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Hi, I’m Darnell Barkman.

I’m an author, pastor, peacebuilder and carpenter. I study scripture, and work with successful people all around the world – leaders who follow Jesus, peacebuilding and development workers always people working to heal the world. I write to tell our stories, a counter narrative to the suffering of the world. I tell what we have learned in our efforts around the world. Then, I share what I’ve learned in my popular email newsletter.

My work has been covered by media outlets like The Canadian Mennonite, Inter-varcity Christian Fellowship, the Mindanao Peacebuilding Instatute, The Canadian School of Peacebuilding and more. I don’t have all of the answers, but I’m excited to share what I have learned so far. Want to hear more? Read my full story here.

The Mission

The core of my work is a simple question: Does the Creator God love the world enough to heal it totally?
 
The first way I try to answer that is compare the problems of the world, and my own experiance against Jesus Christ who shows us exactly what God looks like. I believe, with Jesus early followers, that Jesus is the face of God. YES he has acted in history to bring healing to all of creation! He has also shown us how he brings healing, reconciliation and justice into our daily lives.
 
I ask questions about the fundamental story that defines us?Who is the primary community that shapes our identity? What daily practices inform and shape our common identity? How do true leaders embrace the world with strategic love to transform them, their neighbours and our communities?
 
The second way, I answering that question is by applying lessons from bible stories, community building, peacebuilding and development theory and the stories of important leaders in our lives. How do these lessons shape our identity and actions today? How do they lead to the healing embrace of the Creator (up)? A healed and confident self-identity(in)? Embracing our neighbours again (Out)? And embracing all the creation around us (down/all around)? These four directions define biblical peace the goal of Creator, creation whole and flourishing.
 
My ultimate goal is to answer a question at the core of being human: What does Jesus show us about becoming communities of leaders who follow the loving Creator by healing our world?
 
Hope is the thing we all need most. How can we be people filled with endless hope poured into us from Creator?
 
My hope is – even if I answer these questions in a modest way – my work will bring you the peace of Jesus, lead you to healing from personal pain and give you practical leadership skills powered by Creator to bring strategic healing into your world.

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I’m thankful to be able to share my ideas and stories with a wide range of people around the world. I share ideas with hundreds of subscribers is through my weekly email newsletter.
 
My readers are men and women, peacebuilders and activists, millennials rediscovering Jesus and seniors leading in their community, community development workers and artists, leaders and team members and may other beautiful people bold enough to reach into our world to bring healing and reconciliation.
 
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