God’s Mercy to the North ~ Peter’s Report on the FFICM/ITEC training

The FFICM staff team went north for the training of the leaders, pastors and members of some of the discipleship centers that we are working with. Pictured below is a center where Sarah* (the leader) has some Muslim background believers, and the Maguzawa who are looking for a safe place to stay from their family […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 27

Nigeria  Sam’s baby Josiah is healed! Praise God! Praise God that the Nigeria team is now safely in Jos, praise God for safe travels and a successful program! Nearly every one of the trainees left certified in some skill. Some were able to learn more than others, so prayers for those who were disappointed that […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 22nd

Nigeria:  Comfort asks for prayer for the villages of Lassa, Dille, and Tarpaya, that are all under attack by the Boko Haram, and no one is coming to their aid! Please pray for mercy for them. In her words, the situation for those vulnerable villages is this, “If you can run and escape good, if […]

Understanding Christian love in the midst of Nigeria’s ethnic cleansing

“Love conquers, more than violence…the word of God is pushing us to love them, even though they are doing what is not right to us, we are compelled” (Peter Wash, Nigeria Director, Firm Foundations) Christians in northern Nigeria (where Nigeria Director Peter Wash lives) suffer near-incessant massacres at the hands of both Fulani Muslim militants […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 13-20

Cameroon Please continue to pray for peace for the country between the English speaking region and the French speaking region, that God would change the hearts of those in power.  Please continue to pray for healing for Florence and also for her husband! Pray for the young evangelists in Mbingo and the new believers that […]

Loving like Jesus

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 6-12

Praise and Prayer Nigeria This next week FFICM starts their training for Muslim background believers in Kano! There are 60 people registered. We have four staff members who will be up there running the training, please pray for safety in travel, and prayer for the trainees who will be there that the Holy Spirit prepares […]

Praise and Prayer ~ April 22-29

Nigeria Continue to pray for security in the country, they are experiencing relative peace in Jos! Tomorrow Comfort should be in Jos for the annual conference, she is currently traveling; pray for journey mercies for her.  Pray for open doors, more and more people are knowing what we do! An ECWA brigade in Jos is […]

“I never knew that the Holy Spirit was with me”

Dear Friends, Here are some of the written reflections from trainees from recent trainings! “I must wake up to be more serious about having my quiet time alone with God” “I want to put to death my sins, rather than “putting them in prison.” “Prayer will give me boldness to witness.” “I must approach the […]

Prayer and Praise ~ April 11

Nigeria:  The date for the surgery for Samuel’s little boy, Josiah, keeps getting changed, it is now supposed to be the 17th of April. Samuel is going to talk to the doctor to make sure they are being upfront with him about all of the medical information, pray for grace and truth! Peter and Rick […]

Modern Day Paul and the Muslim World

In the New Testament we read the story of Saul, a religious extremist who persecuted Christians. While on his way to Damascus to take violent acts against Christians, Saul heard the voice of Jesus in a bright light and was blinded. After speaking with a disciple in Damascus, he was converted from an enemy of […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 27th

  Nigeria Praise God, 100 people came to Christ as a result of the outreach in Gindiri, they are being followed up! We also got a lot of written feedback from the students. Pray for wisdom as the students stategize how to reach the area. Local elections were re-conducted, because the people in power didn’t […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 18

Nigeria: Peter, Rick, and Michael Osang are conducting a training starting today at Gindiri Theological Seminary with around 120 students. They have gone out to evangelize this evening. Prayer them as they grow, and for the team as they minister! The former sheik and Ishaku Pate is on another journey to follow up with MBBs! […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 12

Nigeria:  During the election people were afraid to move around in Maiduguri, now that the election results have been announced people have been able to go around the city. Pray for peace and for relief from the attacks on the Boko Haram.  Praise God that the set-up for the collaborative training with Steve Saint’s organization […]

Prayer and Praise ~ March 4th

  Cameroon Pray for the ongoing crisis in Cameroon, and also for Florence’s team of volunteers in Mbingo! Praise God that the roads are open, and patients are able to come into the hospital.  Florence is busy farming as well as training. Pray for protection for her and those that are at risk in the […]

Prayer and Praise ~ February 11th

  Nigeria The former sheik and Ishaku are traveling to Jalingo this week to check on MBB converts; particularly two new converts, to discern what would be the best course of action for their situation. Pray for them for safe travel! They hope to be back in Jos by Friday. Last week the Nigeria team […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 4th

Ethiopia:  We are expecting about 20 pastors from Eritrea, 20 from the refugee camps. Pray for those who are coming from Eritrea, they are hoping to cross the border on foot.  Everything for the training is in order! Praise God for blessing on the preparation efforts. The security issues around Bonga and Hawassa are getting […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 28th

  Nigeria: Rich, Peter and the team met with Muslim Background Believers for 3 hours! Some are those that the former sheik led to the Lord only a few weeks ago. Please pray for them as some of them have come from very intense situations. We discovered of our workers planted a church in Jalingo; […]

Living Hope

Cameroon -Pray for hospital. Currently at only 20% capacity due to unrest in the area. Roads around there are constantly being closed. People are dying at home and not able to go to hospital. -They are being told that February will be worse that January in the English speaking areas of Cameroon. There will not […]

The Cross by Night

  Praise and Prayer Nigeria Peter’s wife started taking the drugs for her illness three days ago; as of yesterday there has been a great improvement! She’s feeling great relief for the pain in her abdomen! Praise God and pray for her continued healing. The former sheik and Ishak Pate left for Bali! They’re going […]

Praise and Prayer December 18th!

