 solar powered audio Bible players for Nigeria! Pray for the funds to provide 100-200 more solar audio bibles  ($50/each).

Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ March 14, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ March 10, 2021

Nigeria:

  • Pray for Peter and Rich as they work on continued preparations for the HBB conference that will be held in Nigeria next week. We are expecting around 2,000 people to attend and there are still many details that are in process.
  • Pray for continued preparations for the other two upcoming conferences in Nigeria (the MBB Conference and the True Gospel conference in Jalingo)
  • Next week we will also be hosting a training event for students at Gindri Theological Seminary in new believer follow-up.
  • Last week we finished recording the next 13 radio episodes. We are still working with the TV station to schedule the recording of the next 13 TV episodes. The next 13 radio episodes begin airing this week.
  • Pray for safety in Nigeria. There continues to be many kidnappings.
  • Pray for Sam and Pankyes as they are leading a training this week for 30 people from the Anglican church in new believer follow-up. 
  • Pray for the continued process of preparing the new FFICM Africa office in Jos, Nigeria. The landlord is working on final preparations including painting the window frames. We are hoping to move into the new office as soon as possible.
  • Pray for the safety in Borno state where Comfort lives. Midugari is still very dangerous. Comfort tells us that people cannot go 10K out of the city without an escort. 
  • Rick Cordell completed a partial training event in Abuja. Paise God!
  • Praise God for the safe delivery of Peter’s third grandchild! Peter’s daughter Dorothy had a safe delivery of a baby boy!! 
  • Praise God that Peter is in the final two classes of his degree program! 
  • Praise God for Yusuf who teaches the Word of God! 

Ethiopia:

  • Pray for continued wisdom as they look for a vehicle for our ministry in Ethiopia. 
  • Pray for the continued preparations for the big mega-conference. They are now expecting over 25,000 people to attend the conference where we will be talking about the message of the true gospel, helping people to remain steadfast in their relationship with Christ and not be swayed by the prosperity gospel or animism and spirit worship.
  • Praise God that a nationally renown singer offered to lead worship for the Mega Conference! The singer that was going to sing in Amheric (the dominant Ethiopian language) had previously backed out.
  • Pray for Eskinder as he applies to Multnomah University for the Doctorate of Ministry degree program.  
  • Pray for Tesfye as he adjusts to working with Eskinder. Praise God for his partnership with FFICM! Pray for unity and wisdom for their team. 
  • Pray for peace. There is an ongoing threat of war from Ethiopia’s neighboring countries.

USA:

  • Rich leaves on Friday for Nigeria. Pray that he will get his negative covid test results in time for his flight.
  • Pray for wisdom for Rich as he prepares the messages that he will share at the upcoming conferences in Nigeria and Ethiopia.
  • Praise God for the good progress in David’s Master’s in nonprofit management. He has just started his fourth class. Pray for wisdom in time management. His current class is on leading teams and will go for the next 8 weeks.
  • Pray for wisdom as we prepare to hire a Communications Director and Development Director for FFICM here in the US.
  • Please continue to pray for health for Dara and Mercy.
  • Praise God for the turnout at the Monthly Saturday Prayer Meeting. Thank you to everyone who joined us to pray and worship together. We were all deeply encouraged! 
  • Pray for us as we continue preparing for the Spring Fundraiser, May 22nd.  
  • Praise God for His provision of over $5,000 to cover the first 100 solar powered audio Bible players for Nigeria! Pray for the funds to provide 100-200 more solar audio bibles  ($50/each)
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ March 10, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ March 1, 2021

(Photo of a small group of trainees practicing teaching from the FFICM Follow-up Booklet.)

Nigeria:

  • Praises: 
    • God is continuing to bless the personal ministry of Zainab, one of our trainers. Five people joined the new believer follow-up group which Zaibab leads. Additionally, two homeless women joined Zainab’s professional training class. As a personal ministry, Zainab has also been teaching baking skills (pastries, bread, yogurt, biscuits, wedding cakes, etc.) to women in her community. After completing the three month training which Zainab offers, these women are fully equipped to open their own shop so they can begin earning money. The required capital for starting a small bakery shop is affordable for even poor women. Zainab has been offering this ministry for free for the past 18 years! Praise God for leading us to partner with a woman of such faith and dedication to serving the Lord!   
    • Last week two of the FFICM-Africa team (Prisca and Valentine) co-facilitated a 3-day New Believer Follow-up Training Event for 30 people. The training was organized by a pastor who had previously received training through FFICM at Gindri Seminary. He organized this follow-up training event for leaders of the church including representatives from the youth group, from among the elders, and the women’s fellowship. Praise God that the vision for strengthening young Christians is spreading among the church in Nigeria! Thank God also for the faithful service of our Nigerian partners, Prisca and Valentine! 
    • The new office for FFICM-Africa in Nigeria is almost complete! The team is hoping to be able to move into their new office this week. The work of painting has finished, and they are just taking care of the final details. 
    • Last week the team recorded the next 13 radio episodes that will be airing on 4 different radio stations. Pray that God would touch many lives through these recordings. Now they are getting ready to record 13 new TV episodes for two different TV stations. Pray that they come out in a good quality. May God continue to draw believers and nonbelievers towards abundant life with God in Jesus Christ through these programs! 
  • Pray with us for: 
    • The Hausa Background Believer (HBB) conference. Preparations and ongoing work by the leaders. Today is a day of prayer and fasting for the conference. Peter will share about the gospel card and about follow-up. 
    • The Jalingo conference. Preparations continue to move forward. We expect over 1,000 attendees to come together in mid-April for this event. 
    • This week trainers from the FFICM-Nigeria team (Sam, Pankyes, Valentine and Ishaku) are leading a new believer follow-up training event for 130 people in Gidang Waya, Nigeria. Pray for strength, zeal, and vision for them as they work to equip church leaders with tools and strategies for meeting the unique needs of new Christians. 
    • Pray for the Nigerian board of trustees for FFICM-Africa are meeting on Thursday this week. Pray for wisdom as they make decisions about the local organization and the work to lead and build capacity in our Nigerian counterpart/partner.
    • The National Director of FFICM-Africa, Peter Wash, will be sharing with 300 Fulani believers about FFICM’s new believer follow-up ministry. The leader of the Fulani Christians is on the planning committee for the Muslim Background Believer (MBB) Conference. Pray for God to empower Peter as he teaches and for the Holy Spirit to encourage and embolden the Fulani Christians in their own faith and ministry. 
    • Rick Cordell is leading a training event in Abuja this Friday and Saturday. Please pray for safety in travel and for a good response to the training.

Ethiopia:

  • Praise: 
    • Tesfaye has joined the FFICM team in Ethiopia! He has been leading the evangelism department of EKHC, the denomination we work with there. We are excited to have him join the team there!
  • Pray with: 
    • Eskinder has continued searching to find a suitable vehicle for us to purchase for the work of the ministry there in Ethiopia. We are grateful for the money that has been given for this by donors in the US. We thought that we had enough funds but it is getting harder and harder to find vehicles for sale in Ethiopia as the government stopped the import of vehicles over a year ago.
    • Pray for the preparations for the large conference that will be held in Ethiopia at the end of March for 15k-20k participants.
    • Pray for wisdom as we continue to begin work with the Genat denomination there. 

