One Man’s Journey to All 44 Churches in Southern Pennsylvania District

While sitting at our District Conference in 2011, I turned to my pastor and whispered that I suddenly felt a need to visit all 44 congregations in our district. His look of question probably matched my confused feeling, for even as the words left my mouth I had no idea why I had the need to do this. I wasn’t sure I had the time, or the energy, to carry it through. Up to this point, I had only visited a few other congregations outside of Mechanicsburg, which I have been part of since birth. All I knew for sure was that I was being nudged for some unknown reason to take this venture. […]

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Brethren Bits for May 20, 2014

In this issue: Remembering former mission doctor Marvin Blough, assistant coordinators named for next workcamp season–plus workcamp commissioning resources, Washington City Church seeks food ministries coordinator, promising new legislation in the Dominican Republic, orientation dates for the Brethren Academy, and much more. […]

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Attack by Boko Haram Kills Nigerian Brethren, EYN President Requests Continued Prayer

Samuel Dali, president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or EYN), sent news today by e-mail of a new attack by Boko Haram in which several EYN members were killed. Boko Haram is an extremist sect in northern Nigeria violently seeking a “pure” Islamic state, and is responsible for last month’s abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria.
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Brethren and Ecumenical Partners Continue Support for Nigeria and the Abducted Girls

A round up of news tidbits from this past week, demonstrating a variety of ways in which Brethren congregations and districts have been offering prayer and support for Nigerian Brethren and the abducted schoolgirls. Also below: statements of support from ecumenical partners, as well as media interviews and stories with links to find them online:
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Newsline for May 20, 2014

1) Planting conference looks toward an intercultural church. 2) Bethany Seminary celebrates commencement. 3) Nominations sought for Open Roof Awards. 4) Committee studying ecumenism seeks responses to survey. 5) Attack by Boko Haram kills Nigerian Brethren, EYN president requests continued prayer. 6) EYN church leaders meet with 58 Chibok schoolgirls’ parents. 7) Brethren and ecumenical partners continue support for Nigeria and the abducted girls. 8) Ten Bible studies available to help youth prepare for NYC 2014. 9) One man’s journey to all 44 churches in Southern Pennsylvania District. 10) Brethren bits […]

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