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"But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18

Bring back our girls
#BringBackOurGirls daily vigil in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo courtesy Office of Public Witness

We sent this Action Alert to all churches and pastors because so many of you are praying for Chibok girls. Action Alerts come out periodically identifying advocacy actions you can take related to our Annual Conference statements. They normally only go to those who have signed up to receive them. Click here to be added to the Action Alert list.

Remind your representatives that is has been 1000 days since the Chibok girls were kidnapped.

Sunday, January 8th, will mark the 1000th day of the Chibok girls abduction. On April 14th, 2014, 276 Chibok girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. While we are deeply concerned by this we also recognize that these schoolgirls are not the only abducted. Countless of others have also been taken by Boko Haram.

Our Nigerian brothers and sisters been troubled by, not only the famine spread throughout, but also the loss of their daughters, sisters and friends. As stated in a previous action alert, UNICEF reports that in Borno state alone, where many EYN members are located, "there's 244,000 children who will suffer this year from severe acute malnutrition."

Letting it be known we have not forgotten, the 1000th day will bring many to the White House in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the girls' abduction.

Make a phone call or write a letter to your representatives using the following template for inspiration.


I am _______ from ________ and a member of the Church of the Brethren. I am calling because I deeply feel for my sisters in Nigeria who, on January 8th, will have been missing for 1000 days.

The Church of the Brethren has been in Nigeria since the early 1920s with now more than a million members in the Northeast and has contributed nearly 5 million dollars to fund crisis response projects.

On April 14th, 2014, 276 Chibok girls were abducted by terrorist group,Boko Haram. We celebrate that 21 girls have been released, but more action is needed.

Why isn't the United States government doing more to address the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram?

Why isn't the US government putting more focus on humanitarian approaches to peacebuilding in the region?

I would be interested in talking about this further with one of your staffers that works on these issues. My phone number is: ____ My address is: _________ My e-mail address is: _______

You can look up your legislators here:

Continuing the count:

2 years later

1 year later

Nigerian Famine Action Alert

In Christ's peace,

Emerson Goering
Peacebuilding and Policy Associate
Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
Washington, D.C.

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