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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 mother tried to go back to her house, but the military moved them out of the house, they suspect that a local person killed a general and have been arresting people. Pray for the innocent, and that the situation is resolved!
  • Pray for Bali area, as we prepare for the training there! There are pockets of attacks around the villages, pray that all the attendees, and our team would be safe.

USA:

Praise

  • Janice’s 60th birthday went well!

Prayer

  • Rick needs prayer that a real estate deal goes through, because without it he can’t go over 1st of November .
  • Dara’s babysitter is moving to Mexico, pray she can find a trustworthy, loving person to care for her kids as she works!

Cameroon

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Praise

  • The violence around Mbingo has eased up! Some of the refugees have been able to return to Belo, and the hospital has been able to admit people again—during the worst of the crisis, they were only conducting a few outpatient appointments.
  • Our trainer, Hilda, who lost her father recently, is feeling thankful for the comfort that God has given, and that her father’s funeral went well.

Prayer

  • Pray that Florence’s visa is approved! She would love to go to her sister’s wedding, and we would all love to see her.
  • The pastor that hosted Peter in Anjadua, talked to him on the phone and told him that yesterday they killed about 21 youth—the military just goes to an area and attacks any man between the ages of 15-50.
  • Pray about possible January date for training!

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • For open borders between Ethiopia and Eritrea!

Prayer

  • Pray for communications issues with the Ethiopia team, that they’d be able to join us in prayer!
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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 knowledge, attitude, and practice and how to inspire them to want to follow God. There were 17 people, who all intend to train others when they return, some of them began immediately!

The following week was the International conference where pastors, evangelist and all church  workers are pulled together to a conference where they are encourage and mobilize on how to witness. People from Nigeria, Cameroun, and Niger Republic came. Our ministry is responsible for mobilizing the international guest speakers from abroad; we had 4 foreigners and the rest from within the country. They spoke of the cost of the gospel. They also had small groups where the participants could be taught on a more personal basis and also be trained on how to conduct follow-up with new believers. Our ministry was also involved in this aspect to train and provide the materials to those going to the outreach to enable them have what they will use during the outreach in Bali.  

The ministry went to the United Methodist Church of Nigeria, Jalingo and held a training which we had originally organized for three hundred pastors. We ended up giving materials to over 450 people, though some of them did not stay all through the training. This forced us to split the class into two (English and Hausa) to enable us have a proper communication and relationship in the presentation. This gave us better impact by having a smaller number of people in the class were listening to us.

The bishop came to the opening and declared the training open, and he left us to continue, and there were other leaders who continue to be with us throughout the period of the training. The bishop organized a dinner were he fed us and have time with us and so also the host Church where the training was taking place also prepare a meal for us in one of the nights.

The first two days which we are to go out for field practicals, there was rain on the first day, and on the second day more people went out and share with others. Some could even went and witness to Muslims which gave the joy and confidence in witnessing to others.

On the fifth day which we are to have the two last sessions and the review, there was another Episcopal conference where we had to stop by 9:30am to allow those that came for the meeting to continue. They met base on their conferences and came up with proposal on how they intent to go and implement what they have learn. Two conferences have already propose dates that they will want to continue the train their members and to begin to go out for outreaches.

TESTIMONIES

Isah said, I learned that I was called by God and my duty as a leader is to share whatever God has taught me. he added that he has been having problems on how to witness because he had only one idea of witnessing but this training has giving him another way of witnessing. I wish the days of the training could be more than the five days. He has set out two days in a week to witness and follow up with others.

Rev. Silas  said this training has helped me personally on how to put to death my sinful life and to live by faith. It has helped me on how to train others, build new believers in their faith. He intend to train members of his congregation on how to continue to build new believers. He also wish if we will organized this kind of training it should be in the dry season not the rainy season.

Daphee  said I learn that as a believer, challenges are there in my way to help me build up my faith in God and also strengthen me because the more I overcome them the more strength I got. The training has given me guidelines on how to teach my disciples the truth about their stand in the faith. He also learned how to teach the new believers on how to live for God. He then plans to be teaching his disciples more of this strategy on how to use the Gospel cards, to reach out to the Muslims.

