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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 next two weeks, prayer for their safety and their growth in the Lord.

Cameroon:

Praise

  • The government appears willing to dialogue with the English speaking region. They sent a committee to Bamenda to interview and talk with locals and they have taken their report back to the capital.
  • although soldiers shot into crowds at the market in Mbingo this past week, and one woman was wounded, no one was killed!
  • We are in the process of getting the materials translated into French and another local language.
  • 31 people came to know Christ this past week because of an outreach made with private donations from FFICM supporters! 8 of them are currently in follow-up classes that Florence and Linda are conducting.

Prayer

  • Florence is traveling to Bamenda this week for a personal retreat prayer for her and for her family’s safety in her absence!
  • There were more killings and kidnappings this week in Belo, prayer for comfort and protection

Nigeria:

Praise

  • Everyone’s health has recovered!
  • We have many requests for trainings! The general secretary of the UMC wants us to train between 500-2000 members!

Prayer

  • The former sheik we are working with is beginning his dangerous journey throughout Nigeria to contact MBBs and let them know about the upcoming conference.
  • Peter is working towards his masters! Prayer for him as he does classes as well as works.
  • We need a safe and reliable vehicle for the Nigeria team to travel in! Prayer for funds to come through.

USA

Praise

  • We have had a lot of success working with our graphic artist to redo our materials!
  • We praise God for healing for Dara’s family, who have been very sick for weeks.

Prayer

  • Our US staff continue to need prayer to meet their support-raising needs!
  • Prayer for wisdom and grace from the Holy Spirit as Rich and Susanna continue to work on the training manual
Richard GardnerPraise and Prayer mid June!
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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 so glad and encouraged they promised to continue to use the materials. 
  • One of the trainees, a woman, teaches in the local high school, and has about 20 in her class that she has witnessed to. She is looking forward to using the materials to follow up with them! 
  • More than ten of the others were also teachers who are going to begin witnessing and using the materials with their students. 
  • Peter has recovered from his illness. 
  • The new believers from the Angwan Rukuba jungle (also known as “Bangon Shaitan” the “walls of Satan”) are now referring to the jungle as the New Jerusalem and are doing well, please pray for their continued growth in Christ!

Prayer

  • The Nigeria team needs more workers for the office! Pray that God will help to choose those who will work there. 
  • The Nigeria team is in need of a safe and functional car for their journeys to trainings!
  • The printer they are using has been making mistakes. Prayer that the issues with the printer would cease. 
  • Samuel’s wife, Jessica is now 8 months pregnant! Prayer for the end of her pregnancy and the health of her and the baby and protection through delivery. 

USA:

Praise 

  • Nicole has accepted a full-time position with a school for deaf children! Pray for her transition and for wisdom as she is hoping to still have time to work some with FFICM. 
  • We have a training coming up this week for our USA staff to help teach them to increase their financial support base. Prayer that God will use this training to help them provide for their families. 

Prayer 

  • Dara’s family is hosting a woman who has recently been the victim of domestic violence. Pray for protection for her, and for Dara’s household as the man will likely leave prison this week on bail. 
  • Rich is continuing to meet with experts on working with Muslim background believers to write a follow-up lesson tailored to their needs. Pray for wisdom!

Cameroon: 

Praise 

  • FFICM Champions were moved by the stories of the refugees in Mbingo and privately contributed over $600 to buy food and clothes to help the local community support them! Praise God for their mercy and generosity. 

Prayer

  • This week, we received tragic news from Mbingo. One of the young sons of the hospital staff in Mbingo was arrested by the army as they became angry with him for answering disrespectfully when they asked his name. They became suspicious that he was associated with the freedom fighters because of the names on his phone, and they took him away and killed him. Pray for his grieving family and for the community. 
  • Pray that the army and the freedom-fighters will be willing to dialogue to achieve a lasting peace. Our sister Florence mourns that, “Every time the army strikes, the freedom-fighters strike, and every time the freedom-fighters strike the army strikes, and it is the villagers that suffer”.
  • Pray that we will be able to find someone to do translation of the materials into French
  • We are hoping to bring a number of trainers from Cameroon to Nigeria to do a special in-depth program with them to further enable them to reach out to their fellow Cameroonians. Pray for wisdom in the process of choosing these trainers! 
  • Pray for those that have lost homes.

