Dear Friends and Supporters,
This year has been a difficult year for everyone here in the US. The COVID 19 pandemic, the lockdowns and the subsequent economic crisis has wreaked havoc all over the world. As bad as it has been here at home, it has been even more difficult for the our six clinics and the thousands of people they serve in Nigeria.
The good news is that, at least until now, the virus has not spread as rapidly nor caused as many deaths on a per-capita basis as it has in the wealthier countries of the world. No one is sure why this is so, but we hope and pray that the trend continues.
The bad news is that the Nigerian economy ( which was already in a deep recession due to the world-wide drop in oil prices) has now become much worse. The urban and rural poor have suffered the worst and many are starving. Also, because of scarce resources, various forms of lawlessness, including kidnapping, armed robbery and ethnic genocide have increased dramatically. Three of our clinics in Kaduna state (Kateri, Iburu and Gidan-Waya) have been most severely affected by all of these trends. It has become much more difficult to attract and retain doctors under these circumstances. Two of our doctors have left for fear of being killed in the ethnic violence. One of our clinics is now being run by a senior nurse until we can find another doctor.
And yet, in spite of all of these challenges, we persevere. We are not giving up and we are not going away. God has called us to this ministry of love and mercy and we trust that God will sustain us. More than ever, the people we serve need simple, decent and affordable medical care.
And more than ever, we need your prayers and your financial support. Please pray for our work every day. And please keep supporting us as generously as you are able.
Rev. Tom Furrer