Elizabeth  said that she has learned in her personal life how she can preach the word of God, this training has help her to approach people with the word of God.

Felix  also said he had learned how to reach the unbelievers with the gospel and how to be humble and sincere in loving others as Christ did. The training has awaking him on how to stand by the word of God. He also learns how to burst in the lord not with what he has or who he is. He plans to reach others with the gospel and continue to follow up the new believers and train them on how to reach out to others.

Ayuba learned that God love every one and cares for everyone  he is also merciful to everyone who believes in him, to him the training has encourage him to be faithful in his ministry as a pastor and obey what the word of God said to him , how he care for the church. He wish we could have been going out on the field practical’s where every one of them will be given the opportunity to witness. He intends to go and implement what he has learned.

John learned as a believer, he has passed from death to life and that has given him Joy to know that he has  great assurance that God who began this work of salvation will carry it to completion on the day of our lord Jesus Christ. This training has helped him to imitate Christ, and to be sincere and humble in living the Christian life, and not to grieve the Holy Spirit. He then advice us to have film show and play lets to draw the attention of people to what you intend to teach for the whole week. He has pan to train 250 youths in 1st – 3rd April 2019.

Godfree on his part said that he has learn how to approach the unbelievers and to talk to him or her about life, he also learn that God has chosen the unimportant people to use them as his instruments. He plans to start applying this training to his family members to some groups and he want to reach out to other people of different faith with the gospel. He wish we should keep organizing this program to strengthen their faith and then help them keep on with the work of evangelism.

Amos  learned the need to follow the new believer on how to care for the new believers not just to make decisions but to build them up to be matured in the faith. He as a leader needs to practice what he teaches, to share his experiences with others.

Gaius said, I receive a new knowledge and breakthrough on how to confront an unbeliever with the gospel and how to guide him to become matured in the faith. The training has helped me in a manner that I need to teach the members of my organization to be telling others the great news of Jesus Christ.

Danladi learned that following God is a great task that requires us to throw our bad past to be committed in following him. This training has helped me in my lifestyle as a Christian on how to deal with my old life by putting it to death.

Iliyasu   learn how to make disciples, how to preach to unbelievers to be build in the faith and follow Jesus. He then plans to go out to the unbelievers with the gospel.

Rev. Aminu said that he learned how to approach new converts; he had experience how to reach out with the gospel to the unbelievers. The training has improve his knowledge on how to love one another, he wish we had time to reach out with the gospel to different areas such as hospital, or prisons. He plans to organize this training within his local church.

Lydia learned how to show love and be compassionate to others and how to build new believers to grow in their faith. She plans to teach her children and neighbor.

Another said I learned a lot from the life of Jesus as he was humble, merciful, loving even to the 

Another one said that he has learn that the salvation that Jesus gave him to set him free from all bondage, he also learn how to preach to the unbelievers that Jesus is the only savior.

Most of them need more materials!

ECWA TARABA DCC

The next week we went for the training with The ECWA Taraba DCC where they have plan on having 130 people who had earlier signed for the training but because there were crisis in some of the villages which some of them could not leave their villages to come out so we ended up with about hundred participants.

We started on the first day with over eighty people which the DCC leaders were always present, the chairman, secretary, vice chairman and the assistant secretary. The local overseers, pastors and leaders from different groups were present.

Some of them who were able to go out for witnessing were so happy the way the training has help them to reach more than how they have been doing before because the pictures are simple to explain, the verses are there to guide one and the card also keep changing catch the attention of the person one is sharing with.

During the strategic planning, we ask them to sit based on their district to enable them come up with an action plan. Some have targeted places that they will be going out for outreaches in November, to April. So they will be organizing trainings, and outreaches to those places. They also request that they will need materials to start they training right away and if possible when they will be having a training, they will need one of our staff to be around to ensure quality control and to bring materials. They solicit that the ministry will pay his transport and for the materials they will need.