Ethiopia: 

Praise

  • Everything is looking good for the training in July! We are planning to train 260 students in 6 weeks at 3 separate locations. 

Prayer

  • For the trainees up in the refugee camps on the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea! Pray that they will be able to use the new Tigre materials effectively. 
Richard GardnerPraise and Prayer ~ In Nigeria, USA, Cameroon, Ethiopia, God is at work!
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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 give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a spirit of power and of love and of self control” 

Nigeria: 

Praise

  • For safety on the road for the Nigeria team that traveled to Niger state! They are training 42 local church leaders from several different denominations.
  • Yesterday at least 7 trainees shared the gospel. One woman shared the gospel with a young Muslim man, Eliyu, who is addicted to drugs. He received Christ and came and attended the training! Osang ministered to him also. He asked for prayer at the end of the class because he wants to remain in the faith and live the Christian life. Now, the rest of the trainees are very motivated to go out and share the gospel and bring more new believers to the training as well!
  • for Comfort Mark’s training–she organized a training south of Maiduguri where she expected 30 people and there were 100, who stayed the whole week, including some children
Prayer
  • Peter has a fever and is in the middle of training 42 people in Niger!
  • We still need a reliable vehicle for the Nigeria team. Prayer that God would provide.
  • Thank God for peace in Peter’s home village of Fan.
  • the trainees from Niger state are going to shared the gospel again today!

Cameroon: 

Praise

  • Praise God for continuing to protect all of our friends and partners in Mbingo!
 
Prayer
  • On Thursday, 15 houses were burned near Belo, and in Bamenda, 50 people were massacred. Right now we don’t know what exactly is happening but it is very difficult to leave Mbingo. Public transportation has effectively been shut down. If you want to leave you have to walk, so it is very difficult to visit other quarters and villages.
  •  There is now no food market in Mbingo, inside the hospital compound people are able to sell some. This is intensifying the food crisis. Prayer for provision, especially for the families hosting refugees.
  • Prayer that the government and the freedom fighters will negotiate peace.

USA:

Praise

  • Our graphic artist is almost done formatting the materials! As soon as they are completed we will translate them into five languages. 
  • We have made several contacts in the US that will be able to help us to modify the materials so that they are even more effective for MBBs. 
  • for healing for Dara’s daughter Odette, who had four days of high fever and had to be taken to the ER and is now suddenly well! 
Prayer
  • prayer for wisdom and grace as we continue to develop and format the follow-up materials and the training manual
  • prayer for funds to meet the needs of the US based staff.
  • prayer for Nicole’s job interview, that God will provide for her.
 
Ethiopia: 
 
Praise
  • for continuing peace in the country
  • for Eyasu’s outreach to the refugee camp!
Prayer
 
  • For the upcoming training of 200 university students in July! 
Richard GardnerEnd of May: Praise and Prayer
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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 of their 36 government ministers being Anglophone, many felt unrepresented within the government and began to peacefully protest. However, the attempts to begin a conversation for change were unfruitful and answered with more repression.

Peaceful protests were met with violence, arrests, and alleged sexual abuse by armed forces. Basic government practices continued to put the Anglophone population of Cameroon at a gross disadvantage. French-speaking teachers were sent to teach in English-speaking regions, so students struggled to learn. French magistrates who know nothing about the local laws practiced by English speakers were sent into Anglophone regions to act as judges. Internet was disconnected in English speaking areas to control civilians and cut communication between rebellious groups. All of these unjust actions by the government led a group to begin a separatist movement, advocating for the creation of a new country called Ambazonia—a section of Southern Cameroon that could be designated for the English-speaking Cameroonians. However, these advocacy efforts from the succession group fell on deaf ears. The government still refused to engage in conversation and continued their attempts to subdue this “rebel” faction.

Since then, the government and separatist group have clashed against one another, creating wreckage in their wake. Over the past several months, the civil unrest and tension has grown exponentially, putting innocent Cameroonians in dire circumstances. The people are fearful of both the armed forces and insurgents. This humanitarian crisis rages on in Cameroon; however, with very limited news coverage and reports coming out of the country, many stories remain untold.

