Nigerian Church Thankful for CRC’s Peace Work

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“I wish to extend our warm Christian greetings to all officials and distinguished delegates to 2016 Synod,” said Rev. IraRimam Mathias of the Reformed Church of Christ for Nations (RCCN) in Nigeria.

The RCCN began an ecumenical relationship in 2003, which has resulted in a peace process between the church and its sister denomination, the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria, he said. “Thank you to the CRCNA for the work that has been done by [Christian Reformed World Missions] and [the Office of Social Justice] towards making sure that our area experiences peace in supporting the work of the Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation Committee.”

Mathias petitioned the Christian Reformed Church to stay involved with the RCCN: “Even though the CRC has made up her mind in moving out Nigeria as noticed in the downsizing of her staff, we wish to request that you have compassion in assisting the RCCN with some of your resources, particularly in the area of personnel.”


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