What did God have planned for an African boy born in 1958, the 11th and last child of a polygamous, carpenter father and his senior wife who lived in extreme poverty? Plenty, if you know Dr. Christian Isichei, Founder and Coordinator of the Faith Alive Hospital in Jos, Nigeria. Whether Dr. Chris preaches on
July 15 at First Presbyterian Church (531 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins) about losing four siblings, going to university on the 1-1 plan (1 meal once a day), using his name to protect him during a deadly crisis, or being called “Mr. 9 pm,” his stories will inspire and give you a hopeful
perspective about your own life and problems.
As a university student, he read an article about what one Christian doctor can do for the poor. He saved the article and looked at it again after he returned from his first visit to the U.S. where he saw healthcare in the developed world—a striking contrast to his home country. Armed in 1996 with medical training, a desire to share Jesus Christ with a hurting world, $333, and a vision to start a holistic healthcare center, he hung a shingle outside a small office building in Jos. He prayed, waited and trusted God. Someone came. More people came. Soon thousands arrived, many with HIV. Today he runs a three-story hospital offering medicine, surgery, social services and skills-training, among other things—all at no cost to the patients.
Come hear Dr. Christian Isichei preach on Sunday, July 15 as he shares the story of God’s faithfulness in his life…and his vision for the next chapter. Then come back to First Presbyterian Church that evening at 6 p.m. for an inspiring evening of good food, fellowship, music, personal stories, and of course, the main event—Dr. Chris talking about God’s faithfulness at the Faith Alive Hospital in Jos, Nigeria.