Nigerian Brethren mother church burned in attack by Boko Haram

Mar 9, 2020 by

Boko Haram insurgents attacked the town of Garkida, the birthplace of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, on Feb. 21. The militants burned a number of buildings, including the mother church of the...

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Nigerian Brethren ecumenical leader executed by Boko Haram

Jan 27, 2020 by

A Nigerian Church of the Brethren district secretary and ecumenical leader was executed by Boko Haram militants on Jan. 20, Church of the Brethren officials confirmed Jan. 21. Lawan Andimi served Ekklesiyar...

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Washington Witness: Progress toward ending hunger falters

Sep 30, 2019 by

When Halita Gambo’s baby, Janada, was born with a low birth weight, she turned to a Mennonite Central Committee-supported organization in northeastern Nigeria for assistance. Women and Youth Empowerment for...

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Dancing in the street, Africans celebrate God’s faithfulness

Mar 4, 2019 by and

More Mennonites worship in Africa than on any other continent. In this epicenter of Ana­baptist witness, Mennonites in Nigeria and Burkina Faso celebrated anniversaries last fall. Mennonite Church Nigeria...

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Nigerian Brethren rise from loss

Feb 25, 2019 by and

When Joel S. Billi became president of the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria in 2016, the Boko Haram insurgency was beginning to wane. People were returning home to face their losses, including staff...

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Washington Witness: Early warning of empty tables

Jan 21, 2019 by

At Christmas, we celebrated love and shared the joy of God’s gift of himself as a light to all people. Christmas is a season of grace that sparks unconditional generosity to others. What about the rest of...

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Trauma healing helps Nigerians address pain, loss

Jan 29, 2018 by and

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Cradling a faded school picture of her daughter, Kolo Adamu sat on the front porch of the Church of the Brethren meetinghouse. She recalled the months after the teen was abducted by Boko...

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Nigerian girls’ release answers Brethren prayers

May 15, 2017 by and

Heartened by the release of 82 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants three years ago, the Church of the Brethren continues to support thousands of its members affected by the insurgent...

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Showalter: Stover Kulp, Anabaptist

Dec 5, 2016 by

I love watching God surprise me. Recently I was asked to respond to a scholarly paper in an Asian conference. Written and presented by a Nigerian, the paper explored the history of the Kanuri people of West...

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Brethren show solidarity with church in Nigeria

Aug 24, 2015 by and

TAMPA, Fla. — Delegates at the Church of the Brethren’s annual conference received an update about deadly challenges facing the denomination’s sister church in Nigeria. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria...

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Year after girls’ abduction, Nigerians’ hearts still ache

Apr 27, 2015 by

The Church of the Brethren in Nigeria continues to mourn the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls — and members’ loss of life and property — a year after the kidnapping. On April 14, 2014, the Islamist...

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Nigerians’ suffering

Mar 16, 2015 by

In Middle Eastern churches and the Christian communities of northern Nigeria, our brothers and sisters are suffering. To most of us in other parts of the world, and especially in the West, it is almost...

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Persecuted Christians

Feb 2, 2015 by

I appreciated “Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014” (World & Faith, Jan. 19). This concern should take high priority in our hearts and prayers and church media. Many of these...

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Year in review: Sexuality issues test unity

Dec 22, 2014 by and

Struggles in Mennonite Church USA over same-sex relationships entered uncharted territory in 2014. When one conference licensed a lesbian pastor in Colorado and another signaled its acceptance of a gay man...

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Nigerian Brethren headquarters overtaken by insurgents

Nov 10, 2014 by

KWARHI, Nigeria — Boko Haram insurgents overtook the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria headquarters property Oct. 29. Both the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) headquarters and Kulp Bible College were...

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Nigerian Brethren suffering

Oct 13, 2014 by

More than 3,000 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria have been killed by terrorist forces. The church — known as Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN — reported Sept. 29 that attacks by the...

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Light in the darkness

Oct 13, 2014 by

I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to a movement within the Church of the Breth­ren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus. I am writing 1,000 letters to public figures about the...

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A #BringBackOurGirls confession

Sep 19, 2014 by

I am going to trust you with the truth. I wish we could sit down, you and I, with two cups of coffee and a brownie split between us. I want to look hard, unflinchingly into your eyes, breathe deeply, and...

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Becoming good neighbors

Sep 1, 2014 by and

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Fruitful relationships between Muslims and Christians are possible, even in places wracked by interfaith violence. More than 250 Bible school leaders took part in seminars on that...

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How do you know God told you?

Jul 10, 2014 by

Last month the leader of Boko Haram, the terrorist organization responsible for kidnapping 300 teenagers in Nigeria, made the claim that God told him to do it. The use of those words; “God told me,” causes...

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In bombing, MCC Nigeria sees signs of peace

Jun 2, 2014 by and

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts May 20 at a busy market in Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction, billowing smoke, injured people and charred remains. Bako saw Muslims...

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Brethren rally to support kidnapped Nigerian girls

May 19, 2014 by and

As the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria entered the second month of a crisis involving hundreds of kidnapped girls, the U.S. Church of the Brethren continues to support its sister denomination with prayer,...

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May 9, 2014 by

The Toledo (Iowa) church plant project I am working on received a letter from the denominational offices of the Church of the Brethren today. It contains a list of names, those of the more than 200 girls...

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Resisting an evil spirit

May 8, 2014 by

While Christians in North America debate theology and church rules, those in Nigeria face far greater challenges. The threat of death, fleeing one’s home or seeing one’s place of worship attacked and...

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