This 35-acres was purchased in 2010. It was farming community between two townships called Du and Bisichi. These two towns experienced severe hostility, then the epicentre of violence between Fulani herders and indigenous Christian crop farmers in Nigeria. The CFM team got to work building relationships between the two groups of people and today there is zero violence and cooperative agriculture between the communities.
We started building the perimeter wall along the main road in 2011. Work continued slowly and in 2014 Kent suffered a terrorist attack (a car ambush) in which the provost of CFM was murdered. Work stopped on the Wurin Alheri site at that time, primarily due to the large scale terrorism then taking place in Jos and in the states around us. Thousands of people were being murdered, suicide bombings were common in our city, and scores of thousands of people were being displaced monthly. We had to allocate all funds towards relieving the suffering and building the peace, to defeat the terrorism.
What we see in this photo of Wurin Alheri has been built in nine years. The buildings account for about 20 or 30% of CFM costs during this period. These buildings are used seven days per week in serving “the least” of our society, from all backgrounds, to spread the gospel of Christ, disciple, restore and educate people and communities in Nigeria and some surrounding nations.
The reservoir in the photo was built by CFM also. A seasonal stream runs through the valley and with the help of friends we erected a 30ft high earth-wall to make a dam. This dam extends back almost a kilometre, and the reservoir serves Wurin Alheri and the local farming community, especially for dry season farming. Other businesses, like block making, also use the dam. Fulani water their herds there, stopping water disputes. Fish are filling the water. At the dam, we are one community, with peaceful economic opportunities.
The letter of James speaks about doing what is right towards the poor, to make that our priority and from this God’s faithfulness and supply shall meet all our needs. This is clearly what we are seeing here: the Lord’s impeccable faithfulness each and every day. He is providing where we have no provision.
In the photo of the site, there is an uncompleted building on the far left. This is our permanent hospital, which is currently being roofed. At the far right of the photo is an apartment block, where Kent, Ruth and son Daniel live, along with some of our other staff families. The site contains a site kitchen, a crisis-care home for children, a junior and secondary school for children, a chapel for church services, two computer centres, staff offices, staff flats, CFI (CFM’s bible college), CFM’s discipleship centre (safe-house converts in danger), CFM’s hospital, CFM’s vocational centre, cafeteria, small shops, bakery and farms.