 

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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

Prayer

  • Killings continue around Jos. Ruth’s father’s village (Doi) is under a kind of siege. Pray for peace.
  • Pray for the upcoming training in Bali mid-October ahead of the NLFA outreach!
  • Pray for the MBBs as they return home!
  • Pray for cessation of the killings in Maiduguri

Cameroon:

Praise

  • Thank God there has been minimal violence surrounding the election, and all of our friends and coworkers are safe

Prayer

  • 90% of the English-speaking regions were unable to vote (were not provided with ballots). Pray for peace as the election results are announced in 2 weeks time after what was not a fair election process.
  • Pray for Florence, she is unable to go home from Yaounde, as there is no travel allowed to Bamenda yet. Her visa interview is also this Thursday in Yaounde. Pray she can travel home afterwards and that her interview goes well!

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • Eskendir’s son got a placement at a good university which is close to some family members!
  • Agazi ran a training this past week.

Prayer

  • for peace in Ethiopia, as there is unrest.
  • The unrest has displaced new believers that the students have been ministering to, pray that they stay with their faith and are able to find new connections where they are.

USA:

Praise

  • Rich is in the US en route to Portland!
  • Janice’s 60th birthday is this week.

Prayer

  • Rick travels to Nigeria in a couple weeks! Pray for his preparation and funding
  • David speaks at his church this Sunday about FFICM and his time in Nigeria!
  • Prayer for David and Dara as they plan the fundraiser in November.
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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 work with us in the future!
Prayer
  • Samuel and Jessica’s newborn son is very sick and needs to go to the clinic! Please pray for his healing, and for strength and peace for Jessica as Sam is away.
  • ECWA (one of the denominations we are working with) has called denomination-wide time of prayer and fasting for Leah Sharibu, the 15-year-old Christian girl being held by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam. They have now sent a video where they executed a young woman from the Red Cross, and heave threatened to execute Leah next. Please pray that the Lord will rescue her!
  • for funds to come through for a safe care for the Nigeria team!
Ethiopia
Praise
  • Eyasu has trained 12 new MBBs using the FFICM materials. They have already been instrumental in bringing many to the Lord! Pray for them as they experience persecution where they live.
Prayer
  • Eyasu has had a very difficult week, he had to travel to the funerals of his nephew’s wife and his sister-in-law, please pray for him and for his family!
  • Pray for safety for Eyasu and Eskendir, and for Ethiopia as the country hopes for peace after renewed unrest around Addis!
Cameroon
 
Praise
  • Praise God for the safe return of Florence, Pastor Yisa, Linda, and all the head trainers!
Prayer
  • Pray for peaceful elections on October 7th! The freedom-fighters have warned that the elections will not happen.
  • Pray for Florence, as she is trying to get a visa to come to the US
USA
 
Praise
  • Praise God for David’s safe return!
  • Dara and her family are glad that her recent illness has resolved, and there is no cancer.
Prayer
  • for support raising wisdom and grace for the whole US team!
  • Dara’s daughter, Odette has started telling her parents about seeing people in her room that scare her and that Jesus sometimes has to come scare them away. Pray that the Lord protects Odette as she is almost 4 and reaching an age where her parents want to talk to her more about the gospel!
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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 me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4 (ESV)

Dear God,

What would You have me say?

Abide.

I think I used to be good at this. Sometimes it’s easier to abide when things are so out of your control, you can’t drive yourself crazy trying to fix or anticipate everything.

My dear family, my job, my dreams, I know I’m capable of turning anyone and everything into a burden or worry, though I know they are scintillating gifts straight from Your generous Spirit and loving Hand.

Abide.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6)

Faith is the beginning, the first theological virtue, Aquinas was right. In order to trust, my heart has to have that kernel, that knowledge of Your heart where I begin to lean on you, to feel safe enough to receive not just eternal life, but abundant life (and, when dark days cover me like a shroud, comfort and strength to keep on through the valley of the shadow.)

Love, Love is the core of who You are. To abide in You we must know your love in the way we say of those dearest to us, that being with them is being home.

Abide.

