Day 25: UFPJ

244 Fifth Ave, Suite D55
New York, NY 10001
Phone Number: (212) 868-5545

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 writing 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 share the story of the EYN along your network, and you will encourage the members of your network to partner with the EYN in their ministry of peace 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 have suffered from the violence in Nigeria as much as the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.

However, the story of the EYN is remarkable not only because of their suffering, but because of their incredible, inspiring, and courageous response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been faithful and steadfast to building peace, despite their horrific trials.

In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN consistently respond with far great love, courage, and community. They have been beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence. This means being leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians, even when it requires sacrifice.

These people fill me hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.

I hope you will learn more about the EYN, and share their story with your network. Partner with their ministry of reconciliation. The EYN represent the possibility for peace in Nigerian, but they need our support and partnership to make that happen. Add your voice to mine in advocating for their aid and for investment in their efforts.

With thanks and the love of Christ,

Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289


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