Before I get to today’s letters, I have to share troubling news about the EYN.
Today, Boko Haram overtook the EYN headquarters and the EYN’s Kulp Bible College. Both are located in the village of Kwarhi. No leading EYN staff appear to have been harmed, as many were in a meeting off site, but several guards and soldiers were killed. Additionally, the status of several families who had returned to Kulp Bible College and the headquarters property is unclear. Finally, there is concern for other EYN staff and members in Kwarhi and surrounding communities.
Now, more than ever, pray for the EYN, and seriously consider what you can do to get involved. Please help me share the EYN’s story by writing your own letters, making phone calls, and contacting media and community leaders. Consider donating to the EYN compassion fund, and encourage your friends, families, and congregations to do likewise.
I welcome donations of stamps and envelopes, and you can find my address below, as well as a link to where you can donate to my project. However, I encourage you to donate to the EYN compassion fund over me, particularly right now. If you would like to discuss how you can get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
And always remember, pray.
I find this news particularly disheartening because of recent news about a potential ceasefire between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. However, in this dark moment, I have to remember what I say about the EYN in my letters, and I hope you do to. In many of my letters, I write: “The EYN understand that they must be beacons of Christ’s love to a landscape darkened by violence.”
I truthfully believe that there is a light in the darkness. Jesus equips us with a tenacious love that is capable not of destroying, but of actually winning over even the darkest of evils. The EYN have been courageous and inspiring ambassadors of Jesus’ love. When you pray for them, pray also for the continued and ever-straightening resolve of their conviction, and pray most fervently for the resolve of your own conviction. You have that same light as the EYN, so let it shine.
Today’s letters go to:
Peace and Justice Foundation
Interfaith Communities United for Peace and Justice
Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center
Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15289
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