And as we learn to love You, to care enough what You think and feel to partner with You to amend our behavior to the law of Love, to what makes You happy, You are at Home in us too.

I hope I can be a Home to You, Jesus, You have made everywhere a home to me, traveling with me through the most dull and fantastical, dear and terrible, clear and clouded landscapes, setting up camp and beckoning me to Rest even as the battle rages unchecked around me.

Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.” Psalm 27:3 (NIV)

Dear friends, may we always be at Home in Jesus and Jesus at Home in us!

 

 

 

 

DaraWhat does it mean to Abide?
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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 that these materials are used well.

Prayer

  • In 1 week Eyasu will go to Shire to go see the refugees (and visit Agazi) and also go and visit Adama, pray for the success of his trip and for his youngest daughter, who is alone while he is gone as Eyasu’s wife is the US and his other children are out of the house.
  • Pray for Eyasu’s daughter Nard (also Lydia) who is applying for a scholarship to pursue her course of study in university!
  • Pray that Eritrea will open up soon
  • Pray for successful trainings that Eyasu will hold for tent-maker evangelists.
  • Prayer for the Tigre translation (we are hoping to fix the type font problem this week!)

Nigeria

Praise

  • The training of former drug addicts is going well!,Benjamin told Sam last week that they are all meeting from time to time to encourage one another. We are also going to be trying to meet with them soon.
  • One of the converts from the NLFA office training, David Ado is enrolled in a baptism class, and will be baptized at the end of the year.
  • The planning for the conferences is going pretty well!
  • Jos has been relatively peaceful, the killings have subsided.

Prayer

  • Continued prayer for wisdom for locations for the conferences that are planned, that we would choose a space that will be safe for all that are coming!
  • Some of the Berom youths are retaliating for the recent violence by stealing cows, pray that this theft would stop and would not inspire any reprisal violence.
  • Maiduguri is still suffering intensely from kidnappings, violence, and the cholera epidemic in the refugee camps. Pray for protection and the end of the epidemic!

Cameroon

Praise

  • For Florence’s recovered health!

Prayer

  • Because of the attacks by the Cameroonian army on civilians, the freedom fighters are planning on blocking the roads. Florence and the Cameroonian team are going to have to try to leave early for Nigeria. Please pray for their safety!

USA

Praise

  • More people from the East Coast (many from Grace Community Church) have decided to support FFICM’s ministry! Praise for these new partners in prayer and finances.

Prayer

  • We are planning a fundraiser/community-building dinner in November. We would love to be able to purchase a safe vehicle for the Nigeria team as well as expand our office in Ethiopia! Prayer that God will provide the finances.
  • Rick, David, and Dara are all in need of additional support, pray that it comes through!
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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 the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” ~ Heb. 12:23-24

Part of my job is listening to people, hearing what is happening to them and their families and their communities. It is an incredible honor to hear the hearts of God’s people in West Africa, East Africa, Eastern Europe, and the US. It is also one of the most painful parts of my life.

This past year I have watched in breathless horror as families and communities I care about, work with, and pray for have been ravaged by unspeakable evil. Only this week, a youtube video from English-speaking Cameroon, went viral– Cameroonian soldiers marched two women, an infant, and a small girl off the road, and mocked their fear before executing them by informal firing squad, wrapping the small girl’s shirt roughly around her face.

I used to call the feeling of grief I got from seeing and hearing evil like this the “Iron Fist”, because it felt like an iron fist closed around my heart and I couldn’t cry, or scream, or even properly feel anything. But I couldn’t bring myself to stop looking, stop reading, stop hearing. Having suffered even a little myself, I knew that this was possibly the worst thing that I could do.

People that are suffering need someone to care enough to hear what is happening to them. The Destroyer’s first and most terrible lie is that his victim’s lives do not have value, that their screams will echo silently in the vastness of space because no one will listen, no one cares, no one will act, nothing will be put to right; the weight of their lives doesn’t register on the scale of the World. I hate the thought of those children dying with that lie reverberating around them with every fiber of my being.