Hilltop above Mbingo

The violence between the freedom fighters and the government has driven masses from their homes, their cities, their normal daily lives. Hundreds have been displaced, at least five villages have been abandoned, many lives have been lost on both sides of the fighting, and now civilians have become refugees in their own country.

Three areas involved with this refugee situation include Anyadua, Belo, and Mbingo. FFICM has connections to each of these locations through past trainings, current ministry partners and team members living nearby.

We held a training for a large group of youths in Anyadua a few months ago (pictured below)—the city is now a ghost town; everyone went into hiding in the bushes or fled to nearby towns and despite our best efforts, we are still uncertain of the whereabouts and safety of our young trainees. We continue to pray for their safety wherever they may be.

Youth trainees from Anyadua

Many people fled to Belo initially, until military forces came in with the intentions to target and kill all young people for their possible links to the separatists. The Mbingo area is now where refugees have turned to—the Mbingo hospital compound remains a semi-neutral zone, though the area around has still experienced violence and destruction.

May 20th marked Independence Day, also known as National Day, a time to celebrate the unity of the country—despite how ironic that might sound. The government threatened some civilians and university students to attend celebrations and imposed curfews in English-speaking regions of the country, while the freedom fighters gave ominous warnings to citizens to stay indoors on the day because of their plans retaliate against the celebrations.

The hillside above the Mbingo hospital became a significant location to refugees and hospital workers on National Day. The government had burnt the homes of many hospital workers prior to the day (without any casualities), causing them great distress and leaving some with nothing but the clothes on their back. Insurgent forces alerted those living nearby to leave the hilltop before May 20th because they planned to wage war in the area.

The warning was cryptic and disheartening to hear because many of those in the village were there as refugees and did not necessarily have a safe place to take shelter indoors. Despite this menacing message, we praise God for the safety of the people in Mbingo—all the civilians were able to clear the area and were not caught up in the violence. The day resulted in an armed conflict between the separatists and the military on the hilltop, which concluded with at least one death on each side.

Young adults practicing their training materials in Mbingo

In the midst of all of this, we thank God for the small group of individuals who are doing all they can to help the refugees while experiencing a food shortage. One of our contacts in particular, Florence, and her family, has witnessed firsthand the multitudes in need of assistance, shelter, and food. In her area alone there are at least 50 families—over 500 individuals—who have been displaced. The Mbingo hospital is now filled to capacity with refugees, and the hospital workers can only provide so much aid for fear of government involvement.

As the FFICM team prays over all these circumstances in Cameroon, we work to find our role in all of it. Our hearts are with our brothers and sisters from Anyadua, those who have become refugees all over the country, and those who have lost loved ones because of the brutality. We want to determine the best way to offer support and encouragement to the refugees and our ministry partners in Cameroon, but we are still uncertain about what that looks like.

Rich and Rick with Cameroon trainers

We know that God still reigns in this darkness—he is protector, provider, and peacemaker. We have seen how He has protected civilians time and time again. We have faith that He is working and will reveal His will to us.

Having prayed for other countries in turmoil, like Ethiopia, and seeing those prayers for peace answered, we know that God can open the same opportunities for peace and conversation in Cameroon. In Jesus’ name we pray!

Please be praying for our organization as we search for our role in the refugee crisis. We ask the Lord for direction, guidance, and discernment. Also be praying for Cameroon. We pray for provisions, safety, and comfort for the refugees, and protection for other civilians. And of course, be praying for peace between the opposing forces. Our God is bigger than this battle. May his peace reign!

Nicole MillerDisplaced and Dismayed: The Untold Refugee Story in Cameroon
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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: “While I was studying the Quran there was a church next to the mosque, and I was zealous for Islam so I was angry and destroyed it. My father wanted to send me to different areas in the country and out of the country to learn more about Islam but I didn’t want to. I traveled to a different place and dropped my faith in Islam. One day a man in a long white robe came to my room in a dream and said, “I am the prophet Isa [Jesus] I am not creature. I am the creator. I am the way, the truth and the life. Believe in me.” The room was full of light and immediately, without meaning to, I said “Halellujah!” and jumped up. In the dream he showed me a church, so the next day I went there and became a Christian. Again in a dream he told me to go back to my home area so I went there. I prayed silently to Jesus while other Muslims were sleeping but finally they found me that I had become a Christian. About 30 people came to kill me. One of them was my father holding a javelin. I said “In Jesus’ name all fall down,” and they did, so I could escape. As I was escaping, 25 more were coming to kill me, but God covered their eyes so they couldn’t see me and I escaped again.  Now I am preaching the gospel to Muslims and about 30 have come to know Christ.”

