During FFICM’s president and founder, Rich Gardner’s, 27 years as a missionary, he helped men and women in Nigeria read about God’s love for them by translating the New Testament into their own language of Afizere. During that time, he saw Christian outreach events where hundreds of people would come forward to dedicate their lives to Jesus. Sadly, in many areas, very few of those that committed their lives to Christ followed through on their decision.
He knew we had to help these lost and hurting people. Like sheep without a shepherd, they lacked anyone to lead them to what they hungered for. Left alone, they wandered away into the unknown.
The answer wasn’t hard. But he couldn’t do it alone. “Train them,” God seemed to say to him. “Show them what it means to have a relationship with Me, not to follow a religion.”Rich and people God brought alongside him began to work together to develop a strategy, not just to evangelize, but to follow-up with new believers so that they would have a strong and lifelong relationship with Jesus.”