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I’m a pastor, a peacebuilder and teacher and I’m unshakeably

committed to helping you discover hope in Jesus, find daily peace

and develop the tools to build a better world around you.

 

 

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  • Pastor in Metro Manila at Peace Church Philippines a Filipino church influenced by the historical Anabaptist/Mennonite movement.
  • Lecturer on Mennonite Peace Theology and Anabaptist history in the Philippines.
  • Peacebuilding Practitioner in the national peace processes of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) the New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
  • Experimenter in personal transformation through classic Christian spiritual practices. (Here)
  • Ongoing graduate studies in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development (PCD) focuses on developing the field of Christian Peacebuilding. Christian Peacebuilding is the natural connection between the field of peacebuilding skills and structures and their common, but not constant, parallel to the practical implications of following Jesus Christ as a disciple in his discipleship community. The church can better act with the love/justice of God, for others, by understanding PCD skills and analysis frameworks and addressing macro and micro PCD issues with prayer, patience, worship and strategic action.

In the Media

Profiled for the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. (Here)

An interview in the Canadian Mennonite Magazine. (Here)

A video interview with the MennoNerds Movement about the Anabaptist Movement in the Philippines. (Here)

Darnell’s Story

I’ve always been discontent to sit still and enjoy the status quo. I’ve always considered learning through experience a valuable part of life and those lessons have been my greatest teachers.

I write about following Jesus in daily life. My friends at the global immersion project call this “everyday peacemaking.” But it was a long way to get here:

  • I lived in a tent in the forests of northern Canada for 12 months as a treeplanter.
  • At 17 I visited leaper colonies in Thailand.
  • At 18 I lived on a former slave plantation in Jamaica. While I was there I experienced the power and love of God with Jamaican, German and Canadian friends in new ways 🙂
  • I was in Haiti during the 2004 coup d’etat. Here I experienced my first taste of systematic injustice, colonization and globalization.
  • I was “smuggled” across Cuba in the back of a dump truck, danced with the Cuban church, and heard the good, bad and ugly stories about “Papa Fidel”.
  • I lived and served in Mindanao, Philippines a land struggling its way out of colonization. It was a Muslim majority. But, years of division caused by “Christian” political manipulation have divided the people. Selfish interests caused poverty, armed conflict, and 100,000’s of deaths over 40+ years. There is hope. Muslims, Christians and local tribes are rediscovering how they can work together. They’re goal is to rediscover a lasting and sustainable peace. It’s getting there…
  • I currently live in the Philippines with my family. We’re in Metro Manila, Pasig actually. We lead Peace Church Philippines on a journey with Jesus towards: Understanding the story Jesus told, Practicing the spirituality Jesus modeled & Living the life Jesus lived.
  •  Travel has taught me a lot. These travel stories (and some pictures) will come out along the way. They have shaped the questions I ask and the choices we make every day as a family.

The world doesn’t teach us much about being hopeful. Most stories we hear are about how to get ahead, at the expense of others. My story is about how God brought new life and joy to serve others into a violently competing world.

Our family chose to respond to God’s generosity by giving our life back to God in trust and joy! 😉 Along the way I’ve learned a few things about healing daily conflicts; getting energy from spiritual practices (like prayer and meditation); overcoming bad habits; and the endless hope the bible narrative shows us if we get that the story points us to a loving self – sacrificing God!

I don’t claim to have all the answers and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way. If you’re ready to live a new story of reconciliation and discover spiritual practices to sustain it then enter your email address below and click “Subscribe”.



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