Harpo Studios, Inc.
1058 West Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Dear Ms. Winfrey,
My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adult who belong to an active, passionate movement to better reflect the teachings and love of Jesus in our everyday lives.
I want to tell you about a group of people that fill me with hope and move me to action: the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
I’m sure you remember the 276 school girls 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 much as the EYN.
Despite enduring such terrible violence, hate, and division, the EYN continually responds with active nonviolence, love, and community. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. While in the US Brethren like me face little threat to our love of peace, the EYN daily has to justify their pursuit of peace to their hardship. Still, they refuse to add to the tradition of violence that so plagues their region. They think bigger than that.
The EYN has shown inspiring leadership and courage. They are truly a beacon of Christ’s love, and I believe they are the greatest hope for resolving the situation in Nigeria peacefully. I want so desperately to help them, and writing this letter is the only way I know how.
These people fill me with hope, and I’m never going to stop advocating for them. This letter to you is part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write to public figures about the EYN over the next year.
Our media has a way of only paying attention to the world’s suffering. I want the world to hear about amazing people working to uncover the good so obscured by the darkness of violence.
I hope that you will help the EYN any way that you can. Please consider learning more about them and sharing their story on your platforms. Consider investing in their creative, courageous commitment to building peace and restoring community. You have a voice that speaks much louder than my own. I hope you will use it to help the EYN and the people of Nigeria.
With thanks and the love of Christ,
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15289