Mar 9, 2010

Peacemakers — the ministry that moves

by Trey Smith

The sound of music, clapping and occasional cheers can be heard around the Schilling Center on what seems like a quiet Saturday afternoon. Those sounds usually originate from the Peacemakers — an urban ministry team coming together to fellowship with one another, practice their skills and to further their ministry.

According to their Facebook page, the Peacemakers were established in September 2007 to bring “Peace to the Streets” through their Stop the Violence campaign. Led by juniors Buddy Rushing, also known as B-boy Goodlook, Stephan Diaz, also known as B-boy Playground, Jason McGouldrick and senior Isaac Lucero, also known as B-boy Oath, the Peacemakers use their skills to minister not only to each other, but to those around them.

“We minister to each other just through fellowship – talking with each other, praying with each other and doing devotions,” McGouldrick said. “Outwardly, we try to affect the Hip-Hop culture by being a light and an example to those around us.”

The Peacemakers also attend events in hope of making connections with various people groups.

“We go to a lot of battles and stuff just to build up conversations,” Lucero said. “Sometimes it’s really simple just by saying little things and opening doors and just acknowledging what you believe in real quick.”

Though the Peacemakers do not force their beliefs on anyone, they do build relationships and friendships with people they come in contact with from the events and gigs that they attend.

“For example, this past weekend someone from another university came down to visit us,” Lucero said. “It was an established friendship that we’ve built.”

The Peacemakers maintain a close-knit friendship with its members.

“What I love most about the Peacemakers is the family aspect of them,” freshman Aaron Atkinson, also known as B-boy Beta, said. “I came here and I’ve been a B-boy for about three years but they immediately accepted me. I came into the crew and they all loved me and treated me as family.”

The family atmosphere that the group promotes may be credited to the Peacemakers loyalty to each other.

“When you love each other you take care of each other,” Rushing said. “It’s not like our friendship has to do with just practice times. Its about spending time together, going out to eat and ministering to each other’s lives when we have hard times by calling each other up or texting each other.”

Even though they are college students, the Peacemakers even help each other financially, when possible.

With spring break right around the corner, many students will be taking flights home to be with family and friends. However, the Peacemakers will still be with family. They will be traveling to Florida to demonstrate their abilities and put words into actions by living out their mission statement.

The Peacemakers will be learning from other B-boys at workshops and performing at venues.

“We have a church show for a high school and middle school age group at East Coast Christian Center,” Lucero said. “We did the same show last year, and it was a really good success. It’s probably (the) most memorable event we’ve ever done.”

The Peacemakers are always open to new members. The group practices three days a week Monday, Friday and Saturday at the Schilling Center.

Contact Trey Smith at
tsmith21@liberty.edu.
 


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