Win Without War
2000 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
To whom it may concern,
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 send over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
It is my hope that you will add the EYN’s courageous, inspiring story to your programming. I’m sure you remember the 276 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. 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.
However, it is not only the suffering of the EYN, but also their remarkable response to their suffering, that makes their story so inspiring. 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 trials.
In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN continue to respond with far greater love, courage, and community. They understand that as Christians they must be beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence. They have become leaders in working to peacefully and sustainably restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians, even when it means sacrifice.
These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I hope you will learn more about the EYN and include them in your programming and messaging. As we seek a solution to the violence in Nigeria, it only seems honorable to the EYN’s faithful commitment to peace that we help them in their mission to win without war. The EYN represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but they need our partnership to keep their ministry of reconciliation going.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289