Alert Regarding Fraudulent E-Mail

A fraudulent e-mail has been sent to some Brethren using a fake Hotmail account and the name of Jay Wittmeyer, Global Mission and Service executive director, claiming to ask for funds for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. This e-mail is not from Jay Wittmeyer and not from the Church of the Brethren.

More Nigerian Brethren Die in Violent Attacks, US Workcampers Return Home Safely

More Nigerian Brethren have died in violent attacks on churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The LCC Samunaka church on the outskirts of the city of Mubi was attacked twice in four days, first on Feb. 1 and again on Feb. 4. At least 15 people were killed in the attacks, including eight members of the congregation. Two visitors from the US church were in Mubi on the day of the first attack on the Samunaka church.

Brethren Make Efforts to Support Nigerians in the Face of Violence

Several efforts to support and encourage Nigerian Brethren affected by violence are being made by American Brethren, responding to concern for Nigeria expressed during the Annual Conference in July and to news of continuing incidents of terrorist violence. A season of prayer for Nigeria has been announced by Annual Conference moderator Bob Krouse.

Mission Office Sends New Program Volunteers to South Sudan, Nigeria

A new volunteer has begun serving in South Sudan on behalf of the Church of the Brethren, and two new staff soon will arrive in Nigeria. The three are program volunteers for the denomination’s Global Mission and Service office, and will work as seconded staff for Sudanese and Nigerian organizations respectively.

Gunmen Attack EYN Church, Kill Pastor and 10 Church Members

Leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) are reaching out to American Brethren for prayer and Christian support following an attack by gunmen who killed an EYN pastor and 10 church members. “We would like you to continue to pray for the church of God in Nigeria,” said an e-mail from EYN

Nigerian Brethren Leaders to Speak at Young Center, Mission Alive

Samuel Dali, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN–the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and his wife Rebecca, a scholar who recently received her doctorate from the university in Jos, Nigeria, are traveling in the United States. Their itinerary includes speaking engagements at Mission Alive 2012 hosted by Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and at the Young Center at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. They also will visit Manchester University and Bethany Seminary, lead Sunday school and worship at Crest Manor Church of the Brethren in South Bend, Ind., and spend an evening with Columbia City (Ind.) Church of the Brethren.

Congo Journal: A Brethren Pastor’s Run/Walk for Peace

Gary Benesh, pastor of Friendship Church of the Brethren in N. Wilkesboro, N.C., was inspired to return to long distance running after he heard Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer share the story of the Congo Brethren. “Coming from the most violent area on earth, they were particularly interested in taking seriously Jesus as the Prince of Peace, and the Gospel being a ‘Gospel of Peace’ (Romans 10:15, Ephesians 6:15),” he explained. Benesh set out to “run, walk, or crawl” 28 miles across Wilkes County in the northwestern North Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge escarpment to raise money for the Congo mission and for peace in that region of the eastern Congo. Here is his story:

Mission Alive Conference to Be Viewable by Webcast

Plenary sessions and other events at Mission Alive 2012, a conference sponsored by the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of Brethren, will be webcast and viewable through an Internet connection. The conference is Nov. 16-18 at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren with the theme, “Entrusted with the Message” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).

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