• Passion For Practical Peacemaking - Samuel K. Sarpiya

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    Samuel K. Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference Moderator of the Church of the Brethren first had contact with the Brethren as a young man in Nigeria. He remembered that the EYN Church of the Brethren was very accepting of others and "they made really good peanut butter."

    His parents wanted him to be an attorney, but Samuel felt a calling to do mission work and graduated with a degree in social work. He said that guaranteed him an income next "to poverty," as social workers in Nigeria are paid very small wages. His mission work has taken him around the world and his "calling" took Samuel and his family from Hawaii to Rockford, Illinois in the midst of winter, to plant a Church of the Brethren congregation in the Illinois/Wisconsin District.

    As a church planter and community organizer, Samuel is passionate about peacemaking and the gospels as taught by Jesus. He has training in the principles of Kingian Nonviolence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, which inspires Samuel’s continued conviction for practical peacemaking.

    Drawing from Jesus’ teaching of nonviolence and peace, as pastor, Samuel is making his pastoral presence by impacting the Rockford school systems. He has trained the local Rockford police department’s command staff and management in nonviolent principles. With several community partners, Samuel has developed The Mobile Tech Lab and the Mobile Art Lab. It was first established as an educational community hub with a modern twist for at-risk youth, in Rockford, to provide mentor-ship, teach nonviolence and productive skill sets for the future.

    "Brethren Voices" met with Samuel Sarpiya at the National Older Adult Conference in North Carolina.
    Tags: Mission Work, Rockford Illinois, Martin Luther Kind, Non-Violence, Community Organizing, EYN Brethren of Nigeria, Social Work, Jesus Teachings, Brethren, Rockford Community Church, Rockford Police Department,
    Published: Nov 01, 2017, ID: BV 17-11
    Category: Education, 28:26
    License: Standard You Tube - ©
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