Nigerian Brethren Continue to Suffer Attacks, Global Mission and Service Sends Relief Funds

The members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria or EYN) continue to suffer attacks from the extremist group Boko Haram. EYN president Samuel Dante Dali reported by e-mail yesterday that another attack has destroyed homes, and family members of a church evangelist have been kidnapped.

Two grants have been given through the Global Mission and Service office of the Church of the Brethren in order to help support immediate relief efforts with survivors and refugees, reports Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service.

“Very sad to inform that the Boko Haram has attacked Dlamankara near Waga in Gwoza Local Government area last night and destroyed many Christian houses mostly belonging to EYN members,” Dali’s e-mail said. “They have also kidnapped a wife of one our evangelists together with her little child. The few army who were there could not control them and so the army had to  run into the bush for their life and left the insurgents to destroy the village.

“Please, continue to pray for EYN and the pastor.”

A grant of $5,000 from the Global Mission and Service budget for Nigeria mission work is being sent to Nigeria to support the immediate relief efforts of CCEPI, the Center for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives. CCEPI is led by Rebecca Dali, wife of EYN president Samuel Dali. She founded the nonprofit in order to provide care for women and children affected by the violence in northeastern Nigeria, orphans, and refugees who have been fleeing to Cameroon and those displaced within Nigeria.

A grant of $10,000 is going to support a water project in a village where refugees are being housed, close to the EYN headquarters and Kulp Bible College. The village has shared the water supply of the Bible college, Wittmeyer said, but access to more water is needed for the number of people displaced by violence who are now living there. Through the Millennium Development Goals, EYN was able to drill a second well for the area, but has not had the ability to get the water out and to the people, Wittmeyer reported. The grant will help the village access the water from the second well. The money for the grant is coming from giving designated for water projects, given through Global Mission and Service, Wittmeyer said.

To help contribute to the relief work of EYN, gifts are being received to the EYN Compassion Fund at https://secure2.convio.net/cob/site/Donation2?3620.donation=form1&df_id=3620 .