P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063
Dear Mr. Stearns,
My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults belong to an active, passionate movement within the 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 year-long series of letters that I am 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 inspired to share the EYN’s story and partner in their ministry. 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 makes their story so remarkable, but also their courageous and faithful response to their suffering. The Church 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 have responded with far greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they must be beacons of Christ’s loves 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 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 they need our support and partnership to make that happen. Support their ministry, and share their story. Help them live out the Gospel by building sustainable, Christ shaped peace.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289