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EDF grants respond to COVID-19 pandemic in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (March 28, 2020)

The staff at Brethren Disaster Ministries have directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in two countries in central Africa: Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more »

Brethren bits for March 28, 2020 (March 28, 2020)

Brethren bits for March 28, 2020 Read more »

Ministry Office collects resources for love feast and Easter virtual worship services (March 27, 2020)

Following two webinars with Church of the Brethren pastors this week, the staff of the Ministry Office are collecting worship resources for use in virtual love feast and Easter services. Read more »

Church World Service closes kit depots, affects Material Resources ministry (March 25, 2020)

A decision by the Church World Service (CWS) leadership team to close all of the kit depots in local congregations through May 31 will affect the Church of the Brethren’s Material Resources ministry based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The Material Resources warehouse facility receives, processes, and distributes CWS disaster relief kits. Read more »

Denominational facilities are closed to visitors, most staff to work from home (March 20, 2020)

The Church of the Brethren denominational staff are working to minimize the number of personnel present at both the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., in light of health authorities’ advice to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Read more »

Lockdown already ended for church workers in China (March 20, 2020)

Eric Miller reports that the lockdown at his home in Pingding, China, has ended. Miller and his wife, Ruoxia Li, have returned to work in the offices of their local partner, You’ai Hospital. They spent about a month at home with only two trips to the grocery store for supplies. Read more »

Plans continue for 2020 workcamps  (March 20, 2020)

The workcamp team is continuing to plan workcamps as scheduled and it is our hope that we will be able to gather in service and fellowship this summer! As we get closer to the start of workcamps, we will be assessing recommendations from the CDC and following federal and state guidelines for small and large events. Read more »

BVS continuing to support volunteers through COVID-19 crisis (March 20, 2020)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) has been working with its project partners and volunteers around the world to encourage caution and safety during this COVID-19 crisis. Its mid-year retreat for domestic volunteers that was scheduled for March 23-27 has been cancelled and, instead, volunteers will gather virtually for a day of retreat activities and reflecting. Read more »

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