Carl and Roxane Hill have been named co-directors of the Nigerian Crisis Response for the Church of the Brethren, beginning Dec. 1. They will be working as part of the Global Mission and Service department and Brethren Disaster Ministries, and will be based at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
The Hills previously were program volunteers and mission workers in Nigeria, where they taught at Kulp Bible College (KBC) from Dec. 2012 to May 2014. KBC is a ministerial training college of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Up until the end of October, when the insurgent group Boko Haram attacked and overran the area, the college was located at the EYN headquarters compound in Kwarhi, near the city of Mubi in northeast Nigeria.
The director of the Nigerian Crisis Response is a new position, following up on the October decision of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board to allocate significant new funding to an expanded crisis response in Nigeria, where EYN has been seriously affected by the violent insurgency.
Roles and responsibilities for the co-directors of the Nigerian Crisis Response include leading and managing communication with EYN in Nigeria, making regular visits to Nigeria to support EYN and American volunteers working there, providing ongoing and weekly reporting on EYN and the crisis response, assisting with raising funds for the response and other financial matters, facilitating the monitoring and evaluation of crisis response projects, recruiting and managing American volunteers working in Nigeria, and coordinating activities with EYN and other partner organizations, among others.
Later, as the crisis response develops, the work also may include hosting US work groups in Nigeria, working closely with EYN.
For more information about the Nigeria crisis response go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis