Welcome AFRI New Executive Director
Leo “Randy” Randolph
As the new year is upon us, we are excited to announce the newest member at AFRI, Leo “Randy” Randolph, as our new executive director. This isn’t the first position Randy has held with AFRI. Randy has also served on the Board of Directors as Vice President in Charge of Facilities. He has also had the privilege and honor of overseeing the initial construction of the Center in 2003, when the AFRI Mission Team went to Nigeria.
Randy is bringing over fifty years of experience to our team. He has served a variety of Church of Christ locations across the country sharing God’s Word. While serving at these locations, Randy was able to increase attendance by captivating and challenging attendants by showing them the light and the truth of Jesus Christ. While inspiring existing members of The Church of Christ, he was able to share the light onto people’s lives with the water of baptism over one hundred times. He went further than just the church walls! Randy has helped the incarcerated, the sick, the wounded, the shut in and the disabled. It doesn’t stop there, Randy also has the drive to share the Word of God abroad and has been a part of mission trips in over seven countries. When he isn’t actively preaching, Randy is a devoted husband, an avid outdoorsman and a private pilot. AFRI is excited for Randy to be a part of the team and for his passion for Christ to lead us to a brighter tomorrow.
The African Family Resource International mission began as the dream of Asuquo Moses Akpan. Asuquo had a desire to help people in his home village and the surrounding communities in Southern Nigeria. His dream was to build a medical treatment center and additional supporting infrastructure for these villages.
In 2003 construction of the medical center began, brick by brick. The center was officially opened in December 2006. This 20,000 square foot facility serves the health care needs of numerous orphans and families.
Construction of a school, the Children of Life Center, was also underway, and by 2005, began accepting students. By 2007, attendance reached over 300. The school was later renamed the Christian Entrepreneur and Leadership Academy (CELA).
Other AFRI projects erupted acros the village as the mission became more successful. A Women for Christ Ministry was established in 2008, as well as a maternity ward in the hospital in 2009. A Mobile Medical Clinic began in 2007 which enables staff to travel by automobile to other rural areas to provide treatment to those who are unable to get to the hospital. Additionally, a loan program was established in 2002, assisting villagers in times of need.
All AFRI functions are approved and inspected by the appropriate state governing boards. Reminiscing of the whole experience, Asuquo states, "Armed with almost no resources but humility, prayers and determination, AFRI launched the Christian Family Mission of Nigeria. It began as a leap of faith, trusting God to make the dream come true. Clearly the dream has come true. Only in America can children dream and have the opportunity to make the dream come true, and we give praises to God who makes it all possible."
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