By Carl and Roxane Hill
In mid-April, Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa., sponsored a dinner and silent auction to help support the Nigeria Crisis Fund. Jennifer Cox, one of the event organizers, said, “Church of the Brethren in the United States has responded to the crisis with an outpouring of resources to bring relief and hope to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are living daily with the threat of violence.”
The results of the weekend event brought in $25,100, according to Carolyn Fitzkee, another church member and district missions advocate for Atlantic Northeast District. Also in attendance over the weekend were Carl and Roxane Hill, co-directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response for the Church of the Brethren. On Sunday morning they presented an informative talk on the US response.
They were impressed with all the efforts of the church. “They are truly a giving church. There are many churches in the denomination that are holding similar events in order to raise money for the Nigeria Crisis Fund. We believe that through this effort of helping the people of Nigeria God is at work in every congregation. This is an opportunity to see real transformation in the churches and experience the presence of God in a greater way.”
As was emphasized in his sermon on “Giving,” minister Randy Hosler pointed out that the Bible tells us, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
What a great fund raiser that was--not only productive but also fun for all who attended. What a great weekend was had at Chiques Church, truly a giving church.
-- Carl and Roxane Hill are co-directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response, a cooperative effort of the Church of the Brethren with Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). For more about the Nigeria Crisis Response go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis .