Praise and Prayer ~ March 14, 2021

(Image: Eskandir and Rich in Ethiopia during Rich’s February 2021 trip.) Nigeria: The HBB Conference is this week! Rich, Peter and Ishaku made it to the HBB conference site and are getting ready to start the conference. Please pray for Rich’s safety and protection as he travels on Wednesday to and from the conference to […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 10, 2021

Nigeria: Pray for Peter and Rich as they work on continued preparations for the HBB conference that will be held in Nigeria next week. We are expecting around 2,000 people to attend and there are still many details that are in process. Pray for continued preparations for the other two upcoming conferences in Nigeria (the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 1, 2021

(Photo of a small group of trainees practicing teaching from the FFICM Follow-up Booklet.) Nigeria: Praises:  God is continuing to bless the personal ministry of Zainab, one of our trainers. Five people joined the new believer follow-up group which Zaibab leads. Additionally, two homeless women joined Zainab’s professional training class. As a personal ministry, Zainab […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 23, 2021

(Above photo: FFICM’s primary partner in Ethiopia: Eskinder with his family) Dear FFICM Prayer Partners,  We have much to be excited and hopeful about regarding this week’s prayer requests. They reflect the reality that we’re coming toward the final stretch of planning several significant conferences and training events. As you read on and join us in prayer, remember with gratitude the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 15, 2021

Dear FFICM Prayer Partners, We have much to be grateful for this week! The safe birth of a baby boy in one of our Nigerian trainer’s family (Ishaku) and the successful completion of a week of follow-up training in Ethiopia. We also need God’s provision for healing, wisdom, and ongoing empowerment in ministry for many of our ministry partners. Thank […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 8, 2021

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021 Dear FFICM Prayer Partners,  May the peace of Christ fill you as you join us in prayer this week. We are grateful for and in awe of our God who is always with us, who is able to take care of our every need, and who cares deeply about our lives. Thank you for […]

January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Grace in times of needThank you so much for your prayers; we continue to see growth and training going on even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. Rich is flying to Ethiopia this weekend to run two trainings with Eskinder and a new trainer called Ayele who has been hired on a [...]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 25

Nigeria Ishake Pate, one of the Nigeria trainers praises God for the progress that his local church has made and for the training they have been doing with the FFICM new believer follow-up materials. Pray also for his wife’s pregnancy which is her fourth! Peter Wash praises God for the evangelistic success through the radio […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 18th

Nigeria: Please pray for protection from coronavirus which has been increasing in Nigeria.  Pray for Zainab as she trusts God to start leading a cohort of trainees by the end of this month. She’s working on preparing a venue. She has doubled the number of trainees (from 200 to 500!). Praise God! Please pray for Joy […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 11

Dear Prayer Partners, Thank you for your faithful partnership as we enter a new year! We are grateful to God for continuing to lead us towards ever greater impact. We also grieve with the Nigerian families who have been devastated by the kidnappings, which have become increasingly lethal. Please join us in prayer for God’s […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 4

Happy New Year to all our Prayer Partners!  Thank you for continuing to join us in prayer as we enter a new year. Below you will find the prayer requests by region as reported by our staff and ministry partners. We are grateful for your participation in God’s work through FFICM’s global outreach in Nigeria […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 28

We met virtually for the last time in 2020 to focus on worshiping God with thanksgiving for God’s steadfast faithfulness during an especially hard year. Thank you to Ken Keeley, our board secretary, for leading us in a devotional meditation from John 14. Ken reminded us that we may not have felt close to God […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 21

Prayers for our Nigeria partners: As we celebration of Jesus’ birth this Christmas, please pray for protection for our brothers and sisters who are at increased risk of attack from their Muslim neighbors.  Please pray for Margaret, the wife of Peter, our FFICM-Nigeria Director. Last week she suffered excessive, undiagnosed bleeding. She is doing better after having received some medication. She is getting […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 14

Nigeria Jepthah’s sister just lost her little girl to a brief illness. Please pray for their whole family!  Peter is up in the north, meeting with the leaders of the HBB conference we are planning in 2021,  please pray for safety for him and success in his journey!  Sam said everything has been very hectic, he has been away […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 7

Ethiopia They have 70 at their current training! That is ten more than they expected. A lot more wanted to come, so we will probably have another training in this area.  Temperature isn’t too bad, thank God! It even rained! This is unusual, so God answered our prayers!  They are sharing the gospel today! A lot […]

Praise and Prayer ~ November 30

Nigeria One of the staff has gone to Gombe to deliver radio teachings to the station there, and is hoping to arrange a future training, and may be able to stop in Bauchi to deliver radio programs too.  Sam is going to travel to Kano to do follow-up training with those we trained in February […]

