Hoslers to Teach and Work for Peace and Reconciliation with Nigerian Brethren

Church of the Brethren Newsline
Aug. 19, 2009
Jennifer (left) and Nathan Hosler (right) meet with Mr. and Mrs. Toma Ragnjiya during a trip to Nigeria in May. The Hoslers were part of a young adult delegation from the US church, representing the Church of the Brethren at a youth and young adult conference of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Toma Ragnjiya (center right) has been the peace coordinator for EYN. Photo courtesy of the Hoslers

Nathan and Jennifer Hosler of Elizabethtown, Pa., will begin serving in two new peace and reconciliation positions with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), working through the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission Partnerships. The Hoslers are members of Chiques Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa.

The Hoslers will fill joint positions as teacher of peace and reconciliation at Kulp Bible College and peace and reconciliation worker with EYN. Start date for their work was Aug. 16, with plans to travel to Nigeria in September.

Jennifer Hosler has been a tutor of ESL (English as a Second Language) with World Relief and with AMF International, and has worked at the Naaman Center, a Christian nonprofit substance abuse treatment center in Elizabethtown. She holds a bachelor of arts in Biblical Language from Moody Bible Institute and a master’s degree in Community Psychology and Social Change from Penn State Harrisburg. She has participated in short-term mission trips to Kenya, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

Nathan Hosler served in Germany with Weierhof Mennonite Church through the Eastern Mennonite Missions, has work experience as a carpenter, and has been a groundsworker at Moody Bible Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Language from Moody, and a master’s degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

The Hoslers both have been lay leaders at the Chiques Church, Nathan as a book and Bible study leader, and Jennifer as a lay Bible teacher. They also have served as summer ministry interns for the congregation. In May this year, they attended a youth conference of EYN as representatives of the Church of the Brethren in the US.

For more about the Church of the Brethren’s work in Nigeria, and information about an upcoming Nigeria workcamp in January 2010, go to http://www.brethren.org/site/PageServer?pagename=go_places_serve_nigeria .

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