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Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, is the largest national body of Church of the Brethren in the world, with over 180,000 members. The energy and vitality of the membership has resulted in active evangelism and church planting efforts within Nigeria and recently to neighboring countries.

A key body within the life of the Nigerian church has been the ZME, or Women’s Fellowship. Most married women become members, and its active programs and presence are seen by many as “the backbone of the church.” ZME choirs are highly visible in congregations and are a central part of worship. Youth programs and numerous other ministries are also active in EYN.

To support the leadership needs of a growing church, pastoral training has been a continuing challenge, as 10-15 new congregations are formed annually. Invitations to the US church to send teachers for key assignments become areas for meaningful partnering in ministry:

  • Kulp Bible College (KBC), near Mubi, the major training institution for Nigerian church leadership;
  • The church-sponsored Comprehensive Secondary School, based on the west end of the KBC and EYN headquarters property; and
  • Hillcrest School in Jos, a K-12 school started by the Church of the Brethren and now run by a consortium of missions, providing American-style education for the children of mission workers throughout West Africa and others seeking this educational preparation.

Additionally, leadership development grants from Global Mission Partnerships support over 200 people annually as they prepare for pastoral ministry, graduating 60-70 persons each year for service in the church. The Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program trains over 1,500 people annually in basic Christian education, and results in a more biblically grounded laity as well as prompting some graduates to consider pastoral ministry.

Active programs of wells, health care, and schools— which were central mission ventures since the beginning of mission work in Nigeria in 1923— have been handed over to the Nigerian church for direction and implementation. The Mason Technical School joined with a number of these ministries as the church adapted an integrated community development approach. These church outreach ministries continue to assist communities in some of the more isolated areas of northeast Nigeria.

An annual workcamp builds strong relationships between the Nigerian and US churches. The church in the US also provides staff and financial support through the Core Ministries Fund.

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Recent Newsline articles about Nigeria


General secretary, mission and service executive visit with Brethren in Nigeria
(April 15, 2014)
Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger has visited Nigeria for the Majalisa or annual meeting of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), with Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer. Noffsinger wrote this e-mail report April 14 from the capital city of Abuja on the last day of the trip.
Brethren mission workers serve alongside Nigerian group aiding refugees
(April 2, 2014)
Over the weekend of March 14-16, the Center for Caring, Empowerment, and Peace Initiatives (CCEPI) served 509 refugees around the Headquarters and Kulp Bible College of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). CCEPI distributed 4,292 articles of clothing and shoes, 2,000 kilograms of corn, along with buckets and cups.
A prayer request from Maiduguri, Nigeria
(March 18, 2014)
The following prayer request from a member of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) living in the city of Maiduguri. It was received this weekend by an Annual Conference officer and shared with the Mission and Ministry Board on Sunday during worship. The city of Maiduguri was attacked this past weekend by the terrorist group Boko Haram:
Brethren Disaster Ministries directs grant aid to Nigerian Brethren affected by violence
(March 11, 2014)
Brethren Disaster Ministries is directing $25,000 from the church’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to aid Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) during a time of escalating violence in northeastern Nigeria. The money will be contributed through EYN’s Compassion Fund.
EYN ministers hold annual conference
(February 12, 2014)
The Minister’s Annual Conference of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) opened the evening of Feb. 10 with worship sessions led by Bulus Danladi Jau. In their song during the session, the EYN Headquarters Church ZME (women’s choir) sang, “Nigeria is in confusion, as killings and burnings are going on. Why? God help us.”
EYN staff report more deaths in another terrorist attack in Nigeria
(January 31, 2014)
“It is always very difficult to report about a Boko Haram attack,” writes one of the staff of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), reporting yet more violence in northeastern Nigeria. The EYN staff member wrote in an e-mail to the Global Mission and Service office this week that the attack on Sunday in his village at Wagga Chakawa “came as a surprise to many people.”
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