Wednesday, August 24, 2011

nativity:nigeria

I just had the awesome privilege of spending some time with our Nativity:Nigeria partners a few weeks ago. I spent most of my time in Nigeria at the Faith Alive Foundation in Jos. Another team from Nativity spent two weeks with Sr. Oresoa at the Anawim Home Orphanage -- I was only able to visit with Sister for an afternoon, so be sure to check out the Nativity:Nigeria blog to hear stories and reflections from that team.

Dr. Chris Isichei is the founding coordinator of the free hospital, which also now runs satellite clinics in Fabor, Kafanchan, Bakin Kogi, and Andaha as well as a primary school in Hwol Yarje. To say that the are doing amazing work is an understatement...

I'll be sharing some more of my thoughts over the next few weeks, but wanted to get a post up this week... We all shared some thoughts with the doctors and staff at Faith Alive on our last day. I made comments on three things -- and these three things make me and Church of the Nativity so incredibly proud to partner with Faith Alive.

The vision of Church of the Nativity starts with the phrase "Making Church matter by growing disciples growing disciples..." We are disciples who are committed to growing in our relationship with Christ internally and intentionally. The entire staff at Faith Alive Foundation not only meets once per week to have a learning session, not just do they also train and educate medical students in Jos, but Dr. Chris himself holds personal Christian leadership and mentoring classes with up-and-coming leaders in the community. What an inspiration to see a glimpse of our vision being realized in one of our partners.

Secondly, and speaking of vision, it was so obvious to me and my team that the vision of Faith Alive is being carried not just by Dr. Chris but by the entire organization. We had passionate conversations with everyone from the managers of the store room to doctors in the emergency room about how essential the work is that they are doing, and how it's not just a great work to be done, but it's a God-inspired vision to take part in. They set goals that seem to be impossible so that when they are accomplished, God gets the glory.

And finally, a concept that is not easy to master, the Faith Alive Foundation has married good works with the Good News. They are successfully treating and caring for thousands of patients, have carried out 300 surgeries (with only 1 fatality) in a few short years, and will continue to grow as a healthy organization to provide excellent medical care to the surrounding communities... Not just that, but they are evangelizing to each and every patient, the staff, which they call a family, are going to the streets with the message of salvation (40 some people saved last month), and each day begins and ends with devotion and prayer.

I'll say again how proud we are to partner with such an amazing organization. And I should also thank all of our past missionaries who have traveled to Jos and formed relationships with people in the Faith Alive family -- it is the relationships that you have built that our partnership is standing on now. I'm grateful for all your contributions and very excited about all that God has in store for the future...

1 comment:

  1. Brian, this is exactly how I and the 2009 team felt. We prayed for the partnership that is happening now between Nativity and Faith Alive. You are doing a great job. It is a blessing to read this blog and hear the stories and to know that Nativity missions is bearing much fruit for the Lord.

    Teresa Pompa

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