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Hi, I’m Darnell Barkman

I stumbled into Christian Peacebuilding while working with Muslim, Christian and Communist armed groups in the southern Philippines. I was an intern with a Mennonite Peacebuilding ministry. It was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life.

Today, eight years later, I’m finishing my Masters in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development and my life is 100% an expression of following Jesus as a peacebuilder. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers because people will see that they are the sons of God.” I know that the world needs more people who will act in ways that bring justice, peace and reconciliation. This is one of my efforts to share my experience and learning with a world in conflict.

My dream is that Christians gather as communities committed to #EverydayPeacemaking (like my friends at The Global Immersion Project ) and with radical love like we see in The Preemptive Love Coalition so the world will taste the healing power of Jesus Christ, not the violence of this world. I work full time planting seeds, working, praying and serving so that Christian movements (peace churches or historic peace churches) will grow and embody the Gospel of Peace (Acts 10:36) daily in every context around the world.

I share stories to help others find the path of life that looks more like Jesus. A faith that is less of a sacred system to protect, and more of the way to life for all people or a a stream of neverending water in a dry desert.

My wife and I have served in violent parts of the world. While I was there I found a life of peace, reconciliation, adventure and joy. I hope my experiences also help you find it on your journey.

What am I doing right now?

I lead a church community in Metro Manila. We choose to be peacebuilders in every area of life. I am surrounded by amazing leaders at Peace Church Philippines. They are community organizers, development workers, teachers, pastors, missionaries, activists, spiritual leaders, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and children. We learn together, worship together and support one another weekly. We embody the hope of renewed physical, emotional and spiritual life in all our relationships. We aspire to be a community, the church, who look like Jesus.

If you’re in Metro Manila and looking for a Christian Community, send me a message by clicking here. You’re always invited to join us for dinner and worship!

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