How you can help
Join in support of our Nigerian Brethren on their Long Journey Home: Nigeria Workcamps are being formed to help rebuild churches, repair church facilities, to worship and pray in fellowship with the Nigerian Brethren and to encourage people as they recover. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) families and their neighbors have started the long journey of recovery and return of self sufficiency. The workcamps are a joint project of the Church of the Brethren and EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Join in helping communities and churches rebuild in Nigeria.
- November 4th - 21st, 2016
- January 11th - 30th, 2017
- February 17th - March 6th, 2017
- Additional workcamps in 2017 are being planned
- Majority of work will focus on rebuilding churches
- May also assist with relief activities or distributions
- Worship and fellowship with Nigerian Brethren
- Life-changing cultural experience
Workcamp Cost Estimate: $2,600
- $1,250 (approximate) - Air Transportation
- $200 - Nigerian Visa
- $650 - Housing, food and travel in Nigeria
- $500 - Project materials for construction
- Expenses not included: immunizations
Interested workcampers are encouraged to seek support and prayers from their faith community for the workcamp.
Registration forms and additional information can be found:
- On the Nigeria Crisis Take Action page.
- By contacting Kendra Harbeck by phone at 847-429-4388 or email at email@example.com
- 90 days before workcamp: Registration, visa application and $600 deposit due
- 60 days before workcamp: Balance of costs due (approx. $2,000)—you will be notified of exact total.
- 90-60 days before travel: meet with your doctor or a travel clinic about immunizations or medications.
Workcamp Forms and Documents
This new initiative is focused on helping schools recover, and improve, as EYN rebuilds its education programs. One of the best ways to combat terrorism is to provide good education. Boko Haram, meaning “western education is forbidden”, is trying to stop education, especially of girls. This book drive is part of a larger plan supporting education for the children of NE Nigeria. There are two focuses of this book drive, child education and pastoral education. The books will be shipped in December 2016, so all books must be to the Brethren Service Center by November 20, 2016.
Books for ChildrenEYN-related schools are in need of books for their school libraries and classrooms. Please collect new or used books in good condition for children ages 6 to 16 years old. Specifically requested are paperback chapter books for children, such as those recognized by the Newberry Award (easily found online). Non-fiction books and children’s encyclopedias are also requested. All books should be in good condition and published in the last 20 years.
Books for Kulp Bible College
EYN’s Kulp Bible College is requesting help supplying their library. They are in need of materials for training pastors including Bible commentaries, reference books, and resource books for pastors as well as books on Christian education, theology, preaching resources, Hebrew and Greek languages, pastoral counseling and ethics. All books should be in good condition and published in the last 20 years. The college staff have provided a wish list of specific titles that can be found at:
Send books to:
Brethren Service Center Annex
601 Main Street
New Windsor, MD 21776
Please make sure all books arrive at the Service Center by November 20, 2016.
Call for Prayer and Devotion
EYN leaders in Nigeria believe prayer is one of the most important ways to support the Nigerian people and the Church. One way to do this is to follow along with the same devotions that are being used daily by EYN in Nigeria. They were written by EYN members and published by the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. Reading them daily is a powerful way we can be in solidarity and connect with our brothers and sisters caught in this crisis. EYN’s daily devotional for 2015 will be posted a week at a time on our Nigeria blog, appearing mid-week for the following week. Other Nigeria Prayer Guides are also available.
Call to Fundraise
Are you planning an event at your church or another location to raise money for the Nigeria Crisis Fund? Let us know so we can help advertise or provide resources. Contact nigeriacrisis.org with the event details so we can share them too. You can also call Kendra Harbeck at (847) 429-4388 to see about scheduling a speaker from the Church of the Brethren.
Call to Give
It’s easy to give online. Donations by check can be made payable to “Church of the Brethren - Nigeria Crisis Fund” and mailed to:Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin IL 60120.
The challenges in Nigeria are huge and few organizations are offering aid. Help the Chibok girls, the displaced, the children by supporting this response. You can make a difference.
Donations by check can be made payable to "Church of the Brethren - Nigeria Crisis Fund" and mailed to Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave, Elgin IL 60120.
For the proposed budget, see the Nigeria Crisis Response