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Newsline for Aug. 19, 2014 (August 19, 2014)

1) Disaster ministry directs grant to CWS work with unaccompanied child refugees, Material Resources sends supplies following floods in Detroit.2) Children’s Disaster Services contracts with new Gulf Coast coordinator. 3) Christian Peacemaker Teams issues urgent call to help displaced Yazidi people. 4) Callie Surber resigns from Brethren Volunteer Service staff. 5) BBT announces new communications director and assistant director of financial operations. 6) Bethany Seminary and ESR hire new computing specialist. 7) Many Brethren commit to a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria. 8) EYN leaders share updates on recent violence in Nigeria, interfaith relief efforts. 9) Why sing in worship? A reflection from Nigeria. 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Many Brethren commit to a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria (August 19, 2014)

Many Church of the Brethren congregations, groups, and individuals are taking part in a week of prayer and fasting for Nigeria, from Sunday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 24. The denomination committed to the week of emphasis on Nigeria as part of a resolution adopted by the 2014 Annual Conference. Brethren are called to pray during a time of violence and suffering in Nigeria, in support of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


EYN leaders share updates on recent violence in Nigeria, interfaith relief efforts (August 19, 2014)

Two leading members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have sent reports detailing recent violence and continuing relief efforts to aid refugees and those fleeing violent attacks by the Boko Haram insurgent group. Reports have been received from Rebecca Dali, who heads up an NGO aiding survivors and who represented EYN at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, and Markus Gamache who serves as EYN staff liaison. Readers are warned that some details about the violence are graphic and may be disturbing: Read more »


Disaster ministry directs grant to CWS work with unaccompanied child refugees, Material Resources sends supplies following floods in Detroit (August 19, 2014)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $25,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the Church World Service response to the surge of unaccompanied child refugees entering the United States. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services contracts with new Gulf Coast coordinator (August 19, 2014)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has contracted with Joy Haskin Rowe to work as the CDS Gulf Coast regional coordinator. She lives in North Port, Fla., and also serves part-time in a pastoral ministry position with Central Christian Church in Bradenton, Fla. Read more »


Callie Surber resigns from Brethren Volunteer Service staff (August 19, 2014)

Callie Surber has resigned as orientation coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS), a position she has held since September 2007. . Read more »


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