Evangelist 2: “My uncles’ son was struggled with serious mental health problems, but when he received Jesus Christ he was healed. Then he preached the gospel to me. I was a sheik, and I wanted to kill him because of his faith, but I couldn’t deny the truth of what he was saying, so I also became a Christian. Persecution quickly followed. Many times they beat me. Sometimes they hung me on a tree and beat me. They excommunicated me from the community so that no one would talk or associate with me. One day my 9 month old boy died and I wanted to bury him but they wouldn’t let me and began to beat me while I mourned my boy. Finally they buried him in their own way. Other time my brother brought a big knife and asked me if I could deny this Jesus but when I refused he pierced my head with the knife, but God healed me. After this I flew away from the area until the situation calmed down. Now I am preaching the gospel. About 120 fellow Muslims have come to know Christ. Praise God.”

Evangelist 3: “When I was studying the Quran I asked a question of my teacher, ‘In the Quran there is a phrase that means ‘Alif lam mim’  and it means Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Quran says it doesn’t have interpretation. My question is, “why there is no interpretation?”’ The sheik beat me and I ran away. Away from my home, I became a thief and drank and did drugs. One day I was drunk and burned my own house down. Once while I was stealing someone’s crop with my friends, 8 people including the village chairperson came to arrest us, but I beat two of them and escaped. I went to stay with my uncles. Because they were Christian, they were praying for me and God answered their prayer and I became a Christian. Then I came back home and reconciled with my family. As a result of my changed life, 7 Muslims became Christians.

However, one day while I was ploughing my plot of land, my brother came and stabbed me sen times, so I felt down on the ground. He thought I was dead, so he covered me by dust as we normally do for dead people. I laid on the ground for five hours as dogs licked up my blood. At 1pm people saw me, called an ambulance and took me to the clinic. God had already told me before this situation that I would not die, so I knew that I wouldn’t. All the physicians and my family believed that I would die. My family didn’t want me to die as a Christian, they wanted to kill me and claim I was a Muslim. They prepared poisonous food, and consulted a witch doctor. But I found out about their plan and didn’t go to my home, but went to the church. Though church people are very few and poor, they sacrificially helped me and I was healed. After I went back home they believed I was raised from the dead. I forgave my brother and all my persecutors and as a result my mother and three of my uncles’ sons became Christians. My brother is also interested in Christianity now, so I am praying and preaching the gospel to him. I believe one day he will know Christ.”

Please pray for these dear fellow believers, that God protects them and their families and grants them the joy for which they faithfully labor–seeing many more turn to Christ!

Richard GardnerFiery Trials and Protective Miracles: Muslim background believers
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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 their faith in this crucial time!

Prayer

  • Peter and the Nigeria team are planning a trip to Niger state; they will be traveling this Sunday, and starting training Monday! Prayer for their safety and for their families as they are away, especially little Jerebest Wash who misses his dad and is often sick while Peter is away. 
  • prayer for Samuel’s wife, Jessica, who has issues with pregnancy.
  • prayer for Osang as he is planning a wedding for November!
  • Prayer for Comfort and the training she is running south of Maiduguri (the Boko Haram’s starting place)

Cameroon

Praise

  • Florence thanks God for his protection, and that they have been provided for in such a way that they can help others

Prayer

  • the government burned many of the hospital staff’s homes, praise God there were no casualties as they did this.
  • On May 20th, the opposition forces warned the population to leave the hilltop above Mbingo, telling them that they were going to wage war in that area. There was an armed conflict between them and the military in which at least one died on each side. The hospital compound is now crowded with refugees.
  • FFICM is still hoping to return to Cameroon next January to continue the work, but pray that the country stabilizes enough that we can return to minister with our sisters and brothers!

