Nigerian Brethren church leader Musa Mambula has begun a speaking tour in the Pennsylvania area, giving presentations at a variety of Church of the Brethren congregations. His list of speaking engagements extends through December and into January. His presentations focus on the persecution of Christians by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria and the church’s response.
Mambula is a writer, educator, and current National Spiritual Advisor for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). He is a 1983 graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary at its former location in Oakbrook, Ill., and in 2007 was a fellow at the Young Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. He received his doctorate degree in education from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, in 1995.
Helping to plan and publicize his speaking schedule are Monroe Good, a former Church of the Brethren mission worker in Nigeria; and Don Fitzkee, chair elect of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board and director of Development for COBYS Family Services.
Musa Mambula’s upcoming speaking engagements or attendance at Church of the Brethren congregations (this list may not be comprehensive):
Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, 8:15 a.m. early worship followed by Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
Mount Wilson Church of the Brethren in Lebanon, Pa., 7 p.m.
Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren in Quarryville, Pa., 5:30 p.m. fellowship meal followed by a Sharing Session
Mountville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, 10:15 a.m. worship followed by a fellowship meal and a Sharing Session
Knobsville Church of the Brethren in McConnelsburg, Pa., 7:30 p.m. Information and Sharing Session
University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College, Pa., 9:30 a.m. worship followed by Sunday school forum at 11 a.m.
Union Bridge (Md.) Church of the Brethren, 9:20 a.m. Sunday school followed by worship at 10:30 a.m.
Buffalo Valley Church of the Brethren in Mifflinburg, Pa., 8 a.m. early worship with a second worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Bermudian Church of the Brethren in East Berlin, Pa., 7 p.m.
Jan. 4, 2015:
Middle Creek Church of the Brethren in Lititz, Pa., 9 a.m. Sunday school followed by worship at 10 a.m.
Atlantic Northeast District Special Evening Service hosted by Hempfield Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa., 7 p.m. on the theme “A Call to Support Our Nigerian Brothers and Sisters”
Jan. 5-9, 2015:
Trip to Bethany Theological Seminary (details to be announced)
Jan. 11, 2015:
Ephrata (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, 8:30 a.m. traditional worship followed by Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:45 a.m.
Indian Creek Church of the Brethren in Harleysville, Pa., 5 p.m. Information and Sharing Session followed by a special service at 7 p.m. to be arranged by Atlantic Northeast District
Jan. 18, 2015:
New Fairview Church of the Brethren in York, Pa.
Coventry Church of the Brethren in Pottstown, Pa., 7 p.m.
Mambula also has received some media attention, including a report from his presentation at Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. The article titled “Nigerian church leader asks Elizabethtown church: we need your prayers, and your support, against terrorists” is published by Lancaster Online at http://lancasteronline.com/features/faith_values/nigerian-church-leader-asks-elizabethtown-church-we-need-your-prayers/article_b65dbf2a-703d-11e4-b46d-b7eca7c26c54.html .