Praise and Prayer ~ November 23

Nigeria Pray for Nigeria as the MBB conference is going forward now in March of next year!  Pray for wisdom, mobilization, good communication, and protection! There are nineteen discipleship centers participating that are all very excited to participate with us.  Continue to pray for Sam. He is in the second location in Lafiya, coordinating follow-up and outreach with New Life […]

Praise and Prayer ~ November 16

Nigeria Pray for the team as they’re training in Bauchi and Layfia this week.  Pray that more people will attend the training in Layfia. About 20 people have attended.  Pray that more people will attend the training in Bauchi. There has been a low turnout but the team is hopeful more will attend. Pray for […]

Praise and Prayer ~ November 9

Nigeria There have been training sessions with over 100 students in the area, and there are more coming up. Next week, they are splitting up into 2 teams as they follow up with new believers. This week, Peter will be on television to speak about the ministry and the impact it has on the community. […]

Praise & Prayer ~ November 2

Nigeria Pray for the new office building and for God’s provision in the process. The radio program has received more comments, questions, and testimonies from people! Praise God! Pray that it continues to reach people and that the team works well together for this.  Pray for Yusuf who is coming back to do more recordings […]

Praise & Prayer ~ October 26

Nigeria  Last week, a conference was successfully held. Praise God for reaching new believers through this ministry! Please pray over everyone who attended, that they would be protected from the coronavirus. Please pray for an upcoming training and outreach that are coming up in November. Pray for the communication and planning as our team in […]

Praise & Prayer ~ October 19

Nigeria Sam, Danladi, Valentine, and their families are all healthy! Praise God! Pray for the MBB conference planning and that the committee will be able to meet. They are trying to figure out how best to host the conference with Coronavirus. Pray for wisdom and guidance.  Pray for the new office space for the Nigeria […]

PRAISE AND PRAYER ~ OCTOBER 15

Nigeria Ruth, Valentine, and Sam have all tested positive for Coronavirus but don’t have symptoms. Pray that it stays this way and that they heal quickly. A couple other staff members are waiting for their test results. Pray for negatives! Peter has been struggling with health issues. He and his wife had Hepatitis C and […]

PRAISE AND PRAYER ~ SEPTEMBER 27

Nigeria Sam and his wife are   sick with a fever and an ulcer, pray for his recovery! Ishaku would like to praise God for his provision, though everything is hard now. He said to say thank you for praying for his son Nathaniel, who is recovering really well!  Ishaku’s church has assigned him to be a leader to oversee the […]

PRAISE AND PRAYER ~ SEPTEMBER 23

Rich Gardner Rich is traveling to Nigeria. Currently at airport on his way. He arrives Wednesday in Nigeria and will be there for 2 weeks.  Zainab This past weekend they had graduation for 9 women in the class. Continue to pray for courage as they do the work of God. Next group of women are […]

PRAISE AND PRAYER ~ AUGUST 22

NigeriaOur friend and partner Soja lost his wife Mercy, who had had a brain surgery a few months back. Pray for him and their family! Emmaus Ministry said Comfort is in police custody, we do not know what is going on, please pray for her! Zainab called the day before yesterday, the police promised they would […]

Praise and Prayer ~ June 29

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 18-25

Nigeria Peter and Yusuf are at the studio being filmed today, to make four or five more episodes! The lockdown in Maiduguri has been loosened a bit because many people have to work for their daily needs. Comfort reports there has not been any further attacks, praise God. They have not been too many cases […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 4-11

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 15:13 Nigeria The cases keep on rising. Recently they have over 2500 cases. People are dying of corona, and people are burying them […]

Praise and Prayer ~ April 20-27

Nigeria Possible COVID death in Maiduguri.  The whole country is on lockdown for 2 weeks after this weekend. Please pray for people who are food insecure! Peter will be paying our staff a little ahead of time so they can buy food. In Ezekiel’s church they staggered seating for church, and church attendance is down.  […]

Praise and Prayer ~ April 6-13

Praise and Prayer ~ April 6-13 Nigeria Continue to pray for the situation in Nigeria, there have been attacks by the Fulani surrounding Jos. Please pray for peace.  There are now going to be about 2 weeks where everyone is supposed to stay home, and cannot go out to do almost anything! Please pray for […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 30

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 14-21

Nigeria On Wednesday Peter and his team will go to another theological school to set up another training! They are training 150 at the UMCN theological school right now. One of the professors said we should call the gospel card the miracle card, because it is so clear and works so well. Three of the theological […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 24-31

