Activity book will help children understand Nigeria crisis, among other new Nigeria-related resources




Nigeria resources are displayed at the Annual Conference bookstore offered by Brethren Press. Here, the new t-shirts proclaiming Nigerian and American Brethren
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Nigeria resources are displayed at the Annual Conference bookstore offered by Brethren Press. Here, the new t-shirts proclaiming Nigerian and American Brethren "One Body in Christ" are displayed beside the new children's activity book on Nigeria, "Children of the Same Mother," among other resources.

A children’s activity book “Children of the Same Mother” aims to help American children understand the crisis affecting Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). It is just one of the new Nigeria-related resources offered by Brethren Press, and debuted at the bookstore at the 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa.

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Also among the new resources:

An art print of Sandra Jean Ceas’ #BringBackOurGirls artwork highlights the abduction of the schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, with a small gingham dress representing each of the more than 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014.

T-shirts that proclaim “One Body in Christ” bear the names of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) in a bright batik-style graphic on a black cotton t-shirt fabric. (See order information below.)

Children’s activity book

The 32-page magazine-style “Children of the Same Mother: A Nigeria Activity Book” was created at the initiative of Global Mission and Service, written by Jan Fischer Bachman, and designed by Paul Stocksdale. A foreword by Kathleen Fry-Miller of Children’s Disaster Services advises on how to talk with children about the crisis.

Colorful illustrations, stories, games, and puzzles make the activity book attractive for all ages of children. Information about Nigeria and the Church of the Brethren Mission in Nigeria--out of which EYN grew as an independent African church--will bring children, older siblings, and parents closer to the Nigerian Brethren.

An excerpt:

How can I help? Pray. EYN leaders say that prayer and fasting help them the most. We can tell God how sad we are for the ways that things have gone wrong. We can ask for God to keep people safe and make sure they have enough food and a place to sleep. We can tell God how we long for peace to come again. We can give thanks for the beautiful examples of all those helping each other. And, because God told us to, we can pray for the people who are attacking and hurting others, for we know that by doing this they are injuring themselves too.

To purchase these resources

“Children of the Same Mother: A Nigeria Activity Book” is available for $5 per copy or $4 each for orders of 10 copies or more.

The art print of Sandra Jean Ceas’ #BringBackOurGirls artwork inspired by the abduction of the schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, is available for $25.

T-shirts proclaiming “One Body in Christ” are available in three colors (orange, blue, or green), each printed on a black cotton t-shirt fabric. Cost is $25.

Purchases of these two latter items will help support the Nigeria Crisis Fund. Shipping and handling will be added to the prices listed above. Order online at www.brethrenpress.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=235 or call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712.

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