Praise and Prayer ~ September 23-30

Nigeria: Staff training this week! Pray for grace and for the Holy Spirit’s presence! Please continue to pray for the new believers and new trainees from the refugee camps outside of Jos! There will be a meeting with spouses of our trainers and staff for the Nigeria team this week as well, to answer all […]

Praise and Prayer ~ September 2-9

Prayer and Praise ~ September 2nd-9th Nigeria Peter’s visa interview is Friday! Pray for mercy for him from person interviewing him! The US government hasn’t been accepting people easily. Pray for Ruth’s family, today is the year anniversary of his death in a Muslim attack. He was a strong Christian and is with the Lord […]

Psalm 84 ~ Happy

Trusting God isn’t easy. It is a phrase I write with fear and trembling. I’ve seen firsthand what trusting God looks like. When people sing songs about trusting God in church…when the music is all major chords, and people all around declaring confidently that they’ll trust God with everything, there is a part of me […]

Praise and Prayer ~ August 26-September 1

Nigeria Pray for preparations for the big conference, there are a lot of important details that still need to be sorted out! Peter and the team went out to visit people with the newsletters and fundraising materials, and challenged them to financially support the ministry, and it went very well, praise God! Tomorrow through Friday, […]

Prayer and Praise ~ August 19-26

Nigeria Pray for continued grace for the Nigeria team to set up all of the conferences in the fall! There are many preparations that need to be made, and a lot of communications that need to go smoothly.  Pray for our continued working relationship with the sheik! He is deciding whether or not he wants […]

Praise and Prayer ~ August 12-19

Praise and Prayer Nigeria The Nigeria team is in the thick of preparing for the three conferences! Please pray for them for wisdom as they are trying to anticipate how many people will be in attendance; Peter is waiting to receive final names and numbers. With regard to the Hausa Background Believer Conference, we will […]

Praise and Prayer ~ July 29-August 5th

Praise and Prayer ~ July 29 Nigeria  The former sheik and his wife just welcomed a new baby girl, Grace Miriam! Praise God! Comfort lost her father-in-law, please pray for her! Ruth told the staff that a teenage boy from her village who is related to her husband, was kidnapped after his father was beaten, […]

Praise and Prayer ~ July 22-29

Nigeria  The training in the UMCN northern conference Gwandum went very well, the turnout was encouraging! Sam, Dauda, Ahamet and Ishaku together trained over 260 people, mostly evangelists and members of the church. They were able to give certificates to 245. During the practicals, on the first day, the participants didn’t want to go out […]

Praise and Prayer ~ July 14-21

Nigeria:  Maiduguri has been safe this week! The weather has been so hot, we believe that this is part of the reason there have been no attacks even on the surrounding villages,.  Pray that God will help Comfort pull together a training! There are many little churches as well as Good News church that have […]

Praise and Prayer ~ July 1-8

Nigeria Monday there was another attack by the Boko Haram in the north! Also there was a demonstration in the refugee camp outside Maiduguri, they have not received their regularly scheduled aid in 3 or 4 months. Prayer that people would not misappropriate funds meant for the vulnerable, and that God would provide for them!  […]

Praise and Prayer ~ June 24-31

Nigeria Comfort asks for prayer for security in Borno state and that the Christians are given the strength in the Spirit to stand firm in the midst of severe persecution. The Boko Haram attacked on Saturday and were repelled, but not before about fifty people died. Please pray for an end to the violence! The […]

Bread of Life

Zainab was facing severe discouragement in her life, but she was so blessed through the work of God through the training we ran at Emmaus Bible School she now has hope! This is her story… “This is my twelfth year running a baking school to support myself and my ministry, and this year things became […]

Praise and Prayer ~ June 17-24

Nigeria Praise the Lord we got a new small car for the Nigeria team (Peter laughed for several minutes when we ask if the AC worked, he said the mechanic told him he forgot to fix it) but the seatbelts do! Pray we need to get seatbelts for the van!  The larger meeting with the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ 2nd week of June

Nigeria Rich began working with sheik ad his coworker writing MBB materials, they outlined what an MBB needs practically to transition to the church. Praise God! Rich heard many stories about why these materials are necessary. In one scenario a Muslim convert went to church in Maiduguri, and the people at the gate refused to let […]

Praise and Prayer ~ June 3-10

Nigeria:  It is very hot in Maiduguri! Prayers for everyone for relief from the heat.  Comfort was able to share the training with 6 widows from a Baptist denomination. Some are widowed because of the Boko Haram, they all have between 2-4 kids. Prayer for them for their needs and ministry! For safety in Maiduguri […]