USA:

  • Praise:
    • FFICM was approved for the Murdock Trust grant! Praise God for the provision of financial resources which will be dedicated exclusively toward the position of a Fundraising Director. Pray for the hiring team as we search for the right person to fill this role.
    • Yesterday David shared at partner church Laurel Community Church (Hillsboro, OR) in their morning service about the ministry of FFICM, and board member Ken Keeley was also there and helped answer questions and dialogue with people from the church about FFICM. This church has been supporting FFICM for a long time and we praise God for their ongoing passion for new-believer follow-up.
    • FFICM partner church Trail Christian Fellowship (Eagle Point, OR) held their annual missions conference this past weekend. We praise God for their dedication to ongoing prayer and financial partnership!
    • Rich made it safely back to Oregon! He had a great 2 weeks of training in Ethiopia and a fruitful several days of meetings with strategic partners in the Atlanta, GA area on his way back to Oregon. Pray that he gets a negative Covid test today so that he can get into our office (that is located in the Luis Palau Association headquarters) and work there again.
  • Pray with us: 
    • Dara was no longer able to fill the role of Director of Communications with FFICM due to her ongoing health problems and related issues. We grieve the loss of Dara’s health and stand with her in prayer as she focuses all her energy on her recovery. We join her in prayer for physical healing, for financial provision amidst the far reaching impact of this devastating illness, and for direction and wisdom. Pray for FFICM as we navigate the need for a new Director of Communications. 
    • Pray for good attendance at our “First Saturday of the Month FFICM Virtual Prayer Meeting” this coming Saturday, March 6 via Zoom. We will be focusing prayer on the 4 upcoming conferences that will be held in Nigeria and Ethiopia in the coming months. Pray that there would be good attendance, and pray that the prayer needs would be clearly communicated.  
    • Stacy’s brother who was just put on hospice care after many years of debilitating sickness. Pray for him and his family as they support him during his last days and weeks. (Stacy is a US volunteer overseeing our multimedia) 
    • Luis Palau who was also just put on hospice care. (Our FFICM office is located right above Luis’, as part of the Palau LinkCenter in the Luis Palau Association headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.)
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ March 1, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ February 23, 2021

(Above photo: FFICM’s primary partner in Ethiopia: Eskinder with his family)

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, 

We have much to be excited and hopeful about regarding this week’s prayer requests. They reflect the reality that we’re coming toward the final stretch of planning several significant conferences and training events. As you read on and join us in prayer, remember with gratitude the many complex details that God has worked out among a diversity of people and organizations, all in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. We serve an amazing God and are inspired by the hard work and dedication of our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia and Nigeria and our team in the U.S. Thank you for offering your gifts of prayer each week for both the exciting work of ongoing discipleship and for the daunting struggle against fear and the power of the enemy (such as an increasing danger from kidnapping and the ongoing debilitating sickness of our beloved staff member Dara).
May the peace of Christ lead you in your prayers this week!

Nigeria:

  • Conferences and Training Events: 
    • Peter is in Kano preparing for the HBB conference. Pray for continued preparations. They have started to purchase some of the food for feeding the attendees. They are now expecting over 2,000 at the upcoming HBB conference. There are some security concerns, but the committee is planning many security preparations and they are trusting that God will protect them.
    • Pray for the large conference in Jalingo for over 1,000 (April 19-23). Peter will be traveling to participate in a planning meeting for this conference. Please pray for safety for Peter during his travel, for protection against kidnappers, and for smooth transit over rough roads.
    • The MBB (Muslim Background Believers) conference has been rescheduled to mid-April due to a scheduling conflict with the venue. Pray for wisdom as the conference committee continues to plan and prepare for this conference. The committee has had some challenges and has had to change the date several times now, but the committee is excited for the opportunity to gather together these persecuted believers and prepare and equip them to reach out to their family and neighbors.
    • Peter is applying for a visa for Ethiopia so he can attend the big conference (15,000 attenders) that FFICM is leading in southern Ethiopia. The conference will be held March 25-28 together with Richard Gardner. Pray that the process goes smoothly.
    • The training that was supposed to be in Jos, Nigeria this week got rescheduled to early April.
    • Starting this Thursday, there are two training events that the team in Nigeria will be facilitating. Pray for wisdom as the team has a lot of upcoming conferences and training events that they are preparing for. 
  • God’s protection and mercy: 
    • The kidnapping problem has gotten worse. The kidnappers are targeting indiscriminately, both wealthy and poor. People have been killed by the kidnappers. Key leaders are being killed every week by the kidnappers. Please pray for those who are still with the kidnappers. Return those people to their families. 
    • Prisca asks for prayer for her outreach to prostitutes. 
    • Danladi’s sister just had a miscarriage. Please pray for her family as they grieve.
  • Gratitude and praises: 
    • Rick Cordell just moved and has a better housing situation there in Jos, Nigeria. He’s able to host visitors and is very happy with the situation. 
    • Rick preached this past Sunday in Jos, Nigeria and everyone was very encouraged. 
    • Priasca’s husband returned after 3 weeks absence. Praise God they are reunited!
    • Praise God that the TV and Radio programs continue to air and have been having many positive responses. Pray for the growing number of new believers from this ministry, and for the believers who are encouraged to share the gospel with those around them and to follow-up with new believers. On Thursday and Friday this week the team will record the next 13 TV and radio episodes.

Ethiopia:

  • Eskinder has internet at his home now! We have been praying for this for many months now! Praise God! This will help in many ways and will allow Eskinder to be able to work from home and to be able to join us for our prayer meetings via video. 
  • Rich and Eskinder just finished two weeks of training in Ethiopia.
    • The first week (two weeks ago) the team trained 29 people as potential trainers of our materials. We are hoping that some of these people will become our partners. Pray for wisdom as the team in Ethiopia grows and expands. 
    • The second week (last week) we trained 113 pastors. In the evenings, the trainees went out and shared the gospel to 118 people. 6 people accepted Christ, 5 of whom promised to return for follow-up! All the trainees were all given follow-up books to return home with and have made plans for how they will 1) use the materials and 2) train others to use them as well.
  • Please pray for the preparation efforts regarding the upcoming major conference. They are expecting 15,000 to 20,000 people in attendance. They are not practicing COVID-saftey measures in that area. Please pray for their protection from the virus, and praise God for the opportunity to challenge and equip the believers there.  
  • Pray for the political situation in Ethiopia. There are still many divisions. 
  • The vehicle owner decided not to sell the 1996 Land Cruiser that we were going to purchase. We pray that God will lead us to the right vehicle that will be a good resource for the team there in Ethiopia for many years into the future.
  • We are moving forward with a new partnership with another denomination in Ethiopia. The denomination has a plan to share the gospel with 5,000,000 people and plant 5,000 churches in Ethiopia in 2021! They have asked for our help as they move forward with this mass evangelism effort. Please pray for wisdom as FFICM considers how and when to reach out beyond our current relationship with the Kale Heywet church in order to expand our partnerships in Ethiopia.  
  • Our partner organization in Ethiopia (the Kale Heywet Church) will add its second employee towards the work of FFICM. Please help us welcome Tesfaye! Praise God for the resources from FFICM financial supporters and the opportunity we have to this experienced partner! He had been responsible for coordinating the thousands of evangelists from the Kale Hayet church. The Kale Heywet church has released him from that position so that he can work under Eskindir’s leadership to help facilitate the work of evangelism and follow-up with FFICM. Praise God that the Kale Heywet church has agreed to release Tesfaye to the work of new believer discipleship! 

