Sowing Seeds of Peace
Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, is the largest national body of the Church of the Brethren in the world. With a vibrant history of more than 90 years, EYN has placed a high emphasis on education, health, and agriculture. Today EYN is being ravaged by attacks from the militant group Boko Haram. Go to the Nigeria crisis page for the latest information.
Before the destruction by insurgents, EYN had nearly a million people attending services and has carried out mission efforts in neighboring countries. The church’s ministries include its peace witness, aid to those affected by the crisis, leadership development, Women’s Fellowship (ZME), and youth programs. EYN is a member of the World Council of Churches and the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The Church of the Brethren in the US partners with EYN in a number of meaningful ways: Kulp Bible College (KBC), the major training institution for Nigerian church leadership; the church-sponsored Comprehensive Secondary School; and Hillcrest School in Jos, a K-12 school started by the Church of the Brethren and now run by a consortium of missions groups.
The US church also provides leadership grants to more than 200 people each year as they prepare for pastoral ministry. In addition, the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program trains more than 1,500 people in basic Christian education. Financial support is provided through the Core Ministries Fund. Emergency assistance is being provided through the Nigeria Crisis Fund.