In recent weeks the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) has disbursed several grants, directed by the Brethren Disaster Ministries staff. The largest are helping to continue hurricane recovery work in Puerto Rico ($150,000), the Carolinas ($40,500), and the Bahamas ($25,000). Grants for COVID-19 response are going to Honduras (two grants for $20,000
Church of the Brethren member Cliff Kindy, who also has worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), visited Brethren in the Democratic Republic of Congo from Dec. 14-23. This was not Kindy’s first visit to the Congo, where he has traveled with CPT. This trip was made at the request of pastor Ron Lubungo and the Brethren in the DRC.
The Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) has given several grants recently, including an allocation of $60,000 to PAG in Honduras, and $40,000 to an agriculture project of the Rural Development Program of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Also receiving grants of smaller amounts were a Brethren group in the Congo, and a Friends church in Rwanda.
Grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) have been given to start a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in southeastern Indiana, and to help a church group aid Congolese refugees fleeing violence.
Recent grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) have gone to the Rural Service Center in India and an agricultural development project of Brethren congregations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Newsline is the Church of the Brethren e-mail news service. Go to www.brethren.org/newsline to subscribe or unsubscribe. Sept. 9, 2009 “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15, NIV) NEWS 1) Annual Conference announces 2010 theme, study committees organize. 2) Junior High Conference exceeds seed grant in ‘reverse offering.’ 3) Workcamp
“All who believed were together and had all things in common” (Acts 2:44). NEWS 1) Ecumenical Blitz Build takes off in New Orleans. 2) Fuller Seminary to establish a chair in Anabaptist studies. 3) Brethren bits: Job opening, Spanish translators, legislation, more. PERSONNEL 4) Stephen Abe to conclude his service as West Marva District executive.
Newsline Special: Heeding God’s Call January 28, 2009 “…My peace I give to you” (John 14:27b). REPORTS FROM ‘HEEDING GOD’S CALL: A GATHERING ON PEACE’ 1) Heeding God’s Call brings peace churches together for common effort. 2) New faith-based initiative on gun violence is launched. 3) A reflection on the spiritual discipline of bringing violence
Newsline January 29, 2009 “God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8b). NEWS 1) Brethren Benefit Trust issues a report on its investment losses. 2) Matching grant program for hunger relief gets off to a good start. 3) Leadership Team works toward revisions of church documents. 4) Outdoor Ministries Association holds annual meeting in Northwest.
Newsline — December 31, 2008 “Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “You prepare a table before me…” (Psalm 23:5a). NEWS 1) Brethren funds offer replenishment grants for local hunger ministries. 2) Church of the Brethren plans major disaster recovery project in Haiti. 3) Grants are given for Pakistan, the Congo, Thailand.