USA:

  • Rich made it safely to the US yesterday morning. He is currently in the Washington, D.C. area. He flies to Atlanta today to meet with some current and potential future ministry partners. Please pray for his flight safety. While in Atlanta, Rich will be meeting with the leader of a ministry that is working in the Middle East. They are very interested to work with us in doing training in the Middle East to prepare people to follow-up with new believers there.
  • We are currently working with an Arabic translator to revise our materials for Arabic speakers so we will be prepared to offer follow-up training events in the Arabic speaking countries. Praise God for the opportunity to translate the discipleship materials into the heart language of so many people! 
  • Continue to pray for Dara’s health. She has continued to have many health challenges and has taken this past week off work to try to rest and recuperate. She continues to have frequent breathing attacks. The doctors continue to look at various possible allergic reactions.
  • We praise God for the continued work that our Website Update Team has been doing update the fficm.org website to make it more useful as a tool to share about what God is doing through this organization. Praise God for the volunteers and staff who are working on this, and pray for wisdom as they deal with challenges in the process including rampant hacking attacks on our website. We praise God that the site has not been hacked or harmed, but we need wisdom to know how to continue to protect it.
  • Murdock Trust meeting on Thursday. Please pray for God’s direction and favor during the deliberation process regarding the grant request. Help us to be ready to receive your blessings of open doors for more resources. 
  • Pray for recruitment of 2-3 new International Trainers for FFICM in the US in 2021.
  • Pray for the planning meeting coming up on Wednesday for the four people planning to travel to Ethiopia from the US for the big conference there in late March.
  • Pray for David as he continues to work on his Master’s in Nonprofit Management while serving full-time as Director of Operations. He is in his final 2 weeks of his third class out of ten.
  • Pray for wisdom as we begin to plan and prepare for our Spring Fundraiser. We plan for it to be another virtual event. We hope that by the time of our Fall Fundraiser we will be able to do an in-person event again.
  • Pray for David Moore as he will be sharing this coming Sunday at FFICM partner church Laurel Community Church for their missions emphasis Sunday (Feb 28). David grew up attending this church and has been supported and prayed for by them since he first became a missionary in 1999. 
  • Pray for FFICM partner Trail Christian Fellowship in Eagle Point, OR as they also will be having their missions conference this coming Sunday (Feb 28). David will send video greeting and thanks to them for their faithful prayer and financial support. 

As always, thank you for your prayers. May God bless you and your families!

Susanna Ballard
Director of Outreach

Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ February 23, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ February 15, 2021

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners,

We have much to be grateful for this week! The safe birth of a baby boy in one of our Nigerian trainer’s family (Ishaku) and the successful completion of a week of follow-up training in Ethiopia. We also need God’s provision for healing, wisdom, and ongoing empowerment in ministry for many of our ministry partners. Thank you for your faithful partnership in prayer. May God’s Spirit move through our prayers to open pathways for Jesus’ kingdom to come among us!


Nigeria:

  • Safety, protection and healing: 
    • Zainab’s aunt, who is a Muslim, maybe dying. She’s been in the hospital for 6 weeks. She is coughing blood and can not eat. Please pray that she be open to Zainab’s invitations to believe in Jesus. 
    • Sam requested prayer for his dad who is sick. 
    • Rick and Peter are going to Gindri Seminary tomorrow to work on setting up the training there that will be held close to Easter. Pray for safety as they travel and set up the training for the seminary students. The kidnappers make travel very dangerous. 
  • Wisdom: 
    • Zainab’s old church has asked that she give her house to the church for their new pastor. She’s praying for financial intervention. Zainab’s family has invested a significant amount of money into the house which was initially gifted by the church. 
    • There are some new laws that impact foreigners in Nigeria. Pray for wisdom as Rick navigates that process.
    • Valentine and Peter are taking classes toward their Master’s Degree. Pray for wisdom as they try to manage classes and ministry responsibilities. 
    • The MBB conference committee will meet on Thursday this week. Pray for wisdom as they determine whether to change the date or the timing of the conference. 
  • Empowerment for ministry: 
    • Prisca is trying to connect with a group of prostitutes and drug addicts. She is hoping to start teaching the follow-up material to them soon.
    • Pankyes Danladi started follow-up with someone who is not educated so he’s also teaching him to read and write as a part of the follow-up. 
    • Sam is going to Bauchi tomorrow with Ishaku to reconnect with some of the people we previously trained to see how they are using the follow-up material well and to help them with any struggles or any challenges.
    • Sam’s wife is trying to write an SSC (senior secondary school) paper by the end of may or June. 
    • Ishaku asks prayer for wisdom as he continues to have opportunities to teach the FFICM follow-up materials through his church and help them as they continue to grow and expand with many new believers.
    • Rick is planning to preach this Sunday. Please pray for his preparation process. 
    • Continue to pray for the radio and TV broadcasts. The radio program played the programs 20 minutes late which means listeners miss hearing the important content we’ve recorded.
  • Praise: 
    • Ishaku’s wife Christiana delivered a baby boy safely! Praise God!! The boy’s name is Mayshack. Ishaku’s wife had a very speedy delivery. 
    • Praise God that the painting has begun today on the new office space. Please pray that the work is completed as soon as possible.
    • Sunday Peter and Sarah are going to Kano to purchase supplies for the upcoming HBB conference and then on Monday they will have a meeting with the planning committee. They are expecting 2000 people at the conference.
    • Zainab has several classes running right now where she is teaching women cooking skills and also training them with our follow-up materials. A pastor’s wife has joined the class. 
    • Rick’s covid test in Nigeria came back Negative. 
  • Provision: 
    • Nigeria trainer Ishaku’s motorcycle has been temporarily repaired after the accident a few weeks ago, but ultimately needs to be replaced. Pray for wisdom and provision.
    • Pray for Rick’s car repairs and registration to go through quickly.
    • The roads are not safe for driving because of kidnappers so Rich will need to fly between cities during his upcoming trip. Pray for access to flights as needed. 

Ethiopia:

  • We praise God because: 
    • Today is the second day of the second week of training in Ethiopia. Most people were not present when the training was supposed to start due to transportation problems. They were able to start finally at 10:30am with 70 trainees, but they expect to have over 100 tomorrow. 
    • Six of the trainers from the first week have taken leadership in teaching during the second week of training. The training is being translated into Oromo, the local language, which means that all in attendance can participate in their native language. 
    • One of last week’s trainees shared the message of the gospel using the FFICM gospel tract card with one of his neighbors who was demon possessed. The demon left the neighbor, she accepted Christ and so did his father who was listening in! He immediately began using the follow-up with these new believers. Praise God for this trainees’ boldness, faithfulness, humility in prayer, and dedication to follow-up. Praise God for delivering the woman from an evil spirit, for empowering her with faith in Jesus and for her father’s presence to witness this miracle! 
    • They have decided to go forward with the purchase of the vehicle that they have rented to use this week. It will need some repairs, but the seller has decreased the price to compensate for the repair costs. Pray for wisdom with the drafting of the ownership agreement papers with FFICM and the church we work with there. A HUGE thank you to all those who have given financially toward this need this past year!
    • We now have the people identified who will be speaking at the big conference in Ethiopia at the end of March. We are expecting at least 15,000 at the conference where we will be teaching about the true gospel to many Christians who are considering leaving their faith. Pray for these speakers as they prepare what they will be sharing to this large group.
  • Please join us in prayer: 
    • Please pray for Rich to get his COVID test on Friday. It should be available within 24 hours. This will allow him to return to the US as planned. 

USA:

  • We praise God because: 
    • The mold mitigation work on Dara’s house has progressed well. They found much more than they thought that they would find. Hopefully this will be part of the answer to her ongoing health issues. Please continue to pray for healing and health for Dara. Pray for wisdom regarding finances impacted by the past year of debilitating sickness. 
    • David’s wife’s hand is healing well. Thank you for all who have been praying for the healing of her hand that was bitten by a dog a few weeks ago.
  • Please join us in prayer: 
    • Please continue to pray for the upcoming decision to be made by the Murdock Trust for our grant request. They will make the final decision on this grant request on February 25.
    • Please continue to pray that God will give us wisdom as we try to recruit 2 or 3 international trainers to be part of the FFICM USA team this year. 
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ February 15, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ February 8, 2021

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” — John 14:26-27

Nigeria:

  • Current Trainings
    • Today the team (Sam, Peter, Prisca and Rick Cordell) trained 25 people with another partner organization — these people have been trained in evangelism by E-Team Global already. Now FFICM is training in them follow-up. They will continue training through Wednesday. 
    • Sam and Valentine would like prayer for safety as they travel to Gombe State to lead a refresher training for people they trained last year. 
    • Praise God for Zainab’s teaching ministry, which is called Prudent Creation Ministry. She is raising up other teachers so she can divide up the classes. Pray that the new teachers will grow in their own faith and maturity. 
  • Planning for the Future
    • Rick will be preaching in two weeks. Please pray for direction and openness to the Holy Spirit’s leading. 
    • The FFICM-Nigeria office is still waiting to be painted. Please pray that the work be completed!
    • Please pray for the planning of the MBB Conference. The venue of the MBB conference will need to change (or else the date will need to change) because someone else will be using the facility. The MBB conference is currently scheduled April 26th-30th. Please pray for wisdom for the team. Pray for cooperation among the MBB planning committee which is made of 13 partner organizations which also focus on MBB ministry. 
    • Please pray for God’s blessing and guidance regarding the HBB conference. Planning and preparation for HBB conference March 15-19. Next planning meeting will be Feb 22.
    • Pray for wisdom regarding ongoing invitation to new partnerships.
      • New Life For All is asking us to partner with them to handle the follow-up training for an outreach they are planning. 
      • Seventy people from Niger state would like to be trained in the FFICM follow-up material. Pray for wisdom as the FFICM-Nigeria team considers how to balance current commitments with the many new opportunities.
  • Protection and Healing
    • Prisca’s mother had to go to the hospital. Please join us in praying for her complete healing. 
    • Valentine’s 8 month old daughter contracted malaria. She was placed on a 5-day injection schedule. She was doing very poorly, but we praise God that she’s getting good medical treatment now. 
    • Pray also for Zainab’s health.  She was in a motorcycle accident last week. She sustained minor injuries but asks for prayer for complete healing so she can focus on the ministry. 
    • Pray for energy and rest for the FFICM-Nigeria team who is working hard. The work is exciting, rewarding and exhausting as God’s kingdom work grows dramatically in Nigeria. Give the team wisdom regarding balancing their ministry work and their desire to be present with their families. 
  • Praise: 
    • All those whose lives are touched by the radio and TV ministry. Praise God for the encouragement these ministries have brought to many people. 
    • Rick will be moving to a different housing situation next week for the rest of his time there in Nigeria (until May 25). 

Ethiopia:

  • Rich had an exhausting trip, but made it safely to Ethiopia. Pray for good rest and strength for the busy schedule of training and meetings.
  • There are 19 trainees for the training of trainers event this week in southern Ethiopia. We plan to select 5 of the participants from the training this week to be the trainers in training for the training of 70 next week, also in southern Ethiopia.
  • Please pray for access to phone communication for Rich. His new US cell phone cannot make/receive calls in Ethiopia even though he was promised it would work. It works via the internet only. Pray for access to strong internet connections so Rich can communicate with others. 
  • Pray for the wisdom regarding the vehicle purchase. 

USA:

  • Praise: 
    • Praise God that a church in the US has agreed to cover the costs to produce 13 more TV episodes and 13 more radio programs about our training in Nigeria!
    • Thank you to everyone who joined us at the monthly FFICM prayer meeting this past Saturday. It was a time to lift up the needs of the ministry. We felt greatly encouraged! We hope that many more can join us in the future as we plan to do these at 9 am the first Saturday of each month via Zoom. 
  • Prayer: 
    • Dara and Courtney are working out a communications plan for the year. Please pray for wisdom for them. 
    • Dara continues to experience significant health emergencies. She wasn’t able to get out of bed much last week and still needs wisdom and mercy. 
    • Susanna is working to complete a translation of the FFICM follow-up materials into Arabic through the InDesign computer program. 
    • David is now halfway through his third class in his Master of Arts in NonProfit Management degree. Pray for good time management and ability to keep up with all the assignments. Praise God for all that he is learning and is able to apply right away in his role as Director of Operations.
    • Our Murdock Trust grant application decision will be made Feb 25. Pray that they will look favorably and the funding will be approved to cover a new staff person for our US office.
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ February 8, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, 

May the peace of Christ fill you as you join us in prayer this week. We are grateful for and in awe of our God who is always with us, who is able to take care of our every need, and who cares deeply about our lives. Thank you for coming with us before the throne of grace where we trust we will always receive mercy from God.  We trust and believe because of numerous experiences of God’s provision, deliverance, guidance, and mercy. Be encouraged as you read the exciting testimonies of our brothers and sisters! We trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you in your prayers with us and for our ministry partners in Nigeria and Ethiopia.   