This lie was birthed in our world with the death of Abel. Abel was killed by his brother. His brother Cain valued the short violent expression of his anger, pain, and injured pride more than his brother’s whole life, and countless others have followed in Cain’s bloody footsteps.

Jesus came to die with the meek, with the nameless billions who have been counted worthless. His death, his blood, speaks the Truth that the powerless, the victims, the small are worth so much that God Himself would choose to die with them. He chose to orchestrate His plan to save us around blood, not because He is morbid, but because of them. Abel’s blood called from the ground and shook the beautiful heart of God. Mocked, stripped, tortured, murdered; these are no longer words of shame, but words of glory, for all these words belong to God’s beloved Son, and are the centerpiece of His plan for saving us all from death.

These questions torment our hearts in the wake of each innocents’ death: will God have mercy on them in the life to come? Will He make it right? These questions are “too great, too awesome for me to grasp” Psalm 131:1 (NLT). But I do know God. He is trustworthy, and if He would die to give everyone, even the wicked, a chance at eternal life. If his heart is “not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). If his eye is on every sparrow, and follows the fall of each of the hairs on our head (Matt. 10:29-31). If He is Love, and I know that He is….then I can trust Him with these precious children, counted worthless in the eyes of the evil one, loved completely, passionately, inexpressibly by our all-powerful death-conquering God, our Lord Jesus Christ.

DaraA Better Word ~ facing the horror of evil with the heart of God
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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 in training others! She is stopping by the office for materials today.
  • Benjamin, the convert from the jungle outside Jos, is continuing to do very well in his correspondence course and is witnessing to his friends. 
  • That Samuel’s wife Jessica and their new son are continuing to do well!

Prayer

  • There will be a meeting about the MBB conference Wednesday, prayer for wisdom in preparations!
  • We have upcoming programs (one 300 person training and one 130 person training with ECWA) in Jalingo and Abuja, pray that preparations for those go well!
  • A COCIN pastor’s son from Chibok was kidnapped in Maiduguri, prayer for him in the trials he is experiencing and for his safe return. 
  • There was an attack by Islamist militants in Mulari (founded by missionaries in the fifties) they found about 60 bodies and 13 people were kidnapped, pray for their safe return and for them as they suffer in captivity. 
  • Salah (Muslim holiday) is tomorrow, pray for peace especially in Jos and Maiduguri. In Jos, there is an area where Muslims go to pray that may incite fear and possible violent response by Christian youth, pray that everyone will remain calm!

Ethiopia

Praise

  • For continued peace in the country.
  • The church where we held the trainings is now asking for 100 copies of the materials to use!

Prayer

  • The persecution in Shire by the Coptic Christians is intensifying, they tried to kill the pastor and burned his house down. Pray for peace and for the government intervention to work. 
  • Eritrea not yet open, pray that the country become safe quickly, the evangelical denominations want to get in first, before the prosperity gospel.
  • Tomorrow Eyasu and Eskinder will receive the report from the last group of university students, prayer for them as they continue to minister!

Cameroon

Praise

  • Mbingo is calm! The PAC doctors and all expat doctors are back, which should mean that the army is less likely to attack and kill civilians.
  • It is now the harvest period, people in hiding have been able to come from bushes to sneak to their farms to harvest cocoyams and yams, praise that they have been able to find food, and prayer for their safety as they do this!
  • The army came and tried to force their way inside an operating room to take a suspected militant, but the doctors were able to prevent them from doing this. They likely would have killed the person.

Prayer

  • for Cameroonian trainers planning to travel to Nigeria in the beginning of September.
  • There was a clash between the military and the freedom-fighters close to Fundung, one fighter and one military person was killed.
  • The government planning is planning on an election in October, but we’re not sure that the English speaking regions will be able to vote because of unrest, which could lead to further discrimination.
  • there have been a lot of killings in villages around Bamenda, freedom fighters burned something, Florence’s home village, killing. 
  • In Mbingo there are a lot of displaced people, local churches have been sharing resources. 
  • It is not safe to go back to Belo, it has been completely abandoned. The military

USA

Praise

  • Rick had coffee with his daughters this week, prayer for God to work healing in his family.
  • Rich is enjoying his trip to the East Coast! He has connected well with a church that is interested in further supporting the ministry.

