The Honorable Samantha Power
United States Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10017
Dear Ambassador Power,
My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to an active, passionate movement within the Church of the Brethren to better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus in our everyday lives. I am writing to you as part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write to public figures over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
I hope that their amazing story will inspire you to advocate for their aid. I’m sure you remember the 276 schoolgirls from north Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Roughly three-fourths of those girls belong to the EYN. In fact, few groups have suffered from the violence in Nigeria more severely than the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.
It is not just the suffering of the EYN that makes their story so remarkable, it is also their courageous, inspiring response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN has embraced their commitment to peace, though they face such extreme hardship.
Despite the great hatred, fear, and division that they experience daily, the EYN consistently responds with even greater love, courage, and community. They feel led to be a beacon of Christ’s love in a climate darkened by violence. This means being leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians, though it comes with sacrifice.
These people fill me with the hope of a better world, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I hope that you will learn more about the EYN and share their story with your colleagues and everyone in your sphere of influence. Add your voice to mine in advocating for their aid and for the aid of all Nigerians. Use their story as inspiration for the dream of peace, and invest in their wellbeing and ministry so that they can lay the foundation for a Nigeria that has moved beyond violence. Pay credit to their creativity and courage by working to bring nonmilitary, humanitarian aid to the EYN and all who suffer in Nigeria.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289