2000:

  • Ina Road Church of Christ in Tucson, Arizona and The Colony Church of Christ in The Colony, Texas work with A. Moses Akpan to establish a Nigerian mission.

2001:

  • Moses and members from Ina Road and The Colony travel to Nigeria to determine the physical needs of villagers in Akwa IbomIt is determined that a medical building is needed first.

2002:

  • Medical team from the U.S. travels to Nigeria with donated medical supplies.
  • Land is purchased for a hospital.
  • A doctor and two nurses are hired to staff the hospital.
  • 300+ villagers receive medical care.
  • The Micro-Loan program is established


2003:

  • Two medical mission trips to Nigeria take place.
  • Water tank is obtained to be used by villagers
  • Construction of hospital begins


2004:

  • Leadership positions are established to facilitate operations of the mission
  • The Colony Church of Christ assumes leadership for Nigerian Mission


2005:

  • Members of mission travel to Nigeria to oversee hospital construction progress
  • Director of Laboratory Services in Nigeria is hired
  • Children of Life school for children begins


2006:

  • Construction of the hospital is completed
  • Container donated by those in U.S. with equipment and supplies for hospital and school is delivered to village
  • Nigerian FDA approves hospital; hospital is registered and hiring of staff begin
  • State and local dignitaries help launch the official opening of the hospital
  • Construction of Children of Life school begins and is completed by local Nigerians
  • AFRI President, Asuquo Moses Akpan is invited to speak about work of the center in a broadcast interview with Commissioner of Ministry of Health and Permanent Secretary of Hospitals Management Board


2007:

  • Mission trip conducts medical clinics, leadership training for teachers and others in villages
  • Children of Life Center (school) registers 106 children
  • Bible classes, vision clinics and leadership training events occur
  • Donations for vehicle, library received


2008:

  • Follow-up communications with the Ministry of Health and Permanent Secretary of Hospitals Management Board (MOH) results in consideration of establishing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) program between MOH and AFRI;  Minister of Health visits Tucson
  • AFRI Board of Directors and committees are formed to facilitate running of mission
  • Women for Christ Ministry is established as an outreach program
  • World Care becomes major supporting partner


2009:

  • Two container carrying over $500,000 of medical supplies donated by supporters in U.S. are delivered to the Ministry of Health and the Akwa Ibom hospital through PPP
  • 39 local Nigerians are retained by AFRI for working in hospital and school
  • Hospital begins performing surgeries
  • Maternity ward opens at hospital
  • 267 students are enrolled at the Children of Life school

Chronology

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