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UnderGround Forums Leaving Congo... 3 days ago I buried a Pygmy baby.

1/7/13 4:53 PM
10/23/08
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It's been five long months since Andibo died in my hands.... But, GOOD NEWS!

Everything is falling into place! TODAY I officially received my nonprofit status!!! 
 
1 Viking
1 Jungle
1 Year
1,000 MINIMUM slaves set FREE!
 

Donation link: (I'll be needing a landing page at least for Pygmy Project Info!) https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=kbm&id=5

 
That not the only excitement! As this is absolutely my nonprofit, my vision, and me risking my own neck in the Eastern Congo jungle... In addition I have been granted a covering from over 25 year nonprofit that will hold me to the highest financial accountability there is! I will be required annual outside audits and is held to standards higher than the IRS requires :-) 
 
This is why it has taken me FIVE long months after an innocent infant died in my hands to be willing to accept donations... I didn't want something in the slightest to look fishy, or even in the SLIGHTEST have people wonder like is only natural. I wanted to take those doubts away..
 
The organization that is actually accepting the donations is a nonprofit I have been incredible friends with for years. They will basically be the middle man with the money, and they will do all the accounting (because I suck at it) and help me focus on just doing good. I will see every donation, but I won't be responsible for the administration stuff. 
 
Anytime I want to do something with the money I tell them with a written notice of what it is for first. Then they release it, then I provide them with a receipt afterwards for tax documentation. They also will give out the Tax Write Off Info for my donors or my "Support Tribe." It is my nonprofit. It is my vision. It is me who will be in the Congo, on the ground, for (hopefully) a full year. I will be the one MAKING SURE it gets where it is said it will go :-) 
 
The reason for this is I wanted and then SOUGHT out the best financial accountability I could find. The ECFA. The only problem was that it took years of being up and running to get their seal of financial accountability... So we had to get creative :-)  
 
I have friends that are so good to me they are willing to cover me with their 25 year seal of financial accountability with the ECFA to START my nonprofit! All that means is they do the paperwork, as a favor, because they really believe in this :-)  
 
My mission is to set a 1,000 slaves MINIMUM FREE. 
 
I saw earlier today that a Honey Badger BBQ sauce raised 50,000 in donations!!! $50,000 in donations will provide this...
 
-1,000 men, women, children slaves their FREEDOM... Their LIBERATION! 
-Hundreds (Around 300 acres) of already negotiated PERFECT uncut virgin rainforest to live in. 
-Water well dug, clean-crisp water flowing
-Agriculturalists paid... Corn & bean crops growing
-Tilapia stock pond dug, fish farming!
-Chickens and a coop for eggs & meat!
-School built!
-Headmaster paid! First ever officially recognized Congolese Pygmy school... I already know the Headmaster and had him agree :-) $600 is his yearly salary!
-Teacher paid! 
 
Guys I'm thinking this is going to be bigger than what I've written down here! That's why I say 1,000 slaves MINIMUM!  I've talked to a academy award winning documentary director & Oscar nominated directors and three other filmmakers! They think if I could do a kickstarter video and campaign to do a documentary that could be HUGE! Have the proceeds from the one year in the jungle documentary go straight back to the project! 
 
I hope that during my year on the ground I can have trips of medical missionaries and other nonprofits coming on to the new land with their expertise! 
 
I've seen 19 million dollar grants be given to Congo for agriculture projects... I've seems a 150,000,000 MILLION dollar project go in Congo to develop water wells... The only thing is I've never seen those benefits, not once in being there... What I have seen some LOADED government officials! I mean millions upon millions in their pockets while a family of 5-6 lives on an average of 85 dollars a month!  Maybe I'm just going to the very worst places... But that is where I see the MOST hope!  I'll let them jail me before I get bribed. They know this, I've been threatened multiple times before... And now I have the support of people who are loved greatly by Congolese :-)
 
I'm with a 50+ year Congo University that has been part of successful peace talks between rebel groups and violent standoffs. They just so happen to have the number one school of Community Development that says after I get what I want done for the $50,000 if there is another like $5,000-$8,000 they will build a UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTER attached to the exact land! Why? So they can have "on field" students as faculty that during their senior years they will LIVE at the research center and get COLLEGE CREDIT to continue helping the Pygmies! Helping them go from completely dependent slaves... To self sustaining, independent, FREE people! The research center will protect from outside corruption and locals close to it will be told by local Congolese university staff and students that if we can change the worst off living circumstances... We can then take it out farther than here! 

 

 
 
Last night I began making a video with one filmmaker to raise awareness... I am so thankful for The UG and MMA.tv
 
These people are worth fighting for! 
1/7/13 6:27 PM
10/23/08
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LetterFromAThief - Honestly justin, how do i get involved in this?.. I have always wanted to do something like that.. Phone Post
Let's chat! While I'm there a year I'm down if you want to come for a week or two or a month. I'll crawl out of the jungle to meet ya at a dirt airstrip :-) Phone Post
1/7/13 9:27 PM
6/26/08
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Hahaha awesomeness!!!

