The Church of the Brethren has provided a second large grant to Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to support the church rebuilding efforts of EYN members. Out of this grant of $109,000, 20 EYN churches will receive grants of $5,000 each.
EYN leaders have made the decisions about which churches will receive rebuilding grants. “After careful consideration and prayers, the below churches were selected, taking into account safety of the returnees and general peace of the areas,” reported Daniel Mbaya, EYN general secretary. “We give thanks to God that most of the areas are now relatively peaceful.”
The following Local Church Councils (LCC) are receiving grants, listed here in the District Church Councils (DCC) to which they belong:
DCC Askira: LCC Gwandang
DCC Balgi: LCC Tsiha A
DCC Chibok: LCC Mifa
DCC Dilli: LCC Dille No. 3
DCC Gombi: LCC Guyaku
DCC Hildi: LCC Kwarhi, LCC Wurokae
DCC Kwajaffa: LCC Debiro
DCC Lassa: LCC Giwa Fumwa, LCC Samuwa
DCC Mbalala: LCC Thlilaimakalama
DCC Mbororo: LCC Dri-Ghumchi
DCC Michika: LCC Jiddel
DCC Mubi: LCC Police Barracks
DCC Mussa: LCC Mussa No. 1
DCC Ribawa: LCC Wummu
DCC Uba: LCC Kilamada
DCC Watu: LCC Kwadzale
DCC Yawa: LCC Wachirakabi
DCC Yobe: LCC Malari By-Pass
This grant follows a first installment sent to EYN in March (see the Newsline report at www.brethren.org/news/2017/grants-for-church-rebuilding-nigeria.html ).
News of the grants “have ignited our spirits,” said Mbaya. “As a church, we remain grateful to brother Jay Wittmeyer and all sisters and brothers of the Church of the Brethren for this kind of support towards the rebuilding of our churches destroyed by the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists, the most deadly terrorist group in the world.”
The Church of the Brethren has two primary mechanisms for fundraising for Nigeria: the Nigeria Crisis Fund, which is directed toward humanitarian relief; and the Church Rebuilding Fund, which assists EYN to rebuild its churches. Find links to give to both funds at www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis .
-- Kendra Harbeck, manager of the Global Mission and Service office, contributed to this report.