Nigeria:

  • There is a new LCC (usually a council of about five churches) in Ishaku Pate’s area. Praise God the church is growing and Ishaku has been part of the process of helping them as they plant new churches and figure out how to structure the growing churches.
  • Ishaku Pate has been running a follow-up group of about forty people! Praise God. A lot of the members are family or extended family. He is seeing a lot of people committing their lives to Christ. There were a lot of former priests from ATR (African Traditional Religion) in their family, but they have committed their lives to Christ!
  • Last week, Sam did a training with former drug addicts; they are in need of prayer! They have committed not to go back to their former life, but quitting drugs is very difficult. Pray that God has mercy and helps them stay with their commitment to the Lord and to stop using drugs!  
  • Sam asks for prayer for a stable internet connection at the office, because they are supposed to do a trainer’s training with Richard Gardner via Zoom. 
  • Our trainer Sam praises God for helping his wife. She has been having a hard time the last couple weeks since her family’s house burned down, but she is doing better. Pray that she and her family continue to heal from their trauma. The community is pulling together to help provide food and clothing for them as they recover.   
  • Pray for Peter Wash who is in transit on his way to Kano to meet with the leaders who are meeting for continued planning for the HBB conference. They are trying to decide whether or not to go forward with the conference at this time due to coronavirus and other complications. 
  • Pray for Yusuf who is continuing to meet with many new believers from a Muslim background and training them and helping them to learn how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • The audio Bibles we gave out last year in northern Nigeria have started to cause a stir. The Muslims are upset about the audio Bible players that were given out with the the Bible in the local language in the northern part of Nigeria where most of the people are Muslim. The Muslims are increasing their persecution of Christians in the area. Pray for strength for the believers and that God’s Word would not be a stumbling block for the believers, but that it would be a firm foundation for them in their faith.
  • Pray for Comfort. The situation in Maiduguri has seriously devolved. These days they don’t have electricity. Boko Haram has cut it off. 
  • Pray for an end to the horrific kidnappings that are happening everywhere. The kidnappers are now kidnapping in broad daylight, even in the cities. There is a forest by Kano where a lot of the kidnappings are happening. Three of one of our trainees’ parishioners were kidnapped. Pray for their safe return. 
  • Pray for Ishaku that we have funds to provide a new motorcycle for him, as his traveling to conduct refresher trainings and follow-up with Muslim background believers is difficult without it.  
  • Continue to pray for the preparation of our new office in Jos, Nigeria. The preparation of the office has been slow. It was supposed to be ready by January 1, but it is not yet ready. The staff in Nigeria have been cramped into just two rooms. The new office space will give them much more space.

Ethiopia:

  • Pray for the upcoming training next week. The trainers will come from 15 different places all over the country. Pray for safety as they travel. We will be training them to be trainers of others, using the FFICM follow-up materials. Our pool of trainers has been limited to a small group in Ethiopia so far, but we praise God for the opportunities he is opening up to expand the team there and the training capacity.
  • Pray for the upcoming North Sudan training we are preparing for April. There are still many details to work out and the Ethipian worker in North Sudan we are working through has been having some visa issues.
  • Pray for peace between Ethiopia and its neighbors North Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea. There is continued fighting and outright war is getting closer to breaking out it seems.
  • Pray for wisdom as we continue to prepare for purchasing a vehicle for the ministry in Ethiopia. There are very few options at this time because the government there has stopped the importing of all vehicles to the country a few months ago and no vehicles are made in their country. The options that we are finding are all old vehicles and very expensive. Pray for wisdom as we continue to look for the right vehicle. Praise God for the finances that have been given so far! Now we need God to lead us to the right vehicle!
  • Pray/Praise: Eskinder’s internet at his home is getting closer. They have started the installation process but it is not yet finished. He has had a hard time working from home without internet this past year.
  • Two of Eskinder’s sons are at University. One of them got his phone stolen while riding in a taxi this past week and he is feeling discouraged. Pray for safety and encouragement.

USA:

  • Pray for Rich who will be traveling to Ethiopia on Friday. Rich is getting his COVID test tomorrow and needs a negative result to be able to travel. Pray that it is negative so he can travel!  
  • Pray for wisdom as we begin to prepare for our Spring Fundraiser that will be held on May 22. Pray that God would provide a volunteer to coordinate the event and that we would have wisdom as we try to figure out many of the details.
  • Praise God for the annual report we just sent out. We celebrate all that God did in 2020 and we look forward to 2021 with great anticipation of what God will do.
  • Pray for Dara’s doctor appointment she had today. They are doing more tests to try to determine the root cause of her ongoing health issues. Pray for wisdom, patience and stamina as she has been experiencing ongoing health issues for almost a year now and the doctors don’t seem to be able to figure out the root causes.
  • Pray for Rich Gardner’s family here in the US. Many of them are Roman Catholic. We pray that they will be able to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Our International Director of Multimedia, Stacy Lloyd asks prayer for his oldest brother Gary. We have previously shared prayer requests for his health. Gary has just gone under hospice care. He has been fighting prostate cancer, water on the brain, etc. He has had multiple strokes. He has a brain bleed, a blood clot in his leg and a hole in his heart. His cancer is now stage 4. He has a personal relationship with Jesus and we believe that he will be going to heaven, but in the meantime, pray for for comfort, wisdom and peace for the family.
  • Pray for David Moore’s wife Denise who was recently bit by a dog at a nearby park. She had to get multiple stitches on both sides of her hand and is still in pain. Pray for healing and wisdom.
  • Pray for wisdom as we continue to explore opportunities for partnership in ministry in Egypt and the Middle East.
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ February 1, 2021
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Praise and Prayer ~ January 25

Nigeria

Ishake Pate, one of the Nigeria trainers praises God for the progress that his local church has made and for the training they have been doing with the FFICM new believer follow-up materials. Pray also for his wife’s pregnancy which is her fourth!

Peter Wash praises God for the evangelistic success through the radio and TV programs. Yusuf will travel to visit and encourage the people who have given their lives to Jesus through these radio programs.

The MBB conference committee will meet as they continue to plan for the big conference from tomorrow through Friday.

Pray for the new FFICM Africa office in Jos, Nigeria which is almost finished, hopefully they will be able to move in at some point during the month of February. They are waiting for the painting to be finished.

The training Sam led last week was very successful. The trainers now understand how to use the FFICM materials and were encouraged.

Pray for comfort for FFICM trainer Sam’s father-in-law and his family. Their house was burned Thursday of last week and almost completely destroyed. Pray for comfort after this trauma and loss and for provision of a new house!

FFICM trainer Zainab’s cousin Joy died on Friday. Thank you for praying for her last week. She knew Jesus so she’s with God in glory now. Pray for Zainab’s family as they grieve her death, specifically for Joy’s children.

We praise God for Zainab who celebrates her birthday this week. Pray that God would continue to lead and guide Zainab in both her role with FFICM as a trainer and also her own ministry she does with women in need in Nigeria.

Pray that God would stop the ongoing kidnappings in Nigeria.

Pray for wisdom as we continue to communicate and coordinate with many different churches in Nigeria. We need wisdom to know how to best use God’s resources as we fill our schedule with trainings in Nigeria.

