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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fiery Trials and Protective Miracles: Muslim background believers
These are a few of the incredible testimonies of former Muslims turned evangelist we have had the privilege of training! For safety reasons we cannot use pictures or disclose the countries that they are in, but these powerful stories deserve to be told. Glory be to God for His work in their lives! Evangelist 1: […]
Praise and Prayer ~ Strong Together in Spirit
Nigeria Praise Peter’s training with the recovering substance abusers from the forests outside Jos is going well! Many of them are praying actively for jobs, as they are turning to substance abuse out of hopelessness. Pray with them, and pray that they may find more brothers and sisters in their local churches to help support […]
Diaspora ~ Pastor Yisa and the prayer that saved a life
Rich and Pastor Yisa pictured above Cameroon is experiencing a lot of internal unrest and terrible violence these past few months. The city where we held the large conference and training, Belo, has been at the epicenter of the worst recent confrontations between the military and rebels and is now a ghost town and Anyadua, […]
Peter’s report– Jalingo and Plateau trainings, and many more opportunities!
The ministry staff went to see the Bishop of the Lutheran Church (his deputy was among those we trained at the RCCN Jalingo) and he highly recommended our training materials and strategy for his denomination. The bishop was impressed and said he wanted us to train all the pastors, evangelists, and leaders in his diocese. […]
Praise and Prayer May 14th–a warning for Cameroon, thousands more clamoring to be trained in Nigeria
Praise and Prayer May 14th Nigeria: Praise United Methodist Church of Nigeria would like us to train all 2,000 of their pastors, and the Evangelical Church Winning All wants us to train 250 pastors from Taraba state, and we have two more major denominations who are in conversation with us! Samuel Pom finished his seminary […]
May 7th, Praise and Prayer!
Praise and Prayer ~ May 7, 2018 Nigeria: Praise for the success of the trainings we planned in April! for the safety of the trainees and trainers as they traveled northern Nigeria and Lagos. Peter and Rich met with and designated people to begin organizing a conference for 1000 Muslim background believers Rick and Osang […]
Light in the Darkness: Evangelism, Follow-up, and prayer in Lagos prisons
Rick and Osang finished the training for the prison fellowship members in Lagos today! There were over 40 chaplains and volunteers representing four different prisons. There were a wide range of denominations represented—Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, all eager to learn to evangelize and follow-up with new believers. Because of the terrible traffic in Lagos, their time […]
Praise and Prayer ~ April 30
Nigeria: Praise Deeply impressed with reports from the COCIN (Church of Christ in Nigeria) young adult leaders on the FFICM training, the general secretary wants Peter and Rich to present to the leadership for the whole church, so that they can mobilize all the leadership in COCIN to be trained in evangelism and follow-up. We […]
Prayer and Praise April 23 ~ Jalingo training
USA— Praise David Moore is back safely from his trip to Indonesia! Susanna Ballard will be able to join us for an internship this summer. Thank God for the work he will do through her. Dara and Ian’s son Carsten will be dedicated this coming Sunday! Prayer for resources for more support staff and trainers […]
COCIN youth training–Peter Wash’s report!
About a year ago the vice president of COCIN, Rev. Obed Dashan, met with Rick Cordell, one of our staff, and they talked about how we could use FFICM’s materials and training to benefit their churches. He referred Rick immediately to the national coordinator of COCIN youth ministries, who was instantly excited about working with […]
April 17 Prayer and Praise from the team!
Nigeria: Praise Thank God for the training in Vom! The youth leadership is extremely committed. Continue to pray for them as they train others who could not make it to the training ground. We had a good week with our prospective new head trainers, Mwanta and Samuel! A twelve year old boy went along with […]
Prayer and Praise: FFICM finishing strong March 2018!
Prayer Requests and Praise, March 26th 2018 Nigeria Prayer Samuel Fom’s wife is sick. She is pregnant and overworked herself. She fell ill and felt pain in her womb. Her name is Jessica. Rick asks for continued prayers as he is still speaking in classes at Gindiri Theological Seminary. There […]
Rich thanks you, for your support and prayers on the most recent trip to Cameroon and Ethiopia!