God’s Mercy to the North ~ Peter’s Report on the FFICM/ITEC training

The FFICM staff team went north for the training of the leaders, pastors and members of some of the discipleship centers that we are working with. Pictured below is a center where Sarah* (the leader) has some Muslim background believers, and the Maguzawa who are looking for a safe place to stay from their family […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 27

Nigeria  Sam’s baby Josiah is healed! Praise God! Praise God that the Nigeria team is now safely in Jos, praise God for safe travels and a successful program! Nearly every one of the trainees left certified in some skill. Some were able to learn more than others, so prayers for those who were disappointed that […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 22nd

Nigeria:  Comfort asks for prayer for the villages of Lassa, Dille, and Tarpaya, that are all under attack by the Boko Haram, and no one is coming to their aid! Please pray for mercy for them. In her words, the situation for those vulnerable villages is this, “If you can run and escape good, if […]

Understanding Christian love in the midst of Nigeria’s ethnic cleansing

“Love conquers, more than violence…the word of God is pushing us to love them, even though they are doing what is not right to us, we are compelled” (Peter Wash, Nigeria Director, Firm Foundations) Christians in northern Nigeria (where Nigeria Director Peter Wash lives) suffer near-incessant massacres at the hands of both Fulani Muslim militants […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 13-20

Cameroon Please continue to pray for peace for the country between the English speaking region and the French speaking region, that God would change the hearts of those in power.  Please continue to pray for healing for Florence and also for her husband! Pray for the young evangelists in Mbingo and the new believers that […]

Loving like Jesus

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the […]

Praise and Prayer ~ May 6-12

Praise and Prayer Nigeria This next week FFICM starts their training for Muslim background believers in Kano! There are 60 people registered. We have four staff members who will be up there running the training, please pray for safety in travel, and prayer for the trainees who will be there that the Holy Spirit prepares […]

Praise and Prayer ~ April 22-29

Nigeria Continue to pray for security in the country, they are experiencing relative peace in Jos! Tomorrow Comfort should be in Jos for the annual conference, she is currently traveling; pray for journey mercies for her.  Pray for open doors, more and more people are knowing what we do! An ECWA brigade in Jos is […]

“I never knew that the Holy Spirit was with me”

Dear Friends, Here are some of the written reflections from trainees from recent trainings! “I must wake up to be more serious about having my quiet time alone with God” “I want to put to death my sins, rather than “putting them in prison.” “Prayer will give me boldness to witness.” “I must approach the […]

Prayer and Praise ~ April 11

Nigeria:  The date for the surgery for Samuel’s little boy, Josiah, keeps getting changed, it is now supposed to be the 17th of April. Samuel is going to talk to the doctor to make sure they are being upfront with him about all of the medical information, pray for grace and truth! Peter and Rick […]

Modern Day Paul and the Muslim World

In the New Testament we read the story of Saul, a religious extremist who persecuted Christians. While on his way to Damascus to take violent acts against Christians, Saul heard the voice of Jesus in a bright light and was blinded. After speaking with a disciple in Damascus, he was converted from an enemy of […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 27th

  Nigeria Praise God, 100 people came to Christ as a result of the outreach in Gindiri, they are being followed up! We also got a lot of written feedback from the students. Pray for wisdom as the students stategize how to reach the area. Local elections were re-conducted, because the people in power didn’t […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 18

Nigeria: Peter, Rick, and Michael Osang are conducting a training starting today at Gindiri Theological Seminary with around 120 students. They have gone out to evangelize this evening. Prayer them as they grow, and for the team as they minister! The former sheik and Ishaku Pate is on another journey to follow up with MBBs! […]

Praise and Prayer ~ March 12

Nigeria:  During the election people were afraid to move around in Maiduguri, now that the election results have been announced people have been able to go around the city. Pray for peace and for relief from the attacks on the Boko Haram.  Praise God that the set-up for the collaborative training with Steve Saint’s organization […]

Prayer and Praise ~ March 4th

  Cameroon Pray for the ongoing crisis in Cameroon, and also for Florence’s team of volunteers in Mbingo! Praise God that the roads are open, and patients are able to come into the hospital.  Florence is busy farming as well as training. Pray for protection for her and those that are at risk in the […]

Prayer and Praise ~ February 11th

  Nigeria The former sheik and Ishaku are traveling to Jalingo this week to check on MBB converts; particularly two new converts, to discern what would be the best course of action for their situation. Pray for them for safe travel! They hope to be back in Jos by Friday. Last week the Nigeria team […]

Praise and Prayer ~ February 4th

Ethiopia:  We are expecting about 20 pastors from Eritrea, 20 from the refugee camps. Pray for those who are coming from Eritrea, they are hoping to cross the border on foot.  Everything for the training is in order! Praise God for blessing on the preparation efforts. The security issues around Bonga and Hawassa are getting […]