Ethiopia

Praise

  • Eskendir has experienced full healing in his back and praises God
  • Eskendir has his tickets for Ethiopia in July thanks to gifts from FFICM’s supporters!
  • Eyasu’s daughter is graduating with a BA in Psychology prayer for her finishing her thesis!

Prayer

  • Eyasu has another daughter getting ready to graduate 8th grade and is preparing for national exams.
  • Prayer for the preparation and provision for the training in July—it will cost $80 per trainee and we are hoping for 200!
  • Prayer for timing of plans for future trainings; southeastern Ethiopia wants us to come, but it is a dangerous area.
  • Eyasu is leaving next week for northern Ethiopia to train Eritrean refugees and connect with people we have trained before as they reach out to more! Prayer that he will learn how best to support them. We praise God that we now have the materials translated into the language (Tigre) which will be best for them.

USA

Praise

  • Dara’s family is all well finally, after 2 weeks of illness!

Prayer

  • Rick needs to raise more support!
  • prayer for wisdom and energy as Rich, Susanna, and Dara do crucial work on the training manual and materials!
  • prayer for provision for finances as our staff’s needs and our staffing needs are increasing.
  • Nicole has 2 interviews for jobs this week! Prayer for wisdom and the right fit for her.
  • David is now sick, prayer for healing!
  • Rich has a board meeting tomorrow, prayer for wisdom for all in leading for the ministry.
Richard GardnerPraise and Prayer ~ Strong Together in Spirit
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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, the site of the training that Peter held, with all of these wonderful trainees pictured below, is also deserted after an attack by the army. We have no idea what happened to them, we hope they are in hiding in the bush along with many of the other inhabitants of Anyadua.

Pastor Yisa is the pastor of the local area surrounding Anyadua, he was trained by FFICM last year, and has been actively training ever since! The last group he trained was so committed and excited about the materials they begged him to ask us to write more materials for them! We spoke with Pastor Yisa just last week, and he told us an incredible story of God’s protection.

While he was out recently, a group of armed and masked men approached him, bringing a man with them. “You’re a pastor, right?” They asked him. “Yes,” he replied. “Good, so can you pray for this man? We are about to kill him,” they told him. Pastor Yisa said he cannot remember a word of what he prayed, but that while he was praying he was begging God to take control. As he finished his prayer the leader told him the prayer had moved him so much that he was no longer going to kill the man!

While the situation in Cameroon is dire and we are afraid for our brothers and sisters in Anyadua, we remember God who listens to our prayers and cares for every single person more than we can possibly imagine. Please join us in lifting up pastor Yisa and the people of Anyadua in your prayers! God hears. 

Richard GardnerDiaspora ~ Pastor Yisa and the prayer that saved a life
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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.

After hearing thus response, the president of FFICM (Rich) flew from the USA to attend the training in which we had over 60 people. We also brought four other trainers from Jos because they originally told us that they were expecting 250-300 people.

After the welcome and introduction by Bishop James J. Jen, we distributed the materials and began the training. As usual, we started with the gospel card and asked them to go and share the gospel with someone in the evening, but the following day only 3 people indicated they did that! So the next day we divided them into five groups and assigned leaders to each group who led them to where they were expected to witness. They were able to overcome their fears in the context of the group, and were surprised to discover that people were really interested in listening to them.

In the group that Peter went with, his team shared their faith with 7 people. Peter himself shared with six people, and three of those prayed to receive Christ. The next day, Peter went to follow up with them. Two of those that had prayed to received Christ came and sat with him as well as two other women. As they started up, two more elderly women came, so by the end there were 8 people in the follow-up class! After the teaching they started asking questions that had to do with assurance of salvation. We then prayed for a son of one of the women that was having fever.

In another group, they went to a house to witness and the man welcomed them and came out and sat with them, but the woman was not open. When they finished speaking they challenged him to join them for follow up the next day, but when they came the next day the woman was there, but not the man. So they use the follow-up 1 materials to teach her. She started saying that she too was an evangelist and they should go to the mountains to preach to those who have not heard the gospel instead of her. But after saying all this she confessed her sins and asked them to pray for her husband who is a drunkard.

