I grew up in and was baptized in the Church of the Brethren, as were my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and siblings. Even as a little girl I enjoyed hearing the stories of taking Christ to the Nigerians, and eventually there was a strong Brethren church there, EYN, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria. The Brethren Newsline of May 20, 2014, reported that five EYN members were killed by Boko Haram who are seeking a pure Islamic state for Nigeria. Nine were killed in the village of Shawa.
The wife of EYN president, Rebecca Dali writes: “We need your prayers. Now there is virtually no security in Borno State, especially outside Maiduguri. Many have fled to Cameroon. In refugee camps in Cameroon and for some who are displaced there was no food, medical, or other kinds of help. The government, even when warned, does not stop the violence. People are suffering.”
The school from which the girl were kidnapped was established by a Brethren missionary couple now living in Kansas.