News from the Church of the Brethren

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has been the hardest hit group by Boko Haram violence over the past few years. There are other Christian churches and Muslims impacted, but not to the degree that EYN has been affected.

Friends In The West note:

EYN, (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), has paid dearly for their gospel witness in the northern part of Nigeria over the past few years. The group Boko Haram hates anything Christian, and Church of the Brethren has been a major target of their terrorist actions. With 11,000 of their members killed and 1,668 churches and church branches burned or abandoned, EYN could be forgiven if they simply walked away from this situation of danger. Yet, all indications are that they are more committed than ever to the cause of the gospel and the spiritual and economic development of the people. We encourage prayers and practical support for this group as they rebuild, not just church buildings that were destroyed, but the lives and livelihoods of their many members and friends who were displaced because of the violence. Please also pray for peace, safety and provision for the 40% who want to move back to their home area. In the midst of the sorrow and suffering that this group has endured there are also many positive stories. We hope to be able to share some of these in the coming weeks and months. In then meantime, below is an outline how EYN has been impacted. We have also provided links for more news directly from Church of the Brethren.

Crisis Impact on EYN

  • More than 1,350 women and children kidnapped, many of whom are EYN members
  •  Over 11,000 EYN members killed
  • EYN Headquarters, Kulp Bible College and other church structures were evacuated and overrun by Boko Haram in October 2014. This area was reclaimed by the Nigerian Military in 2015 and repairs have been made to these facilities.
  • All of EYN’s national leadership was displaced in 2014 & 2015
  • EYN programs, including the Integrated Community Development Program, have been severely hurt through this crisis.1,668 churches and church branches burned or abandoned
  • An estimated 40% of the displaced are moving back to their home area with the exception of the Nigeria/Cameroon border area which continues to be very unsafe
  • In brief, about 70% of EYN churches were damaged or destroyed, about 70% of the members are displaced (around 700,000 people)