Prayer

  • David’s wife was in terrible pain from an infection in her teeth, needs prayer for healing 
  • Prayer for the cessation of the terrible wildfires raging all across the West Coast, which is bringing the air quality down in several areas, impacting people with asthma, and lung conditions, as well as the elderly and kids. 
  • Nicole went to a wedding this weekend, prayer she is rested after a much needed vacation!
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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 discouraged in her illness as her sister died two years ago from it. Please pray for her encouragement and comfort. 

Three people were killed in Miango, continued prayers needed for protection in the Jos area. 

Prayer for all the MBBs coming to the conference!

Cameroon

Praise

No more incidents in Mbingo!

Pastor Yisa and Hilda got their passports. There will be 7 or 8 head trainers coming to Nigeria, 5 will be trained.

There is a Cardinal trying to bring dialogue between two sides (government and the separatists) Praise God for him and prayer for his efforts.

Prayer

Florence is still in Yaounde, ill with gastritis! Pray for her healing. 

There are many scattered trainees, prayer for the Holy Spirit to help and strengthen them Many are homeless, hungry, or have lost loved ones.

USA

Praise

Rich is home safely, is feeling better, and he and his family are going on a short vacation this week! 

Prayer

Rick is on spiritual retreat, a major source of funding for the year was postponed, fundraising going slowly. 

Dara and her family have been hit with some expenses needed to fix their house and are praying God provides. 

Ethiopia

Praise

The over 200 university students went out in 5 regions! Pastor Jacob went to see some of them today.

Prayer

Continue to pray for university students as they follow up new believers!

Rich and the team are exhausted from the physical toll of having been up at 8,000 feet for three weeks. Prayer for their recovery!

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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 who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (NLT)

“…you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”
Wow! That makes us sound important. God is doing something in and through us.
God is using us for His purposes and His task.

A field is something that requires constant work – preparing, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and back to preparing again. A field is never “finished.” God is never finished with us. He is working in and through us. We are all at different seasons in our life, and we all need God to work in us in different ways in different seasons.
When I was young, I lived out in the country and I watched the farmers working in the field behind my house. They worked with tractors to prepare the fields and combines to harvest the wheat and the oats. I loved to watch the fields as they went through the different seasons and as the fields were transformed from dirt, to green growth, to golden stocks ready for harvest, and then back to brown dirt again. It doesn’t happen overnight. And the farmer can’t “make it happen.” But if the farmer doesn’t do his part, he won’t get the harvest. I always marvel at the beauty along the way, through each step of the process. It is interesting that at the end of the process, it is the death and dryness of the plant that prepares it for harvest. If the wheat and oat stalks don’t die, they can’t be harvested.
Similarly in our lives, I think it is the struggles that we go through, the dying to our own self and selfish motives and desires, that allow God to bring about a harvest in and through us.
God is never idle. He is working in and through us. We are God’s servants, doing the work that He gives us to do. We cannot do that on our own or through our own strength, but as we come alongside Him and allow Him to work in us, He can work in and through us.

Similarly, a building is something that takes a lot of work to build. If a building is built well, it can last for hundreds of years, or more! It still requires maintenance over the years, but the bulk of it’s work is done in the initial stages of building it.
My grandfather was a carpenter. He built his own house and houses for others. I loved going up to work with him during summer break from school each year. I was able to watch him build, and also to have the opportunity to learn from him and help him build. It was his work, but he included me into it, and I was a co-worker with him.
In life, God calls us alongside of him as servants, but also co-workers. We God’s building, but we are also used by God to build into the lives of others. The things that we do to build into the lives of others can have impact for many generations to come.

At FFICM we are working to help people to get a firm foundation in their relationship with Jesus Christ, so that they can stand the test of time like a good building, and so that they can bring in a bountiful harvest through the lives of others.

Written by: David Moore

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