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A woman holds a sign during a rally near the Nigerian embassy to raise to show support for the release of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria in Paris, Monday, May 12, 2014. A French official says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to attend a security summit on Saturday in Paris to focus on the Boko Haram terrorist network, which abducted more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month. Signs center and left read, save the Nigerian schoolgirls. (Michel Euler/AP)
Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have connection to Elkhart County churches

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.


A Michiana church is praying with particular focus for the hundreds of Nigerian girls who are currently being held captive by militant Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

Many of the hostages are members of the Church of the Bretheran which, among other places in the region, has churches in Nappanee and Goshen, as reported by The Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU.

The Church of the Brethren in the U.S. began mission work in Nigeria back in the 1920s. Today, the population in the country far exceeds that of the United States. The church is known for its focus on peacekeeping.

Pastor Frank Ramirez of Union Center Church of the Brethren in Nappanee said the denomination, which is headquartered in Elgin, Ill., sent a list of the names of the abducted girls to each congregation on Friday. Each was assigned a girl's name to pray for in particular.

To learn more about the church’s presence in Michiana read the full WNDU story.