1000+ Letters for Nigeria Day 325

Learn more about the 1000+ Letters for Nigeria Project! 

Today’s letters go to:

International Code Council
International Community Development Organization
International Crisis Group

Click the pictures to read the letters!

GET INVOLVED!

Contribute to the project!

Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University
SMC #2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Sign up to write your own letters!

Contribute directly to the Nigeria Crisis Fund

HAVE A PROJECT OF YOUR OWN?

We want to know about it! This is your movement, and we’re here to help you express your Radical, nonconformist approach to following Jesus!

Please fill out a Dunker Punks Profile and email dunkerpunks2014@gmail.com about your vision!

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1000+ Letters for Nigeria Day 229

Learn more about the 1000+ Letters for Nigeria Project! 

Today’s letters go to:

Lehigh County Conference of Churches
Northside Common Ministries
Reading Berks Conference of Churches

GET INVOLVED!

Contribute to the project!

Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University
SMC #2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Sign up to write your own letters!

Contribute directly to the Nigeria Crisis Fund

HAVE A PROJECT OF YOUR OWN?

We want to know about it! This is your movement, and we’re here to help you express your Radical, nonconformist approach to following Jesus!

Please fill out a Dunker Punks Profile and email dunkerpunks2014@gmail.com about your vision!

1000+ Letters for Nigeria Day 221

Learn more about the 1000+ Letters for Nigeria Project! 

Today’s letters go to:

Troy Area United Ministries
North Carolina Council of Churches
Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry

Get Involved!

Contribute to the project!

Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University
SMC #2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Sign up to write your own letters!

Contribute directly to the Nigeria Crisis Fund

Have a project of your own?

We want to know about it! This is your movement, and we’re here to help you express your Radical, nonconformist approach to following Jesus!

Please fill out a Dunker Punks Profile and email dunkerpunks2014@gmail.com about your vision!

1000+ Letters for Nigeria Day 167

Learn more about the 1000+ Letters for Nigeria Project! 

Today’s letters go to:

National Council of Women’s Organizations
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
Bahais of the United States

Click the pictures to read the letters:

Get Involved!

Contribute to the project!

Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University
SMC #2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Sign up to write your own letters!

Contribute directly to the Nigeria Crisis Fund

Have a project of your own?

We want to know about it! This is your movement, and we’re here to help you express your Radical, nonconformist approach to following Jesus!

Please fill out a Dunker Punks Profile and email dunkerpunks2014@gmail.com about your vision!

1000+ Letters for Nigeria Day 143

Learn more about the 1000+ Letters for Nigeria Project! 

Today’s letters go to:

Medical Teams International
Medical Benevolence Foundation
Medical Ministry International

Click the pictures to read the letters!

Get Involved!

Contribute to the project!

Send non-monetary donations (stamps and envelopes) to:
Emmett Eldred
Carnegie Mellon University
SMC #2046
Pittsburgh, PA 15289

Sign up to write your own letters!

Contribute directly to the Nigeria Crisis Fund

Have a project of your own?

We want to know about it! This is your movement, and we’re here to help you express your Radical, nonconformist approach to following Jesus!

Please fill out a Dunker Punks Profile and email dunkerpunks2014@gmail.com about your vision!

Not Playing Around: 1000+ Letters for Nigeria

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Do you remember the 276 school girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram? Does #BringOurGirlsBack ring a bell? Many of those girls belong to the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. The EYN is suffering terribly at the violence of Boko Haram.

Yet, what makes their story so inspiring to me is not the bad, but the good that exists despite the bad. The Church of the Brethren (including the EYN) is one of three historic peace churches. While we in the United States never face a real threat to our love of peace, the EYN is confronted with that challenge everyday. In spite of all the evil, hatred, and violence that the EYN has endured, they choose to respond with courage, love, and nonviolence.

Midway through August, the Church of the Brethren observed a week of prayer and fasting in solidarity of the EYN.

I believe that fasting has the potential to be so powerful because it recognizes that when we make space in our lives for Jesus, his love can shine through us in some pretty amazing ways.

I decided that I wouldn’t just fast for that week, but I would extend my fast for an entire year by salvaging hours of my time that I waste playing computer games to do something better with that time.

I am going to use that time to write three letters every day about the EYN for the next year.

From today, September 1st, 2014 every day until September 1st, 2015, I will write and mail three letters to public figures.

This includes:

  • Elected Officials
  • Other Government Officials
  • Philanthropists
  • Media
  • Celebrities
  • Religious Leaders
  • Anyone who will listen

I will share with them the story of the EYN, and I will ask them to get involved however they can. This may mean sharing the story of the EYN on their social media and programs, donating to the EYN compassion fund, or setting aside aid money for the EYN.I want to emphasize the role that their creativity can play in making a difference.

I also want to emphasize that the only way to honor the EYN’s commitment to peace and nonviolence, is to explore and support solutions that also emphasize peace and nonviolence. From government officials, the only aid I will seek is humanitarian, nonmilitary aid.

I cannot do this alone.

The cost of sending over 1000 letters is well above $500.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Contribute to help me pay for stamps and envelopes
  2. Send me donations of stamps and envelopes
  3. Write letters of your own
  4. Pray
  5. Share my campaign and the EYN’s story with others
  6. Contribute to the EYN compassion fund

Contribute monetary donations at http://www.gofundme.com/dszfc8

(GoFundMe.com is a completely safe and secure website. It is among the most reputable and successful crowd funding platforms. If you have questions or concerns about donating through Go Fund Me, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/questions/)

All donations will go directly to purchasing stamps or envelopes, except for the Go Fund Me service fee. Any funds left over after 365 days of letter will be donated to the EYN compassion fund.

Send donations of stamps and envelopes to:

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

Write letters of your own!

Fill out this pledge form to commit to writing one letter a month or more on behalf of the EYN. If I can write three letters a day, you can write a few letters too!

Click here to donate directly to the EYN Compassion Fund.

The EYN gives me hope. They inspire me. So I’m not going to stop talking until I get people to listen. Join me. Support me. Pray for me and for the EYN.