Day 8: Representative Rosa DeLauro

he Honorable Rosa DeLauro
2413 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Rosa DeLauro,

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 to better reflect the teachings and love of Jesus. I am writing to you as part of a series of over 1000 letters that I will write to public figures over the next year about the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren 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 as severely from the violence in Nigeria as the EYN.

The House Progressive Caucus, of which you are a founding member, values building peace, and believes that the most practical means for establishing peace are to first invest in human and economic security. The EYN should be of interest to you not only because of their suffering, but because of the creative, inspiring, and courageous ways that they are responding to their suffering by investing in human security with the ultimate goal of building lasting peace.

The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. Though they are confronted with the practical obstacles to peace, the EYN is resolute in their pursuit of it. Faced with great hate, fear, and division, they respond with even greater love, courage, and community. They understand their calling to be a beacon of Christ’s love through the darkness of a culture built around violence. They understand that the only way to create lasting peace is to show leadership in investing in and restoring community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians.

These people inspire me, and I will never stop advocating for them.

I urge you to do what you can to support and advocate for the EYN. Like the EYN, you are called to be a leader in building peace by investing in human security. Be inspired by their story. Invest in their creative, courageous response to violence. Give them the help they desperately need to continue living and operating as agents of good. Please keep the EYN in your thoughts, prayers, and decisions, and pay credit to their inspiration by providing humanitarian, non-military aid to them and the people of Nigeria.

With thanks and the love of Christ,

Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University SMC# 2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

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