Praise and Prayer ~ January 28th

  Nigeria: Rich, Peter and the team met with Muslim Background Believers for 3 hours! Some are those that the former sheik led to the Lord only a few weeks ago. Please pray for them as some of them have come from very intense situations. We discovered of our workers planted a church in Jalingo; […]

Living Hope

Cameroon -Pray for hospital. Currently at only 20% capacity due to unrest in the area. Roads around there are constantly being closed. People are dying at home and not able to go to hospital. -They are being told that February will be worse that January in the English speaking areas of Cameroon. There will not […]

The Cross by Night

  Praise and Prayer Nigeria Peter’s wife started taking the drugs for her illness three days ago; as of yesterday there has been a great improvement! She’s feeling great relief for the pain in her abdomen! Praise God and pray for her continued healing. The former sheik and Ishak Pate left for Bali! They’re going […]

Praise and Prayer December 18th!

  Nigeria:  Praise Sam is safe after his travels! Our friend and partner, Nuhu, the head of NLFA needed a serious eye-surgery, it has been successful, and he is back in Jos! Praise God for journey mercies to Nassarawa state; we now have an open door with ECWA. They want us to train all their […]

Praise and Prayer December 11!

Nigeria:  Praise Comfort and her friends were able to do an outreach last week, and came back Monday safely! They came through Bama, and went to Nchikka, Gwoza, Goza. Praise God for protecting them and for their ministry! The former sheik has been able to meet with 8 of the new converts whose lives were […]

A Word from Florence

  THE WORD BECAME FLESH The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (Immanuel) God with us (St. John 1:14) For God so love the world, that He made His dwelling among men. In Christ, Jesus was the totality of God (Col. 2:9.) For the God of all creation so loved the world […]

Praise and Prayer November 20th; Thanks in Great Trial!

Nigeria: Praise Thanks be to God, we have been able to hire someone who specializes in working with Muslim background believers! Rick was able to talk to the chapel and Gindiri Theological Seminary, and ask how many needed new materials who had already been trained, and several raised their hands; we dropped off materials for […]

Praise and Prayer November 12!

  Nigeria: Praise Ron and Rick are having a great time in Gindiri! Good interaction with students. We have 17 new MBBs who resulted from the Bali outreach! Prayer Pray for Maiduguri, several villages attacked after the government killed Boko Haram members.  Comfort is running a training and planning on going out to evangelize and […]

Reason and Rhyme

  All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien Legalists of both the liberal and conservative variety treat truth similarly; as though it were a collection of facts that we […]

Praise and Prayer October 29th!

  Nigeria: Praise Peter’s house could have burned down. His daughter accidentally left something on the stove when they went out for the evening, but a neighbor saw the pot smoking and broke in through the window to put out the fire. Praise God that his family and home are all safe! The 600 evangelists […]

Praise and Prayer Oct 23rd!

Nigeria: Praise For safe travel for the Nigeria team to Bali There are two trainees in Bali who are interested in coming onto the team as trainers! It would be wonderful to have two trainers in that location. Prayer In a village in Kaduna yesterday, 55 people were killed, and the chief and his family […]

Praise and Prayer October 15th!

Nigeria: Praise That everyone is currently safe! Prayer There is still killing, Peter’s wife just called to warn him there’s trouble in Jos Jarawa again. On Bauchi road, a group of Muslims has taken over, is stopping cars, taking the Christians out and killing them, and Ishaku Pate has to travel on this road! Ruth’s […]

September Ministry ~ Peter Wash

    We had a trainers’ training from the 6th – 8th of September. We had people from Cameroon, and Comfort from Maiduguri, Jonah and Jacob from Jalingo, Mwanta from Nassarawa, Sunday and Benjamin from NLFA, and some pastors of COCIN then volunteers working with us. We specifically trained on how to teach people in […]

Prayer and Praise October 9th!

  Nigeria: Praise baby Josiah (Sam and Jessica’s son) is doing better! The MBB conference went very well and everyone got there safe! The training in Abuja was a success, and the ECWA church was so grateful for it they donated 200,000 Niara to the ministry as a thank-you! killings have abated somewhat in Maiduguri […]

Praise and Prayer Sept 24th

  Nigeria   Praise God heard our prayers for cooler weather! The team in Jalingo is experiencing relief from the heat Comfort and Peter are going with teams of pastors to evangelize this evening! Praise God that the UMCN has done an excellent job mobilizing their pastors for this training, and they are eager to […]

What does it mean to Abide?

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from […]

Praise and Prayer August 27th!

Ethiopia Praise Pastor Jacob reported that the students led 2,299 people to the Lord, with an additional 2,258 who have promised they will come to church (and we today received a report that many are following through with that desire!) Eyasu has sent 400-500 requested copies of follow-up materials for the training to Hawassa! Pray […]