Our Story

“My heart aches for people around the world who don’t know Christ and live with guilt, anger, and the crushing weight of their past mistakes. I want them to experience the joy, forgiveness, freedom, and love of walking hand-in-hand with God.”

Richard Gardner

Why do people leave christ?

On average, only 6% of converts from evangelistic crusades have held onto their faith a year after making a commitment to Christ – if they didn’t receive good follow-up right away.
Why? Only God knows whether a person’s initial surrender to Christ was heartfelt and true. However, tragically, one of the most prevalent reasons for new believers abandoning their faith is also the most preventable – lack of follow-up. All too often new believers simply do not receive the mentoring in faith that they need.

During FFICM’s president and founder, Rich Gardner’s, 27 years as a missionary, he helped men and women in Nigeria read about God’s love for them by translating the New Testament into their own language of Afizere. During that time, he saw Christian outreach events where hundreds of people would come forward to dedicate their lives to Jesus. Sadly, in many areas, very few of those that committed their lives to Christ followed through on their decision.

He knew we had to help these lost and hurting people. Like sheep without a shepherd, they lacked anyone to lead them to what they hungered for. Left alone, they wandered away into the unknown.

The answer wasn’t hard. But he couldn’t do it alone. “Train them,” God seemed to say to him. “Show them what it means to have a relationship with Me, not to follow a religion.”Rich and people God brought alongside him began to work together to develop a strategy, not just to evangelize, but to follow-up with new believers so that they would have a strong and lifelong relationship with Jesus.”