This Sunday’s program on the Central African Republic to be held at the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor) is featured in this morning’s Faith section of the Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete story.
Grace Brethren raises awareness for Central African Republic
A congregation of an area-based religious denomination with strong ties to the Central African Republic is hosting a program Sunday aimed at mobilizing aid for the nation’s recently worsening political and humanitarian crisis.
“The Central African Republic: What Can Be Done to Help” will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway. The congregation is part of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, which is headquartered in Winona Lake.
Event moderator Terry White said the denomination has been involved in mission work in the Central African Republic for more than 100 years and has more than 2,000 churches and 500,000 members there.
White, who teaches English and journalism at Brethren-affiliated Grace College in Winona Lake, said the nation’s residents have been subject to ethnic- and sectarian-based looting, killings and atrocities.
He said there is an urgent need for aid for what the United Nations recently reported is more than 935,000 displaced persons, including half the population of Bangui, the republic’s 1 million-person capital city.