Prayer for our Teams
Every Monday our available team members across the US, Nigeria, and Ethiopia (and sometimes other locations as they travel) call in, share prayer requests, and lift one another up! We would like to share those prayer requests with you and ask you, as you feel led, to lift us up as well! Nigeria: There are […]
Starting Strong–Peter’s Report
FFICM started the year with prayer and fasting on Thursday January 4th; we met with those we are training to join the organization as well as the volunteers. We prayed to thank God for the past year and for the programs we have organized for this year, and for God’s protection also to enable us […]
On February 8th, Rich will leave for Nigeria, and Peter will pick him up from the airport to take him to Jos. The week in Nigeria will be packed! Not only will Rich and Peter will work to get the updated follow-up materials translated into Hausa and English and formatted with the new artwork, but […]
The Transformation of Rashalang
Last year, December 2016, Peter organized a training in his home town, Rashalang, at a local church. The church leaders and members that they trained did an evangelistic outreach in the village, and started a new church in August of 2017! They invited us to come back and teach the new members the basic follow-up […]
Ministry on the Go: Siberia Edition!
Rich and Carl flew to Moscow and traveled to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where they were planning to regroup before going on to a remote location called Ungut to conduct a training for thirty local pastors. While in Krasnoyarsk, they discovered that the man who had been responsible for organizing the training (and Roman had met twice […]
Adventures in Kansk
Kansk is a beautiful town on the edge of the river Kan–a river which was once the site of a terrible battle, after which legend has it, the river tasted of blood for many years. Now the river Kan is a peaceful city where a pastor and his family hosted Sarina, Rich, and Roman in Kansk […]
Nigeria Evangelism conference 2017!
The Nigeria evangelism conference was a powerful time—The conference was held in a building that seated 1,000, but there were 2000-2500 additional people outside! The theme of the conference was, “The True Gospel”. Each of the speakers spoke about the nature of the true gospel, and warned about alternative gospels (such as the prosperity gospel […]
Bonga is an economically depressed area far out in the wilderness, where there is no running water. They ended up changing accommodations mid-trip, because half the team got tired of having only Rich’s old coffee pot to heat water to bathe with! Animism is the main competing religion to Christianity; the evangelists from the area […]
Eyasu’s report: trainees to reach 2,667!
Our training went very well by God’s grace, though it was so exhausting! Rich’s commitment is very encouraging. I’ve known him since 2007, studying together at Western Seminary, and the more I know him the more I see his commitment and strength. We had two trainings in two weeks.The first week we trained 81 evangelists. […]
Peter’s report: Taraba
In May we went to Takum, where the headquarters of CRCN and RCCN are located, to conduct a refresher training for those we trained in October of last year. Some of the leadership of the churches and denominations were there. The leadership of New life for All also participated throughout the training. This refresher training […]
God’s people rise from the ashes
The Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa Nigeria-EYN (Church of the Brethren) headquarters is at Kwarhi, roughly 10 kilometers from Mubi, a town that was destroyed by the Boko Haram fighters. We were 30 minutes from the Sambisa forest, which is the location the Boko Haram operate from. Most of the churches, if not all, in the town had […]
More on the Mbingo, Cameroon training–Peter Wash
The training at Mbingo was a huge success with a good number of attendants. It took us by surprise, as the number of trainees we expected was 100, but the leadership in Mbingo begged that others be allowed to come in, so in the end we had over 200 participants. The first day was the […]
Nigeria Advanced Training and Testimonies from Cameroon–from Peter Wash’s report
We started the year by receiving news of the wonderful results of the trainings FFICM has run in the past year. Then, after one week of prayer and fasting, we held a one week training in Jos for those who lead trainings. People all over the world flew into Jos. We had Richard Gardner and […]
Safe arrival in Bamenda, and a flood of eager trainees
We praise God for our team’s safe arrival in Cameroon! It was a difficult journey. The temperature on the trip soared above 100 degrees, and they could not make almost any stops because of the danger of kidnapping. The team sounds exhausted from dehydration during the journey, but thankfully the location where they are now are […]
Sunny’s follow-up with our devoted trainees in Niger
Sunday Mallam, our Trainer and Organizer, recently took a trip to Niger to follow-up with those that we had trained last year. He asked each trainee a number of questions geared towards finding out what their needs are, and how we can continue to improve our trainings. Here are some of their replies: Reverend H.– The […]