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Our History

In 1998, Rev. Dr. Mfon Archibong traveled to the remote villages of Akwa Ibom State in the country of Nigeria. The poverty in this state was unbelievable – the unemployment rate was as high as 85% in some areas, a spreading AIDS virus (among other diseases) and a contaminated water supply made living conditions something from a nightmare. Families struggled then, and still are struggling now, just to survive. The magnitude of the poverty that confronted volunteers on a daily basis, challenged Rev. Archibong to do more.  Helping as a volunteer simply was not enough.

In 2000, the Rev. Dr. Mfon returned with his wife, Mfon (yes, incredibly the couple share the same name), to Akwa Ibom State. Residents welcomed the Archibongs into their huts, where they generously made their visitors feel at home. Hundreds of women told their personal stories of how hard life was, and how they were at great personal risk for being involved in economic self-sufficiency groups where seeds and proceeds are shared.

One night, the Archibongs lay in a small dark hut listening to the wails of these women and their children as they poured out their grief:  The grief of a village devastated by poverty, beyond what most of those living in the West can imagine.

Later, the Archibongs visited a school where a hundred children listened to instruction from their places on the dirt floor. This was a pivotal moment where the Archibongs decided they would build long term relationships with these people. Their hearts were struck with the desire to help them rise from poverty once and for all.

While interacting with the residents, taking in their poverty-restricted circumstances and countless other limitations, there came a sincere tug upon their hearts by the Lord:  Grace Restoration International, was coming into being.

Our Organization

Since 2000, Pastor Mfon and his wife have brought together a group of Christians who have a profound desire to live as a testimony to Christ in us. We come from diverse backgrounds and all of us bring unique talents to contribute to the success of

Grace Restoration International (GRI)

We are continuing to grow, and always looking for more individuals to join our team.

There is a great deal of work to be done, and a great number of lives to be touched!

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities with GRI, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

Board of Directors

Dr. Mfon Archibong

Founder and spiritual leader of Grace Restoration International (GRI) Mfon holds a PhD in Public Health with a major in health promotions from Walden University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from St. Mary’s State University and a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University. He has developed and implemented programs at community, state, national, and international level and is a former school principal with over 20 years of experience motivating, coaching, inspiring and transforming individuals and organizations globally.  He has worked in collaboration with the International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (ICLDNG), which hosts over 1500 youths annually on leadership development. He has initiated Health programs including ASTHMA, HIV/AID, TB, and Malaria in Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria that reduces morbidity and mortality among diverse population specifically from vulnerable children. As the Head of Africa, World Leadership Day, (WLD)I Mfon believes that branding education for the most vulnerable youth population can lead to economic opportunities. Such training has to be outcome-based, innovative and culturally relevant. In 2012, he was awarded the Community Service Leadership Award by the Itam Clan in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria in honor of his work for global human development; health education, peace, advocacy and social work, and entrepreneurship. In 2015, he was awarded Leadership and Service to Humanity Award by International Centre for Leadership Development Nigeria (ICLDNG). Rev. Dr. Mfon has a passion to unite with others to help the poor, and believes each child is special in his or her own unique way. Pastor Mfon is currently a principal in a charter school in Minneapolis, and is originally from Nigeria.

Mrs. Mfon Archibong

Mrs. Archibong is the real leader of GRI, as her support of Pastor Mfon and her unwavering love of God shines through at all meetings. She is also a native of Nigeria and has traveled often to impoverished regions.

Darcy J. Wells

Darcy has been involved with GRI for several years and her total commitment has been demonstrated time and time again, especially through her travels to Africa where she worked hard to reach the poor with medicine, food and other provisions. Her strength, like all members, comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but with Darcy, that strength is evident in her joy.