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The Christian Reformed Church in North America has today “become a big tree providing enduring shades of salvation and love” for the Reformed Church in Nigeria (RCCN), says Rev. Risae Yakubu Shamaki, president of the RCCN.

The CRC began working in Nigeria during the early years of the 20th century. That work continues, although different from the early years.

Rev. Risae Yakubu Shamaki, president of Reformed Church in Nigeria

Shamaki says CRC agencies have helped to build and sustain his 100,000-member denomination by, among other things, supporting the Veenstra Reformed Theological Seminary and granting scholarships to RCCN students at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Mkar, and the Theological College of Northern Nigeria.

The CRC has been involved in many other efforts as well, such as funding evangelism outreaches and supporting the welfare and training of widows, orphans, and vulnerable children.

“It’s the RCCN’s prayer that the CRC will remain a vital vessel in God’s hands to bring his light to those in darkness, restoration to the lapsed, peace and joy to the groaning world,” Shamaki said in an address to Synod 2011. Synod is the CRC’s annual leadership meeting.

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