Religion & Politics
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
1 Brookings Drive / CB 1066
St. Louis, MO 63130
Dear Ms. Griffith,
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 Brehtren 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 EYN’s story should be important and challenging to you and your readers. 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 severely as the EYN, and their situation continues to worsen.
However, it is not only the suffering of the EYN that make their story so remarkable, but also their courageous, inspiring, and faithful 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 building peace, despite their horrific 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 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, even when it has meant 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 share their story with your readers. The EYN represent the possibility of Christ shaped peace in Nigeria, but they need our partnership and help to make that possibility a reality. I’m sure your readers will find their story deeply moving and challenging. They must ask, as I ask myself everyday, could my faithfulness be so great?
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289