The Long Journey Home
The determination, resiliency and faith of the Nigeria families is courageous and inspiring. Even in the midst of continued violence and bombing by the extremist group Boko Haram (the deadliest terrorist group in 2014) families from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and their neighbors have started the long journey to recovery and return of self sufficiency. In the last several years, nearly 70 percent of the EYN church buildings were lost (1,668 churches burned or abandoned), the EYN headquarters were overrun, more than 11,000 EYN members have been killed, thousands have been kidnapped including the Chibok girls, and hundreds of thousands are still displaced. Even with improved security in the second half of 2015, millions of both Christian and Muslim families are impacted and terrorized by this crisis. Get more crisis details.
The situation in most non-EYN camps for displaced people is terrible with limited food, water and sanitation. This, combined with increased security in some areas of NE Nigeria, means families are eager to return home. The Nigeria Crisis response is providing resources and tools so they can support themselves, grow their crops and restart their lives. EYN congregations are starting to rebuild by worshiping next to the ruins of their beloved church building. With our support, repairs have been completed at EYN headquarters in Kwarhi, Kulp Bible College is holding classes and the Comprehensive Secondary School has reopened. With so much accomplished the Nigeria people and EYN families continually share their deep gratitude.
The response of the US Church has been amazing, supporting a $4.95 million response program starting in 2014 and through 2016. The crisis response has saved lives, helped avert starvation and supported the Nigerian people through this horrific time. Even with this progress, the journey to recovery is still long and our support is desperately needed to help families and the church recover. We have helped thousands of families, but the need is still incredible.
Nigeria Crisis Relief and Recovery
Working in partnership with EYN and other Nigerian groups, a major relief and recovery program has provided emergency food and supplies; drinking water; education for children; trauma recovery and peace building for all ages; seeds and fertilizer for agriculture; tools and resources for making a living; and supporting the Church leadership through this crisis. Learn more
Nigerian Church Rebuilding
With 1,680 EYN churches or church branches (new church starts) burned or abandoned, the need for support to help rebuild churches and congregations is great. This church rebuilding program is a separate part of the crisis response. Learn more.