Dear friends and supporters, Life has become increasingly more difficult for
the people of Nigeria in the past four years. The economy and unemployment are the worst in many years, kidnapping and general lawlessness have become an epidemic, and grinding poverty is getting worse for millions of people.
And yet, despite all of these challenges, our full-time clinics continue to serve needy people every day. And our medical outreach missions and mobile clinics are helping thousands of people with basic medical care. In 2022, we served more people than ever before (29,000+) and 2023 is surpassing our impact from the previous year. The reason for this record of service is, first and foremost, the courage of our clinic staff and local partners in Nigeria. Two of our clinics have lost doctors due to fear of being kidnapped, but the nurses and midwives have kept the clinics running until new doctors could be found. Some of our clinic staff have been forced to leave their posts due to violence but have returned when the trouble passed. Some of our doctors have stayed on their post despite several (failed) kidnap attempts. We are grateful for the courage and dedication of our clinic workers. And we are grateful for all of you who support our clinics with your donations and your prayer. In this issue you will read some personal stories of the people helped by your donations and our local clinic staff. Working together, we are making a real difference in the lives of real people. As always, our goal is to share the love of Jesus through medical care to those who cannot otherwise afford it. Thank you for helping to make that possible to more and more people every year. Please keep supporting our work as generously as you can. There is an envelope enclosed for your convenience. We are grateful for gifts of every size.
The Rev. Tom Furrer