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Developments  in  Nigeria: It’s time to Pray! 

Brothers and Sisters of  the West Marva District:

First,  here is a  LINK   (http://youtu.be/T_Y9hlxuBfo)   to an online video  report that was just completed in the last week, as
videographer David  Sollenberger, and recently returned missionaries to Nigeria,  Carl and Roxanne  Hill were in Nigeria for two weeks assessing the situation  first  hand.  Many  of you have been  following the events in Nigeria. These events have a direct  effect to us as  Brethren since many, if not most, of the Christians affected  are members of EYN (The Church of  the Brethren in  Nigeria), and the Chibok girls that were kidnapped last  spring were abducted  from an EYN related facility.


For  many months now we  have been praying and longing to hear of a resolution to the  killing and  devastation in Nigeria. Just a few weeks ago when there were  reports of a truce,  and that Boko Haram was going to release the girls and stop  the killing. We were  skeptical, but hopeful, and alas, there still has been no  truce and the killing  and destruction continues. More recently we have learned
that the main hub of  EYN has been taken over by Boko Haram. A bullet nearly hit  Rebecca Dali, wife of  Samuel Dali, EYN President, during that  attack.

Here  some specific  facts:
· More  than 500 women and  children have been kidnapped, many, if not most, are EYN   members…
· 3,038  EYN members killed  (whole geographic regions, are as yet,   uncounted)…
· Around  three million  people directly affected…
· 96,000  EYN members are  displaced – needing shelter, food and  water…
· 37  of 50 EYN districts are  impacted…
· 18  districts are closed in  areas now controlled by Boko  Haram…
· 280  EYN pastors and  evangelists are displaced…
 
At  the fall meeting of  theMission and Ministry Board  (MMB) of the  denomination, members were given an  opportunity to help our Nigerian Brethren,  and they as the MMB unanimously  approved $1.5Million dollars of funding to help  our brothers and sisters in  Nigeria. $500,000 has been sent initially from the  Emergency Disaster Fund  (EDF), along with another $500,000 taken from reserves
up, totaling an initial  support funding of $1,000,000. MMB has made an  additional $500,000 available in  a matching program to help EYN. That means for  every dollar given to the Nigeria  Crisis fund will be matched it up to  $500,000. When all funds are in, the total  gift will be  $2,000,000!

This  money will be used in  3 phases:

 Phase  1:Emergency  Response:
A. Build Care Centers for  displaced Nigerian families…
B. Develop  and implement  protection plans for churches, leadership and   members…
C. Church  strengthening and  supporting…
 
Phase  2:Recovery:
A. Expand  the EYN Peace  Program…
B. Provide  trauma and  resiliency training…
C. Provide  retreats for  pastors and church leaders…
D. Provide  spiritual care and  worship opportunities in temporary camps and care   centers…

Phase  3:Rebuilding  Communities:
A. Conduct  a comprehensive  needs assessment…
B. Repair or rebuild  permanent housing…
C. Repair or rebuild EYN  churches…
D. Provide safe water and  sanitation…
E. Support community peace  building efforts in the reconstruction process…

Blessings,
Kendal W. Elmore, Executive Minister
West Marva District Church of the  Brethren


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