Sister Patricia Chappell
Pax Christi USA
415 Michigan Ave. NE, Suite 240
Washington, DC 20017-4503
Dear Sister Chappell,
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 and community leaders about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
It is my hope that you will learn more about the EYN and include them in your thoughts, prayers, programming, and messaging. 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, and their situation continues to worsen.
However, it is not only the suffering of the EYN that makes their story so remarkable, but also their inspiring response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been faithful and steadfast in their commitment to peace, despite their horrid trials.
In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN consistently respond with far greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they must be beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence. They have become leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians.
These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I hope you will learn more about the EYN and join me in sharing their story. The EYN represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but they need our partnership to maintaining their safety and their ministry. Please, invest in their courage, creativity, and leadership. Share their story. Pray for them, for Nigeria, for Boko Haram, and for peace.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289