One church begot three in troubled northeastern Nigeria

By Zakariya Musa, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has organized three congregations or Local Church Councils (LCCs) from an LCC called Udah in DCC [church district] Yawa and another in Watu. EYN president Joel S. Billi accompanied by the EYN general secretary Daniel Y. C. Mbaya on June 19 presided over the establishment of LCCs Muva, Tuful, and Kwahyeli located in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

A brief history of the congregations, presented during the autonomy service, was shared with the Media department. It is summarized here:

— Muva was started in 1963 with pastor Yohanna Dugu and nine members.

— Tuful was started in 1948, exactly 74 years ago, with 11 members during the time when the Grimley family were Church of the Brethren mission workers. It was regarded as the first church in the area.

— Kwahyeli was started with 28 members in April 1991, then split from Tuful, with Sabastian Muyu as pastor.

Their congregational strength: Tuful 130, Kwahyeli 112, and Muva 120.

District secretary Fidelis Yarima, on behalf of the DCC, appreciated God and the EYN leadership for making it possible to achieve such a historic growth. He also hopes for the actualization of the creation of a new DCC in Yawa soon.

The members, who are much excited for the development, commend the effort of the DCC secretary and DCC chairman John Anthony for their support and commitments.

On the same day, LCC Che, with a population of 137, also was established from LCC Kudablashafa, in DCC Watu, in the Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa State. This was officiated by EYN vice president Anthony A. Ndamsai, in company with administrative secretary Nuhu Abba.

EYN in its continued development is longing to fulfil the establishment of 16 new LCCs this year, to the glory of God.

— Zakariya Musa is head of Media for Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria).


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