Leslie Adelson Lewin
Seeds of Peace
370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1201
New York, NY 10017
Dear Ms. Lewin,
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 over the next year 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 consider the remarkable story of the EYN as you develop programming in Nigeria to foster peacemaking efforts and education. I’m sure you remember the 276 school girls from northern 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 as severely as the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.
It’s important for you to learn about and partner with the EYN not only because of their suffering, but also because of their courageous response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been steadfast and faithful in their commitment to peace, despite their horrific trials.
In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN have responded with far greater love, courage, and community. Ss Christians they have been beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence. They have become leaders in working towards the restoration of 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 partner in their ministry of reconciliation. The EYN represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but as their situation continues to deteriorate, they need our partnership in order to continue actively promoting peace. I think your organization can be very valuable in this situation. The EYN stick up for peace because that it their historic value. It is a decision that is made and implemented by the denominational elders and leadership. Many young members, especially young men, and finding it especially difficult to remain peaceful, but your organization can help provide that support.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289