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What do you do?
CFM operates near Jos, a region
suffering from two decades of
ongoing violent conflict and
terrorism. CFM provides support
from biblical training to quality education, from crisis care for
children who have been victims of
violence to farming to create relationships between Christians and
Muslims. CFM works as a bridge
for creating peace in this hostile
CFI, the Bible college is the foundation tool: training leaders with
Christ-centred lives. CF Hospital
director, Dr Mark Steve Alechenu,
was first trained in the Bible school
on a scholarship and later went on
country and acts as a safe haven
for so many. They equip believers
in evangelism and offers support
networks for new Christians. CF
Hospital serves vulnerable Wurin
Alheri residents, staff, and Muslim
and Christian neighbours with low
cost or free quality medical care.
How do you do it?
CFM’s amazing team serve selflessly and tirelessly. Key team
leaders trained earlier during Kent
& Ruth’s 35 years in Nigeria, have
a passion to see the practical outworking of the Gospel of Peace
restored and rebuild this nation,
using every tool at their disposal to
share the gospel in word and deed.
Overseas donors help support the
work through CFMI.
to study Medicine. He holds fast to
the healing love of Christ in helping
those who the world disregards.
Selfless love demonstrated by the
team brings change: transforming
lives and building hope in those
who face despair.
What impact have
In the last major local outbreak of
violence in 2018, youth of Muslim
communities around Wurin Alheri
refused to take up weapons. These
villages have been the epicentre of
local violence during brutal Boko
Haram terrorism and two decades of deadly farmer and community retaliatory conflict. Acts of
kindness in training for free marginalised local youth, providing low
cost or free medical care, paying
school fees for children of widows,
helping with food and restoration
of livelihoods to desperate families, have bought a new respect
for and openness to the gospel. Hearts clamped fast against
the gospel message are melting.
Muslims now defend our rights
to preach the gospel and shelter
persecuted Muslim converts.
Meeting the ongoing running
costs is a major challenge. Communities devastated by conflict,
without government provision of
medical care, education, with no
public provision for the destitute,
desperately need help. Security is
a big challenge in a country of such
conflict. Completing and equipping the large two-storey build-
ing of the hospital, including full
diagnostic lab, x-ray facilities and
surgical suite, hepatitis and HIV
services. A major future challenge
is to bring CFM to self-sustainability. This requires investment
in quality physical and human
resources now, which can eventually produce income to sustain the
What are some of your biggest challenges?
How can we be praying?
Please pray for God’s wisdom for
CFM leaders in handling the many
complex and diverse challenges
that come with working in a conflict zone. Please pray that God
will continue to supply all CFM’s
needs to help local communities
and model the change the gospel
of Jesus Christ brings.