Ethiopia:

Pray for the coming election.

Pray for peace between Ethiopia and their neighbors: Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, etc. There continues to be unrest along its borders.

Eskindir’s son will return to university this week. Pray for safe travel and their return to university after one year away from school.

Thank God for the successful training last week. The trainers came from 6 denominations. Many people came to know Christ! Already those who attended the training will start to train 300 people.

Continue to pray for the preparations for the big conference coming up in March.

Pray for wisdom as we look for the right vehicle to purchase for the FFICM ministry in Ethiopia. Praise God for his provision of finances that we hope will be enough.

While Rich is in Ethiopia, the team will meet with the leader of a large denominational leader.

Praise God that Eskindir’s home will finally be getting an internet connection soon. Lack of internet at his house has made working from home over the past year with all the COVID lockdowns very difficult. He applied for home internet access over a year ago and is finally getting connected!

USA:

Pray for Rich Gardner’s Ethiopia trip (Friday February 5th – Monday February 22nd)

Pray that the timing of Rich’s COVID test pre-travel to Ethiopia goes smoothly (unlike the stress of the delayed COVID test results from Rich’s last Ethiopia trip!)

During the first week of that trip Rich will be helping train 20 potential national trainers from different language groups at a center near Addis Ababa. During the second week they will train 60-80 pastors, evangelists and church leaders in evangelism and follow-up, including at least 5 of the people from the first week who will be mentored by Rich and Eskinder in training using our materials.

Praise: Rick Cordell got his COVID test results and they are negative so he can travel to Nigeria tonight.

Pray: Rick Cordell flies tonight to Nigeria and will be there till the end of May. He will be helping the Nigeria office with their trainings during that time. Pray that he gets an empty row on the plane for his flights so that he can get sleep on his flights as well as be distant from others.

Pray that God would provide a volunteer to coordinate our Spring Fundraiser.

Pray for health and healing for Dara and Mercy. They both continue to have ongoing medical issues. Pray for Dara’s breathing trouble to be resolved. Dara still needs a clear diagnosis in order to make strides towards recovery.

Pray for wisdom as we prepare our 2020 year-end donation summaries for mailing. We plan to mail them out tomorrow.

Pray for wisdom as we prepare our 2020 annual report as well as our January 2021 prayer letter that we will be mailing out later this week.

This afternoon we will be recording our second FFICM podcast. Pray that the recording would go well and that the end result would be encouraging to people as they listen to all that God is doing through their partnership with this ministry and that God would be glorified in all that we do.

Pray for the meeting that Rich and David have with an Ethipian pastor here in Portland, OR on Friday. The pastor is excited about the possibility of using FFICM’s materials in the Ethiopian Oromo language to train his Ethiopian congregation in new believer follow-up using their own language! There are very few good spiritual materials and resources available in their language.

We praise God for FFICM USA Director of Communications Dara Searcy-Gardner who celebrates her birthday this week! Pray that God would continue to provide wisdom to Dara as she has a big responsibility with this organization while also caring for her two young children at home.

Rich Gardner’s daughter Lydia in California has coronavirus. Pray for quick healing.

Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ January 25
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Praise and Prayer ~ January 18th

Nigeria:

  • Please pray for protection from coronavirus which has been increasing in Nigeria. 
  • Pray for Zainab as she trusts God to start leading a cohort of trainees by the end of this month. She’s working on preparing a venue. She has doubled the number of trainees (from 200 to 500!). Praise God!
  • Please pray for Joy (Zainab’s cousin) who is having a serious kidney problem (she can’t urinate). She’s receiving dialysis and waiting for a surgery. Her blood pressure is also causing her serious problems. She almost died, but thank God that she’s still living. On top of her health problems, last week Joy’s husband abandoned her after 15 years of marriage and remarried suddenly. Joy has two children (one is a girl age 15) whom she can’t care for so they’re considering living with their father who is not a good person. 
  • Pray for protection, deliverance, and wisdom for Zainab’s friend whose husband has been beating her severely. Pray that the police are helpful to her when she calls them. 
  • Zainab’s birthday is coming up on January 28th! Praise God for her life! 
  • Peter Wash is planning to host a training in February or March. 
  • Praise God that Peter’s daughter started at university! She’s been waiting for admission for the past four years to a public school, and was finally admitted to a private school so this is a miraculous gift, especially the provision of financial assistance given the high cost of tuition. 
  • Pray for the MBB conference committee that will be meeting this week on Thursday as they continue to plan for the upcoming conference. Pray for the MBB section of the ministry. Pray for wisdom and direction regarding the right people to work with. Pray for guidance regarding the radio and TV programs. Pray that many would come to God’s saving grace through these programs. 
  • Pray for Rick Cordell who will be traveling to Nigeria, leaving next week and will be there for four months. Please pray for the timing of his COVID test before he goes. Pray for Rick’s housing situation in Jos since it’s still uncertain.
  • Pray that the preparations for the new FFICM-Nigeria office would be quickly completed. They hope to be able to move into their new office within the next week.

Ethiopia:

  • Pray for training that Eskinder is doing in southern Ethiopia this week. He arrived today at the location of the training and the training will start tomorrow. They expect over 100 leaders to be at the training.
  • Eskinder has three women who will be training 20 women in how to follow-up new believers. The women specifically wanted women to train them. Praise God that there are more and more women who really want the training in how to follow-up new believers.
  • Eskinder plans to travel to Waleso to train 100 church leaders. One representative will come from each church. Praise God that these churches share the passion and willingness to learn about new believer follow-up!
  • Pray for the ongoing conflict between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia. There continues to be fighting along the border and unrest due to the dam that Ethiopia has built among other issues. 
  • Praise: Eskinder has found a possible good vehicle that we can buy to be used by the ministry there. Rich will be looking at it with Eskinder and, Lord willing, they will buy it while Rich is there. Pray for wisdom to know if this is the best vehicle. Praise God for the funds that have been given for this vehicle and for all the generous people who contributed!
  • Continue to pray that Eskinder would be able to get an internet connection at his house. He has been waiting many months for this.

USA:

  • Rich’s Ethiopia trip (Friday February 5th – Monday February 22nd)
    • Pray that the timing of Rich’s COVID test pre-travel to Ethiopia goes smoothly (unlike the stress of the delayed COVID test results from Rich’s last Ethiopia trip!)
    • The first week Rich will be helping train 20 potential national trainers from different language groups at a center near Addis Ababa. The second week they will be training 60-80 pastors, evangelists and church leaders in evangelism and follow-up, including at least 5 of the people from the first week who will be mentored by Rich and Eskinder in training using our materials.
  • Praise God for the successful Missions ConneXion conference this past weekend. We had a good number of participants at the workshops in our track, and there were a number of people who signed up for our prayer letters. There was also an organization that does a lot of work in Egypt and the Middle East who is interested in partnering with us. Pray for wisdom as we talk to them about the possibility of working with them in the future.
  • Pray for David as he continues his classes for his Master’s Degree. He is now in the second week of his third class.
  • Praise God for the new church that has committed to partnering with FFICM financially.
  • Pray that God would provide someone to coordinate our Spring Fundraiser.
  • Pray for health and healing for Dara and Mercy. They both continue to have ongoing medical issues. Pray for Dara’s breathing trouble to be resolved. Dara still needs a clear diagnosis in order to make strides towards recovery.
  • Pray for David’s mother-in-law as she continues to wait for her back surgery. She has a virtual consultation with the doctors this week to go over her x-rays. Pray that the needed surgery will be able to be scheduled soon.
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ January 18th
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Praise and Prayer ~ January 11

Dear Prayer Partners, Thank you for your faithful partnership as we enter a new year! We are grateful to God for continuing to lead us towards ever greater impact. We also grieve with the Nigerian families who have been devastated by the kidnappings, which have become increasingly lethal. Please join us in prayer for God’s protection and for God to establish justice in Nigeria.