In another group when they went out and a man prayed with them, and they set an appointment to meet the next day. But when they came they next day, the man told them, “You were lucky that I listened to you yesterday, but today I will not, because in the whole of our family there is no Christian, and I will not want to be the one to break that record.” So he refused, and so they had to move to another place where they met a lady who did listen to them.

The bishop set a good example to all the pastors by sitting in the class from the first day until the last day and participating in all the class practicals. As the training was going on, the bishop reported it to the secretary to the Arch Bishop. He asked for the phone number of the National Director so that they can plan how to apply this in the whole LCCN. The bishop said in his closing remarks that this training had been an eye-opener as to how much they need to apply what they have learned, and that if the FFICM team comes back in the next year or two, he is confident we will see the results of the training in additional converts. He even expects that by then, churches will be planted as a result of how they put into practice what they have learned.

There was a Muslim convert there who stayed throughout the training, he listened with keen interest and joy to know what we were teaching. Comfort, one our trainers from Maiduguri, went through the gospel card with him one on one to be sure he understood his faith. After that she shared the follow-up materials with him. Immediately after the training his relatives notice the changes in his character and they were threatened to kill him, so he ran to the church, and he has been taken to a discipleship center there in Jalingo.

After that week, we traveled back to Jos, but we could not fit the five people all in the office small car with all our bags, so we sent two people on public transport and three traveled in the car. So we did the three hour drive and rested at Wukari, then continued the following day for the next six hours, crossing the ferry part way through the trip.

The next training, which was organized for Plateau state by New Life for All was not properly mobilized, even though they charged the people a registration fee to cover their feeding, accommodation and traveling expenses to where they will be taken to for field service which they will stay there for another one week. There were 8 people who registered, but there were three additional leaders who stayed through the training as well. They were just encouraged to share their faith in the evenings, because they were going to be sent to the field for the work the following week anyways. After the training, they were sent to Shendam local area where they were to stay for one week evangelizing and conducting follow-up training.

We had time also to meet with other leaders and plan on our next ministry engagements. We met with the general secretary of COCIN (one of the largest evangelical churches in Nigeria) and they agreed that we should write a proposal so the leaders can decide if we can start training all the over 84 RCCs of COCIN!

We then also planned a conference where we want to bring together 1000 Muslim Background Believers, so that they could be trained on how to witness and to be encouraged. We also met with one former sheik who is now a Christian; he will be teaching the new converts and will also work with us on how to develop the follow up materials for MBBs!

Richard GardnerPeter’s report– Jalingo and Plateau trainings, and many more opportunities!
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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 degree this week!

Prayer

  • For the next two weeks, Peter and the Nigeria team will be following up with 54 new believers from an evangelistic outreach in a dangerous forest area surrounding Jos. These new believers come from bands of thieves and drug addicts. The evangelists had to receive special permission from the leaders of the bands to enter their territory and share the gospel! Pray for wisdom for Peter and his team, and for special mercy for the new believers to turn from their old lifestyle!
  • At the end of May, Peter and the Nigeria team will be traveling north to Niger state to train 50 local believers and pastors. Pray for safe travel for them on the roads, that the arrangements for the training would go smoothly with all able to attend, and for their time with our brothers and sisters.
  • Prayer for Peter’s wife’s health as they try to confirm her diagnosis and obtain treatment.

Cameroon:

Praise

  • the people are thanking God for the recovery of the local church commissioner shot by the army.

Prayer

  • the insurgents/freedom-fighters have warned civilians to stay inside on May 20th. Everyone is afraid that this means that they are expecting more bloodshed. Pray for peace!
  • no word yet on the safety of our trainees in Anyadua, everyone is still in hiding in the bush. Pray for them!
  • The refugee situation in Mbingo is dire. Florence’s recent count is that there are at least 350 more people than the 201 she was aware of, with many more in other areas most probably. Pray for provision for them! We are currently trying to figure out how we can best help.

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • for the MBBs that Eyasu is working with, for their steadfastness and faith.
  • Eskinder is experiencing some relief from his back pain! Continue to pray for complete healing.
  • The new church that was planted most recently is doing very well! Belay is serving as their pastor, please pray for him!
  • The Oromo translation is finally finished!

