Brandywine Peace Community
P.O. Box 81
Swarthmore, PA 19081
To whom it may concern,
My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults within the Church of the Brethren who belong to an active, passionate movement within the Church of the Brethren. I am writing to you as part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write to public figures and community leaders over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
It is my hope that we can work together to spread the EYN’s inspiring story and support their peacemaking efforts 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 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 inspiring response to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN have been faithful and steadfast 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 believe that they must be beacons of Christ’s love to a community darkened by violence. They have become leaders in working to sustainably and peacefully restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians.
These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.
I look forward to communicating with you further about how we can partner with the EYN by sharing their story and investing in their ministry of reconciliation. The EYN represent the possibility of peace in Nigeria, but they need our awareness and partnership to make that a possibility. Please don’t hesitate to contact me in whichever way is most convenient for you.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289