May the Lord grant you and your families peace as you trust God’s presence and grace in your lives.

Nigeria:

  • Pray for the ongoing plans for the MBB and HBB 2021 conferences. The committee is meeting for the MBB conference tomorrow. The FFICM Nigeria director Peter Wash has traveled to a neighboring state for that meeting.
  • Thank God for this past weekend. The Anglican church is interested in being trained by us in how to follow-up new believers
  • Praise God for Zainab! She continues to do follow-up with women in Nigeria. She is praying that God will give her 500 women who are believers in 2021 that she can take through our follow-up materials and provide vocational training for them as well. 
  • Pray for safety and protection from kidnappers. The kidnappings have increased in Nigeria. In Kaduna state, a friend of a pastor friend of Zainab’s was kidnapped and the family did not pay the ransom so his organs were sold for the money and his corpse was given back to the family. Pray for peace and safety. Pray that the kidnappings will stop in Nigeria.
  • Pray for the FFICM Nigeria office as they prepare to move into their new office. We praise God for his provision of this larger office for them as they continue to expand their work in 2021.

Ethiopia:

  • Pray for Eskinder and the ministry in Ethiopia. 
  • Pray that God would stop the spread of coronavirus there.
  • Keep praying for peace in Ethiopia and North Sudan. The Ethiopia government seems to be handling the situation well, but the situation is complex.
  • Next week they are starting a training in Ethiopia if the coronavirus in that area isn’t too bad. The people are eager to be trained.
  • Eskinder’s son Nathan is preparing to go to university tomorrow. Pray that he does well in university.
  • Pray for wisdom as Eskinder looks for a vehicle for our work there in Ethiopia. We praise God that almost all the funds that we thought would be needed have come in. Once a vehicle is identified we will know the exact cost. 
  • Genet church denomination is asking FFICM to train their pastors and other leaders. Pray for wisdom as we work to respond to the many requests for training from different churches and church leaders in Ethiopia.

USA:

  • Rick Cordell goes to Nigeria two weeks from today. Pray for safety for his travel. He will be in Nigeria for four months. 
  • Rick’s eye surgery went well. Please continue to pray for his healing post-surgery. 
  • Praise God for the financial support that Rick Cordell received over the Christmas holiday. 
  • Mission Connexion 2021 will be this weekend (the 15th in the evening and 16th all day)! Missionary speakers will share on significant topics. FFICM will be leading the workshop track on discipleship basics. 

www.MissionConnecxion.com 

http://missionconnexion.com/mc2021/ https://missionconnexion.com/mc2021/exhibitor/ffic/ 

  • David started his third class in his Master’s degree today! Pray that he would know how to manage his time well with classes, work with the office, and family.
  • Pray for wisdom and direction for the young couple from the Portland area who are considering joining FFICM as International Trainers. Pray that God would also raise up others so we can continue to expand our impact for God’s Kingdom.
  • Pray for Rich’s plans to visit Ethiopia in February for two weeks. 
  • David’s mother-in-law is going to have back surgery next week. Pray that all goes well and that the healing would be quick. She has had debilitating pain that often keeps her in bed all day.
  • Continue praying for healing for our US Communications Director Dara Searcy-Gardner and for our former Communications intern Mercy McVicker as they both struggle with ongoing, debilitating health issues.
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ January 11
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Praise and Prayer ~ January 4

Happy New Year to all our Prayer Partners! 

Thank you for continuing to join us in prayer as we enter a new year. Below you will find the prayer requests by region as reported by our staff and ministry partners. We are grateful for your participation in God’s work through FFICM’s global outreach in Nigeria and Ethiopia. May God bless you and your homes with grace through every circumstance in 2021. 

Ethiopia 

Prayer for the training will be held on Jan 18-22. About 120 people are expected from local churches. New Ethiopian staff member Ayele will be helping. 

The Sudanese military, which is collaborating with the Egyptians, invaded northern Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government is negotiating. We need to pray for those negotiations and for peace. 

Many killings in Northern Ethiopia. The federal government had solved the issue with the Tigray people wanting to separate, but the attackers (the Tigre people, a group which used to be in ruling power) are continuing to kill people there while wearing Ethiopia military uniforms, and blaming them. The situation is complicated, but the major prayer request is for peace in Ethiopia in the midst of all the fighting and struggle.

Pray for continued planning for the big conference that will be coming 25-28 March 2021. They are working on finalizing the location for the upcoming conference for 15,000 there in Southern Ethiopia.

The training event in Sudan which will be held in April. We need to print books. Please pray for the preparation process. 

Pray for the remaining $5,000 needed for the vehicle purchase there in Ethiopia.

Nigeria  

Praise God for seeing us through this new year. 

This week has been dedicated to prayer in the Nigeria-FFICM office. Prayer from 8-10, then break, pray again at 12. We pray for the activities for this year, especially for the conferences and trainings. 

We are praying for safety for the traveling because travel is becoming increasingly unsafe due to kidnapping. The kidnappers attack people associated with foreign partners (like our FFICM-Nigeria team members!). 

Last year, we had significant health challenges – Valentine’s children, Sam’s family, and Margaret (Peter’s wife). We are praying for everyone’s health. Praise God for Sam’s healing, for healing for Valentine’s children, and for healing Margaret’s sickness. 

We are praying for new openings with Fellowship of Christian Students. They want us to train their students. We are praying that God would give us open doors. We want to work with churches locally too and are praying for more invitations. 

There will be a planning meeting for the HBB conference which will be held in January and the conference in Jalingo (no date set yet). 

Pray for the final preparations of the new office space for the team there in Nigeria. It was supposed to be ready by January 1, 2021, but still needs to be painted and needs some electrical work. Pray for wisdom as we negotiate with the landlord about the completion of the repairs of the new office.

Pray for the FFICM Nigeria board of trustees as they meet and work on plans for 2021.

Pray for the ongoing TV and radio programs in Nigeria that are being aired on 4 radio stations and 2 TV stations. 

USA

Rick is flying to Nigeria for a four month trip, working with FFICM and other partners there.

Pray for Rick’s eye surgery that will be happening this morning in a few hours.