Prayer

  • Eyasu would like to hold a training in Hawassa area for 60 evangelists, but we need to come up with $3,000 for the expenses!
  • For Eskinder’s son, who is graduating high school in 20 days.
  • For Eskinder’s church, a new church plant in the last 3 years, they have recently lost their building and need to find another place to meet.

USA

Praise

  • We have a new office at the Luis Palau Association! It has been a wonderful blessing already to our US based staff.
  • for Susanna Ballard, who is working as an intern this summer and will be helping Rich to write the training manual.
  • Dara’s family has recovered their health and their son Carsten is now sleeping through the night fairly regularly!

Prayer

  • For continued needs for funding for staff positions.
  • For Nicole as she continues to look for more work.
  • For Rich as he works on new materials for Muslim Background Believers and meets with the Muslim Connection group at Village Baptist to ask for further insight and wisdom.
  • For David’s family as he continues to raise support
  • For Rick Cordell, his support is currently only at 30% of what he needs!
Richard GardnerPraise and Prayer May 14th–a warning for Cameroon, thousands more clamoring to be trained in Nigeria
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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 had a great experience ministering at the medium security prison and the womens’ prison in Lagos.
  • there was a training cancelled last year in Niger, that is now rescheduled with 60 people registered to attend! There are a lot of new believers in the area because of an outreach NLFA did, and they want to know how to follow up with them! Peter, Samuel, Osang, and Mwanta will all be traveling up to do the training on the 27th of May (the training runs through the 2nd of June).

Prayer

  • for the NLFA training, 10 evangelists will now go to evangelize and follow up in Shendam.
  • for protection for those attending the Muslim background believer conference; they face dangers from people in their own community, as well as non-Muslim communities along the way, who may suspect them of being attackers. We are going to notify villages and communities along the way of their coming and work with local defense organizations so they know they are not a danger.
  • We are trusting God to raise money to support them, we will need $10,000 to pay for their travel, lodging, and food.
  • For rest for the Nigeria team and their families after all of the trainings this last month
  • for safety for Peter, Samuel, Osang, and Mwanta the end of May as they travel up to Niger to do the training!
  • For Peter’s wife for her ongoing health issues, Peter is taking her to the doctor this week to verify the diagnosis she’s been given of hepatitis so they can start treatment.

Cameroon:

Praise

  • For a safe refuge for the refugees in Mbingo.

Prayer

  • still no news of our trainees in Anyajua since the military surrounded the community and began killing people (they suspected that there were local militia organizing).
  • Florence says that almost every family in Mbingo is hosting refugees from Belo and Anyajua after the govt. attacks, and they are on the verge of a food crisis. In her area, and in the area surrounding the hospital she knows of 32 families supporting 201 refugees. Prayer for support for them, mercy for them from God, and peace for the country so that they can return to their homes.

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • all is quiet, the country is experiencing peace!
  • the Oromo translation of the materials is complete! Eskinder will be sending it up by Wednesday
  • all is falling into place for the July trainings!

Prayer

  • Eskinder is suffering from terrible pain in his back—prayer for healing!
  • Prayer for health of Eskinder’s family
  • Prayer for 10 persecuted MBBs that Eyasu is counseling

USA

Praise

  • for the new office at the Palau organization’s site! Our orientation is tomorrow. We’re looking forward to making connections and working alongside so many dedicated fellow believers
  • David’s family received a donation of a second car that will make things easier for their family
  • 2 couples have decided to support David’s family!
  • David will speak Wednesday about the ministry of FFICM at Portland Christian School.

Prayer

  • Dara and Ian’s kids (Odette and Carsten) are sick with high fevers. Prayer for healing for the kids and rest for the parents!
  • David and Denise’s son Asher is sick and has to miss school, and their son Ben is beginning counseling tomorrow for dealing with anger in the face of all the change in his life (he also struggles with eyesight issues and ADHD, which make schooling difficult!) Prayer for their family and healing both physical and emotional for their sons.
  • Nicole is still looking for full-time work! Prayer for provision for her and the exact right job opportunity.
Richard GardnerMay 7th, Praise and Prayer!
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