Day 9: Sally Kaplan

Sally Kaplan
1616 P St NW
Ste 100
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Ms. Kaplan,

My name is Emmett Eldred. I am one of many youth and young adults who belong to an active, passionate movement within the Church of the Brethren to live lives that better reflect the love and teachings of Jesus. 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.

I am writing to you in hopes that you and your organization and I and my movement can partner to work for peace in Nigeria by investing in the amazing, challenging efforts of the EYN. I’m sure you remember the 276 school girls from northern Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Remember #BringBackOurGirls? Well, 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 grow worse.

What makes their story so extraordinary, however, is not just their suffering, but the way that they have responded to their suffering. The Church of the Brethren, including the EYN, is a historic peace church. The EYN has doubled its commitment to pursuing peace. In the face of terrible hardship, they continue to be leaders in practicing nonviolence to build lasting change.

Though they endure great hate, fear, and division, they faithfully respond with even greater love, courage, and community. They understand that they are called to be beacons of Christ’s love in a climate darkened by darkness. They have stepped up to their role as leaders in working to restore community, dialogue, and the dignity of all Nigerians.

These people fill me with hope, and I will never stop advocating for them.

I hope you take the time to learn more about the EYN. Their story is so important to know, not just because it tells of the suffering of good people, but because it inspires people to practical action. I urge you to keep the EYN and all the people of Nigeria in your thoughts and decisions. Add your voice to those who advocate for their cause of building peace through investing in human security and love. Be inspired by their faithfulness and courage. Invest in their creative, electric determination to build a better word. Join me, please.

With thanks and the love of Christ,

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

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