Thursday, April 15, 2010
No Trips to Nigeria until April 2011
Dr. Chris regrets to inform Western visitors that due to security advice and concerns (the recent violence in Jos and upcoming presidential elections), he does not wish individuals or groups to travel to Nigeria until at least April 2011. He says, "It's very sad and a painful decision but I have struggled with Faith and Reality."
Sally reminds us that "this is a most difficult time for the Isicheis and the whole FA Family, especially because FA is ending its PEPFAR "partnership" with AIDSRelief (Catholic Relief Services-Nigeria) and working on transitioning to another, more reliable partner. Without foreign visitors, the need for financial assistance will be especially critical. If any of you want to donate funds to keep its programs going throughout this hard time and are not in the habit of wiring funds directly to FA's bank in Jos, it would be best to send checks made payable to "Hope for West Africa Foundation, Inc." and mail them to 1810 A York Road, Suite 122, Lutherville, MD 21093 or donate via its website at www.hopeforwestafrica.org, noting that the funds are for its Faith Alive projects. Heartfelt thanks for your prayers and other support in all the forms it has taken thus far. I know you will continue to help in whatever ways you can."
I don't know about you, but I'm going to ramp up prayer and support efforts for Faith Alive until, God-willing, I can be there with them again. (Garage sale for FA in Fort Collins next month -- anyone want to help?)