The Honorable Jim Renacci
130 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Renacci,
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’m writing to you as part of 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’m sure you remember the 276 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Roughly three-fourths of those girls belong to the EYN. In fact, few groups of people have suffered from the violence in Nigeria as severely as the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.
However, it is not just the hardship of the EYN that makes their story so remarkable, but also the courageous, faithful way that they have responded to their hardship. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN has taken its commitment to peace seriously, despite their terrible hardship.
In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN continue to respond with even greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they must be beacons of Christ’s love in a climate darkened by hatred. This means being leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians, even when it requires terrible sacrifice.
These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I hope that you will learn more about the EYN and explore how you can help them in their ministry to working towards building lasting peace through investing in human economic and humanitarian security as opposed to military security. As an influential leader in the United States who represents many Church of the Brethren Ohioans, please, join your constituents in advocating for humanitarian, nonmilitary aid for the EYN and all in Nigeria.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289