Global Mission co-executives Eric Miller and Ruoxia Li have announced the grants their office distributed to international partners last year, in 2021. Close to $700,000 was distributed, made possible through donations to the mission work of the Church of the Brethren denomination. Norm and Carol Spicher Waggy, who previously served as interim directors of Global Mission, contributed to the work of identifying grant recipients.
The grants represent financial support from Global Mission and partner groups to the administrative budgets of emerging Churches of the Brethren in a variety of countries, as well as efforts such as church building and health care, among others.
Significant financial support for the grants came from Brethren World Mission and the Brethren Mission Fund. The Royer Foundation contributed a significant amount for the Haiti Medical Project, and Paul and Sandy Brubaker did work to raise funds for that project. The Global Mission office also received and distributed funds on behalf of the Global Women’s Project.
These amounts do not include grants from the Global Food Initiative (GFI) or from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) as directed by Brethren Disaster Ministries staff.
The 2021 grants distributed by Global Mission, listed alphabetically by country:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): $10,000 in financial support to the administrative budget of the Church of the Brethren in the DRC.
Dominican Republic (DR): $22,000 in financial support to the administrative budget of the Church of the Brethren in the DR, including some expenses for meetings and travel.
Haiti: A total of $478,131 includes grants to the Haiti Medical Project, $80,000 for the purchase of property for the Delmas Church, and $35,000 for the church basement/building in Saut‐Mathurine.
Honduras: $500 for theological training.
India: $2,000 in financial support to the administrative budget of First District Church of the Brethren in India.
Mexico: $250 for program supplies.
Nigeria: $41,214 mostly for rebuilding churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) that have been destroyed in violence.
Rwanda: $57,857 for the building of church headquarters, scholarships for Twa students, and seminary training for pastors.
South Sudan: $36,000 for regular mission programing including agriculture, trauma healing, and reconciliation efforts.
Spain: $19,706 including theological training for leaders of the Church of the Brethren in Spain.
Uganda: $6,410 including funding for a Christmas event at an orphanage.
Venezuela: $23,955 including church building and support for the outreach to indigenous peoples by the Church of the Brethren in Venezuela.
Find out more about the Church of the Brethren Global Mission at www.brethren.org/global.
Find more Church of the Brethren news:
- Brethren bits for Feb. 4, 2023
- New video resource highlights shared ministry model
- Hanging Rock congregation celebrates progress on construction of a new church building
- Pauline Liu resigns from the staff of Brethren Volunteer Service
- Nathan Polzin hired to new executive director position for Discipleship and Leadership Formation