Presbyterian World Mission has been working to support our partner, the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger, to spread the Good News of the Gospel in Niger. Holistic evangelism is very important to the church in Niger. The church has placed a special emphasis on building primary schools, teaching literacy and basic health skills, establishing health clinics and encouraging youth to enter health professions, empowering women especially in the area of agriculture and small business, and organizing and training youth and young adults.
JIM AND JODI MCGILL
Jim works with both the Evangelical Church of the Republic of Niger (EERN) and the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) in their clean water and sanitation programs. He works to ensure sustainability at the community and family levels and to make sure that the church is a strong presence in rural development. Jodi will be working in an EERN clinic in Niamey, Niger, assisting in the primary health care programs of the EERN, and will be teaching nursing students when the church’s nursing school in Niamey opens. You can find out more about their ministry on their profile page, which can be found here.
Claire Zuhosky has been working with educational, training, and empowerment programs geared towards the large population of youth and young adults in the church. Learn more about her work here.
Rev. Michael and Rachel Ludwig are working especially in the area of training leaders for community transformation, with a focus on literacy, community health, and church leadership. Learn more about their work here.
The Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger was founded in the 1920s by American missionaries. In the past two decades, the church has made strong efforts to establish new ties with Reformed and Presbyterian churches in West Africa and around the world. With about 16,000 members, the Evangelical Church is the largest Christian body in Niger, which is predominantly Muslim. Despite being a small minority, Christians in Niger are often viewed positively for the education, health, and community development projects they run. Niger is often considered one of the least developed countries in the world, and the hot and arid climate makes food security a constant struggle.
If you are interested in supporting the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger, organizing a mission trip, or developing a partnership, please contact the Regional Liaison for West Africa, Josh Heikkila, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is new interest in creating a Niger Mission Network, which would be a forum for PC(USA) presbyteries, congregations, and individuals supportive of mission in Niger. If you would like to be part of this network, please contact Josh at email@example.com.
Pray for and communicate with the mission co-worker. Consider making a contribution to one of the following mission co-workers. Please note that congregations should give by mailing a check to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
PO Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Include a note with the fund number.
Support mission co-workers in Niger
Individuals can support Claire Zuhosky with code E200517, and congregations with code D507578.
Individuals can support Michael and Rachel Ludwig with code E200513, and congregations with code D507575.
Donate to our partner’s account
Donations to the Evangelical Church in the Republic of Niger supports the church’s work in evangelism and church growth, leadership training, education, poverty reduction, women, youth and young adults, agriculture, water and sanitation, agriculture and food security, peacemaking and interfaith relations. You can donate easily online here.