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                                          Africa Great Lakes Update

                 Through a recent collaboration between the Eglese des Freres au Congo (Church of
          the Brethren Congo), the Church of the Brethren Uganda, and EYN (Church of the Brethren
          Nigeria), a Pastor’s Manual has been developed in Kiswahili (Swahili), the common
          language of East and Central Africa.
                 The original manual was received from EYN, having been printed in the English language.  Lewis
                                       Ponga Umbe, a church member from Congo, translated it, sent it to Pastor
                                       Bwambale Sedrack in Uganda, where it was printed and will be used by
                                       church leaders in both countries, as well as Rwanda.
                                              This is a significant and exciting development, as it brings the various
                                       African bodies together in working relationship.  Furthermore, it gives these
                                       newer groups in the Great Lakes region an important pastoral resource.
                                              Funding for the translation and printing was from donations to
                                       Southern PA District.  A big thank you and God bless you to all who have so
                                       generously given towards this and other projects for the Africa Great Lakes
                                       church.  As always you may donate by sending your gifts to: SOPA District
                                       Office, 6035 York Rd. New Oxford, PA  17350.  Be sure to write Africa
                                       Great Lakes on the memo line.
                                              Please feel free to contact me any time if you have questions!  Chris
                                       Elliott - 717.262.3154 or

                                       Annual Conference Ballot Nominations

            The Nominating Committee of Standing Committee hopes that in lieu of the cancelled district conferences,
            district board members (and others) can help identify people who are invested in the Church of the Brethren and
            care about relationships within the church, and nominate them for these opportunities to serve at the denomination

            The deadline for nominations is December 1.  The process is quite easy to submit a nomination.  The website
   provides detailed information about the open positions and contains a link to
            complete a nomination.  I’ve attached a separate document with the same information about the open positions
            that can be shared.  When a nomination is made, please be sure to ask for their permission.  The nomination web
            page will ask for names and emails and reasons for the nomination.

            The Nominating Committee hopes that each district can nominate at least 5 people.  The nominees do not have to
            be from your district but they may need to meet area qualifications.

            The Nominating Committee will meet in early January to complete the ballot.  Having a large slate of
            nominations from the church membership to begin with will make our job easier, of course.  Thank you for your
            help in this important work of the denomination.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

            In Christ,
            Loren Rhodes, Middle PA District Standing Committee Member
            Cell: 814-644-3309
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