  Nigeria:  Praise Sam is safe after his travels! Our friend and partner, Nuhu, the head of NLFA needed a serious eye-surgery, it has been successful, and he is back in Jos! Praise God for journey mercies to Nassarawa state; we now have an open door with ECWA. They want us to train all their […]

Praise and Prayer December 11!

Nigeria:  Praise Comfort and her friends were able to do an outreach last week, and came back Monday safely! They came through Bama, and went to Nchikka, Gwoza, Goza. Praise God for protecting them and for their ministry! The former sheik has been able to meet with 8 of the new converts whose lives were […]

A Word from Florence

  THE WORD BECAME FLESH The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (Immanuel) God with us (St. John 1:14) For God so love the world, that He made His dwelling among men. In Christ, Jesus was the totality of God (Col. 2:9.) For the God of all creation so loved the world […]

Praise and Prayer November 20th; Thanks in Great Trial!

Nigeria: Praise Thanks be to God, we have been able to hire someone who specializes in working with Muslim background believers! Rick was able to talk to the chapel and Gindiri Theological Seminary, and ask how many needed new materials who had already been trained, and several raised their hands; we dropped off materials for […]

Praise and Prayer November 12!

  Nigeria: Praise Ron and Rick are having a great time in Gindiri! Good interaction with students. We have 17 new MBBs who resulted from the Bali outreach! Prayer Pray for Maiduguri, several villages attacked after the government killed Boko Haram members.  Comfort is running a training and planning on going out to evangelize and […]

Reason and Rhyme

  All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien Legalists of both the liberal and conservative variety treat truth similarly; as though it were a collection of facts that we […]

Praise and Prayer October 29th!

  Nigeria: Praise Peter’s house could have burned down. His daughter accidentally left something on the stove when they went out for the evening, but a neighbor saw the pot smoking and broke in through the window to put out the fire. Praise God that his family and home are all safe! The 600 evangelists […]

Praise and Prayer Oct 23rd!

Nigeria: Praise For safe travel for the Nigeria team to Bali There are two trainees in Bali who are interested in coming onto the team as trainers! It would be wonderful to have two trainers in that location. Prayer In a village in Kaduna yesterday, 55 people were killed, and the chief and his family […]

Praise and Prayer October 15th!

Nigeria: Praise That everyone is currently safe! Prayer There is still killing, Peter’s wife just called to warn him there’s trouble in Jos Jarawa again. On Bauchi road, a group of Muslims has taken over, is stopping cars, taking the Christians out and killing them, and Ishaku Pate has to travel on this road! Ruth’s […]

September Ministry ~ Peter Wash

    We had a trainers’ training from the 6th – 8th of September. We had people from Cameroon, and Comfort from Maiduguri, Jonah and Jacob from Jalingo, Mwanta from Nassarawa, Sunday and Benjamin from NLFA, and some pastors of COCIN then volunteers working with us. We specifically trained on how to teach people in […]

Prayer and Praise October 9th!

  Nigeria: Praise baby Josiah (Sam and Jessica’s son) is doing better! The MBB conference went very well and everyone got there safe! The training in Abuja was a success, and the ECWA church was so grateful for it they donated 200,000 Niara to the ministry as a thank-you! killings have abated somewhat in Maiduguri […]

Praise and Prayer Sept 24th

  Nigeria   Praise God heard our prayers for cooler weather! The team in Jalingo is experiencing relief from the heat Comfort and Peter are going with teams of pastors to evangelize this evening! Praise God that the UMCN has done an excellent job mobilizing their pastors for this training, and they are eager to […]

What does it mean to Abide?

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from […]

Praise and Prayer August 27th!

Ethiopia Praise Pastor Jacob reported that the students led 2,299 people to the Lord, with an additional 2,258 who have promised they will come to church (and we today received a report that many are following through with that desire!) Eyasu has sent 400-500 requested copies of follow-up materials for the training to Hawassa! Pray […]

A Better Word ~ facing the horror of evil with the heart of God

” But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to […]

Praise and Prayer August 20th!

Nigeria Praise We might have found a venue for the conference, the national youth center is willing to host us. However, they need to find another venue for their youth (who were planning on using the center at that time) so pray they will find one! Comfort has trained her friend Esther who is interested […]

Prayer and Praise!

  Nigeria Praise There was a bomb blast in Maiduguri, but God protected everyone, there were no casualties Fewer kidnapping and killings in Maiduguri, continue to pray! Peter’s wife is better, and has medication for hepatitis.  Samuel and Jessica had a baby boy Friday. Praise God for a safe delivery! Prayer Peter’s wife is feeling […]

God’s Field and God’s Building

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

Praise and Prayer End of July!

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

Wretchedness and Joy

“Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness. Jesus is a God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.” […]

Praise and Prayer July 23rd!

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

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

Praise and Prayer July 9th

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

July prayers for mercy and thanks for God’s faithfulness

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

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

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

Praise and Prayer mid June!

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

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

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

End of May: Praise and Prayer

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

Displaced and Dismayed: The Untold Refugee Story in Cameroon

Tension. Protests. Violence. Food shortage. Cameroon has been in a critical condition for the past few years. A country with two official languages, the English and French speaking populations have been at odds since 2016. It began when the English-speaking populous spoke out about their sense of oppression by the French-speaking populous. With only one […]