Nigeria The former sheik’s baby has recovered from her illness, praise the Lord!  Comfort and Zainab are in Jos now, for the trainers’ training, please pray for this training! The team hasn’t heard back from everyone, but are hoping to have 25-27 of the head trainers attend. Pray for safety in travel. We thank God […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 17-24

Nigeria  Sam, Valentine, Dauda, Ahamet are training, it is going well! They started this morning, and and by evening there were 147 trainees. The trainees were very organized and attentive, praise God. They went through the gospel tract and practiced together.  Pray for the training as it is challenging to run a training that large!  […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 10-17

Nigeria The former sheik and Ahamet will be meeting all together with some highly educated new believers to do the follow up training, this week! Pray for these new believers! Peter met with leaders in Ilorin with a local denomination which wants us to come and train their pastors and church members. They are very […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 3-10

Nigeria Praise God for David’s safe trip! He had no problems in Lagos.  Peter, Sarah, and David are all working together on finances! Pray for wisdom.  A team member is traveling down to the southwestern part of Nigeria, travel safety. Last week Wednesday someone was kidnapped in the area, please pray for protection and peace.  […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 27-February 3rd

Nigeria Training in Nigeria started around 10 am, with about 63 people! There should be more coming tomorrow. Most are evangelists that have come from far away villages. Please pray! They are in northern Nigeria. They can’t go out in groups to witness during the practical time, because the Muslims would be suspicious and might […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 6-13

Matthew 14 Devotional Thought from Rich: Jesus had compassion on those who were ill even in his time of trouble, he healed their sick! Let us remember in our own difficulties or those of people we love, Jesus feels for us and will respond.  Nigeria Let’s pray for Christians in the North, the Islamic State […]

Prayer and Praise ~ December 30 2019

Nigeria Thank God the Christmas celebration in Jos was peaceful!  Maiduguri was largely peaceful but outside the city on Thursday there was a bride and all her friends that were killed on their way to her wedding. Please pray for all of their family and friends, and pray for an end to these evil attacks […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 16-23

1 Peter 1:13 (NIV)  Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. Nigeria Pray for the former sheik and Ahamet for safe travel! Pray for trainings for next year, there are so many in January, […]

Praise and Prayer

Ethiopia Universities are now at peace, students are back to their studies! Praise God! Pray for Eskendir that he would have wisdom as he works on setting up the conference and the new office Thank God that the President of Ethiopia has received a Nobel Peace Prize. Pray while he leaves the country there will […]

Praise and Prayer ~ December 2-9

Nigeria Boko Haram attacked Lassa, Borno State on Friday night, they were dressed as soldiers. Many were killed, also a lecturer with the university of Gashua was kidnapped. His name is Bitru, please pray for his safe return, and pray for his family, his daughter was ill and he went to visit her, and he […]

Praise and Prayer ~ November 25 – December 2

Nigeria Praise God! Comfort’s journey home went well!  Most of the several hundred girls from the boarding school Comfort, Zainab and Sam ministered to and trained are orphans, who must go live with distant relatives over break, so they are so sad to leave the boarding school. Comfort gave them the example of Esther, that […]

Prayer and Praise ~ November 11

Nigeria Gindiri Training went very well, praise God! The team worked very well together.  Training in Kagoro turned out to be only one day, prayer for better communication in the future! Our team communicated well but there was a miscommunication on the other side. The class was very responsive, they learned the gospel card, and are […]

Praise and Prayer ~ First week of November

Nigeria Gindiri training started with around 110 people, they went out for an outreach, pray for them! The report is that the trainees are very attentive and focused. Pray for strength and wisdom for the trainers.The registrar we have been working with has been transferred, pray for a good working relationship with the next registrar! […]

Praise and Prayer ~ October 21-28

Praise and Prayer Nigeria Please pray for Peter’s wife’s health, she is having further symptoms of hepatitis! She has gone back to her parents’ village to try some herbal remedies. Please pray for Peter and his children while she is gone! Pray for the outreach which is occurring this Saturday, 1200-1600 evangelists will begin ministering […]

Praise and Prayer ~ October 7-14

Rich Praise: Made it back to US. Currently in LA. Meeting with a financial supporter and also with leaders from a partner organization Tue morning: Biola Mission ConneXion speaker meeting Tue lunch: Supporter  Nigeria 70 people there for Niger state training the first day They were expecting 200+, but many are still trying to get […]

Praise and Prayer ~ September 30th

Nigeria:  Pray for the MBB conference, which begins tomorrow! Pray for everyone traveling, especially from states in the far north. About 100 people are here, we are expecting 500 more!  Don Little needs prayer! He left his computer on the airline accidentally, so he needs to recreate all his messages, and he speaks first thing […]