450 West 33rd Street
New York City, New York 10001
Dear Ms. Carroll,
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 media over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
The story of the EYN is inspiring and important for you and your many readers to hear. I’m sure you remember the 276 schoolgirls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Roughly three-fourths of those schoolgirls 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.
However, what makes their story so important for you and your readers to hear is not just their suffering, but also their inspiring, courageous response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been courageous and faithful in their commitment to building peace, despite their horrific trials.
In the face of great hatred, fear, and division, the EYN have consistently responded with far greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they must live out their faith by being 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.
In the United States, our news is flooded with horrific stories that depict extreme and troubling evil. The EYN are operating within that dark reality to find the good in people and restore hope. They represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but they need the support and partnership of people in the United States to make that possibility a reality. I hope you will learn more about the EYN and deliver their story to your readers.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289