Continue to pray for our Murdock Grant application. We expect to hear a decision next month.

Continue to pray for Dara and Mercy’s health. Dara had to go to the emergency room again this past week. Pray for wisdom for the doctors as they try to figure out her various health issues that seem to be eluding the doctors.

Pray for David’s mother-in-law who has been in severe pain and hasn’t hardly been able to get out of bed the past few days. She is waiting to see a back doctor and probably needs surgery again, but hasn’t been able to get in to the doctor due to doctors being out of the office for the holidays. 

Pray for Courtney as she starts classes again this week and David as he starts his next class for his Master’s degree next week.

Pray for wisdom as David works on getting all the year-end donations processed and the year-end donation summaries processed and sent out. We praise God for all the prayers and finances that he provided in 2020 in the midst of all the other challenges.

Continue to pray for the recruitment of new International Trainers for FFICM. We hope to add 2 or 3 new International Trainers in 2021. 

Pray for continued preparation for the Mission ConneXion conference that will be held on January 15th and 16th. Pray for Rich’s preparation for the lecture/discussion he will host during the event. Pray also that we would have many good contacts at our virtual display at the event.

Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ January 4
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Praise and Prayer ~ December 28

We met virtually for the last time in 2020 to focus on worshiping God with thanksgiving for God’s steadfast faithfulness during an especially hard year.

Thank you to Ken Keeley, our board secretary, for leading us in a devotional meditation from John 14. Ken reminded us that we may not have felt close to God due to the trials of the year, but as believers we can be certain that God is our constant companion. We have confidence in God’s presence with us. 

We will rely on God for what will come in 2021. As we meditate on what we’re grateful for, we remember God’s faithfulness, in the midst of our trials, loss, grief, and suffering. Amen.

At the end of  a deeply challenging year, we want to express our gratitude and remember God’s faithfulness.

God, thank you for: 

  • FFICM’s continued impact and growth despite the pandemic. 
  • David began his Master’s degree (and the finances came in for this program). 
  • David’s in-laws have moved to live with him (including the building of their tiny home!). 
  • The ECSA accreditation of FFICM was completed. 
  • Additional volunteers at the FFICM office.
  • Our intern staff (Mercy and Courtney!) who greatly blessed FFICM’s home office (video production and communications).
  • Increasing in the number of donors at FFICM.
  • All the paperwork was submitted for the Murdock Trust grant.
  • Helping us to be creative when we couldn’t do ministry and fundraising the way we used to. We always want to remember to be creative even when the pandemic ends. 
  • The generosity of our ministry partners who still gave despite the financial stress of the year. 
  • Helping us persevere in our attitude of service to the Lord during this time of disruption. 
  • Helping us look after those in need. FFICM developed a hardship fund for those without food in Nigeria and will continue to maintain it. 
  • Digital communication that helped us maintain personal relationships virtually. 
  • For the humility and compassion of those who committed to wear masks to protect our loved ones. 
  • Making us better people and followers of Jesus through the trials we endured because of the pandemic.
  • The money raised for the car for the Ethiopia team (thus far we have received $30,000 out of $35,000!). 
  • For Dara’s perseverance despite debilitating sickness, for the doctors who have given her good medicine and have provided wise direction, and for the family and friends who have been praying without ceasing for Dara’s healing. 
  • For our partnership with FFICM-Nigeria. 
    • For Peter, our director, and his family! Praise for Peter’s family achievements: his second daughter graduated secondary school and his oldest son completed primary school (God has seen them through those stages of life); 
    • For Margaret, Peter’s wife: for her survival through great sickness; for the dreams and visions about Margaret’s upcoming sickness that alerted Peter’s family to pray. We continue to trust God for her complete healing, for wisdom from doctors, and for provision for the family. 
  • FFICM- Nigeria thanks God because we were able to work together even in the midst of a pandemic. Thank God for the trainings we were able to conduct this year. Thank God for the TV program which gave us the opportunity to impact Muslims. Through the TV program we can answer questions that Muslims are wondering about but would not ask openly. Thank God for FFICM-Nigeria’s additional staff!
Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ December 28
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Praise and Prayer ~ December 21

Prayers for our Nigeria partners: 
As we celebration of Jesus’ birth this Christmas, please pray for protection for our brothers and sisters who are at increased risk of attack from their Muslim neighbors. 

Please pray for Margaret, the wife of Peter, our FFICM-Nigeria Director. Last week she suffered excessive, undiagnosed bleeding. She is doing better after having received some medication. She is getting tested for various illnesses since the cause of her sickness is unknown. Pray for her complete healing and for an accurate diagnosis. 

The FFICM-Nigeria staff has increased beyond the capacity of the current office (Praise God for additional staff!). Pray that the new office space is ready in time for the Nigeria staff to move. The new office space needs major reconstruction and repair before it is habitable. The repairs are not complete yet, but the current lease may end before the new space is available!

Praise God that the father of one of our of our lead trainers (Sam) was baptized! Prayer for protection for him as he begins his new life following Jesus. 

Comfort is having a problem with some pastors she trained. Pray for safety and protection during the outreach.

Praise God that a person came from FES in Jalingo to learn from FFICM to train students in elementary schools. 

Rick Cordell has set up trainings in Abuja for January. Rick is also organizing a discipleship class. Pray also for Rick Cordell’s housing for next year. 

Prayers for our Ethiopia partners: 
Pray for our outreach in the Tigre area. FFICM has hosted follow-up training in this area and has translated FFICM materials into the Tigrina language. Now we need to find a leader (a pastor or evangelist) to be the director of the local training efforts. A local leader will better understand how to communicate the gospel effectively and disciple the local church as it grows.

Prayer for the conference hosted by FFICM at the end of March. The church is expecting 15000 in attendance. Trainers are working hard to prepare. Many Christians in that area are losing their faith because of the prevalence of the prosperity gospel and animism. They will train a whole congregation. We need to print more books!

Prayer for the onboarding of Ayele, our newest member of the Ethiopia partner team. He has completed FFICM’s training program and recently been mentored by Rich and Eskandir to be a head trainer. 

Pray for the people who just received FFICM’s training in the Hamer area. The people are calling for more follow-up materials. It’s expensive to print as many as we need, but it’s essential to get them the materials so they can grow! 

Pray for our outreach efforts to a country nearby Ethiopia in a predominantly Muslim area. We’re working to prepare materials and get a training organized for Spring 2021. 

Prayers for our U.S. team: 
Please be praying for Dara (FFICM’s Communications Director) who needs complete healing from her 10 month struggle with debilitating sickness. Please pray for healing and for wisdom for her doctors. 

Please continue to pray for our grant application to the Murdock Trust which is pending its final review by the Trust in February. 

Pray that Lydia (Rich’s daughter) is protected from COVID-19 since she was exposed to someone who tested positive. 

Praise God that David’s first semester of his master’s program is ending well. David is already implementing strategies he learned from his coursework to improve FFICM’s U.S. office operations!

Pray for the first FFICM podcast recording which will happen today. 

Susanna BallardPraise and Prayer ~ December 21
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