This is great I'll be happy to do a small part in helping this. Especially with the loyalty of the OG I hope your dreams can become reality.

Great work OP :-) Phone Post
1/8/13 3:08 AM
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TTT for the awesome work justin is doing Phone Post
1/8/13 10:10 PM
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LetterFromAThief - I am involved currently with social working with all ages, so this kind of thing has always fascinated me. I am humbled daily and am reminded daily i am so lucky to have a home, food, warmth, and especially all these luxuries. Amazing thing you are doing justin Phone Post
Thanks bro! Maybe we can chat bro! Phone Post
1/8/13 10:27 PM
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You are a good man, Justin. I'm not a rich man by any means. But, we'll see if we can help out some.

 

1/9/13 12:44 AM
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Justin, you've got my email. Let me know how Disciple Dojo can help spread the word. I'd love to partner with you any way we can.

1/9/13 2:17 PM
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UGCTT_granite007 -

You are a good man, Justin. I'm not a rich man by any means. But, we'll see if we can help out some.

 

Thanks SO much brother! Phone Post
1/9/13 2:35 PM
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Baby Monkey Guard - Justin.... One man cannot change the world alone, but he CAN start the movement and plant the seed.

I implore you to follow your heart.

We need Human beings like you. Phone Post
This. Phone Post
1/9/13 4:53 PM
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Salokcin69 -
Baby Monkey Guard - Justin.... One man cannot change the world alone, but he CAN start the movement and plant the seed.

I implore you to follow your heart.

We need Human beings like you. Phone Post
This. Phone Post
Thanks guys.

Really appreciate it! Phone Post
1/13/13 3:05 PM
10/23/08
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What is something courageous you'll do in 2013?

Being courageous is contagious. That is my hope for starting this thread!

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything ~Vincent Van Gogh

My attempt at living a courageous life this year is going to be setting at least a minimum of 1,000 human slaves FREE in the Eastern Congo Jungle.

Fully committed and in July I will go for a year.

What is your act of courage this year? What is your great attempt? What is your way to spread unusual, but radical love? Phone Post
4/15/13 11:47 AM
10/23/08
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View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-Wrestler-Fights-For-The-Forgotten-202951091.html

 

Hey guys... I'm coming here to ask for help! The donation link is here... 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fight-for-the-forgotten

4/15/13 12:02 PM
8/14/11
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Hey Justin, I know I'm a little late to the party but I recently listened to the episode of the JRE you were on and I've just got to say that I respect the hell out of what you're doing.

I'll give what I can to support this amazing cause. The world needs more Justin Wren's!

 

4/15/13 12:20 PM
2/2/09
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Will gladly donate my friend. When are you planning on heading back?


And a PS: Were you ever able to get in touch with my brother? I have not been able to get in touch with him much myself lately. Thanks again.
4/15/13 12:56 PM
10/23/08
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Fraser_Finlay - 

Hey Justin, I know I'm a little late to the party but I recently listened to the episode of the JRE you were on and I've just got to say that I respect the hell out of what you're doing.

I'll give what I can to support this amazing cause. The world needs more Justin Wren's!

 


Bro! Thank you SO much! I can't tell you how THANKFUL I am for your support! 

-Justin Wren

4/15/13 12:59 PM
10/23/08
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RedDragons - Will gladly donate my friend. When are you planning on heading back?


And a PS: Were you ever able to get in touch with my brother? I have not been able to get in touch with him much myself lately. Thanks again.

Hey brother, I sent him a couple of text and a call. I'll try him again soon. If you can, refresh my email one more time with your brothers number so it will be easier for me to try him again. 

 

I plan on headed back when I get the funds. I will definitely leave at the end of july or beginning of August. 

4/15/13 2:17 PM
10/23/08
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TTT

4/15/13 2:30 PM
6/19/04
Posts: 354
fatNlazy,
The Bible says the the world belongs to the Lord and everything in it. That means the money you donated belongs to God so yes he does get credit for it. A person like Justin cannot make the sacrafices he makes for others himself, it is the love of Jesus pouring out of him. Its easy for someone to give extra money to help others,(which is a good thing, don't get me wrong) its not easy to give your time or your life as Justin is doing.
4/15/13 2:32 PM
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Guns`A`Blazin - fatNlazy,
The Bible says the the world belongs to the Lord and everything in it. That means the money you donated belongs to God so yes he does get credit for it. A person like Justin cannot make the sacrafices he makes for others himself, it is the love of Jesus pouring out of him. Its easy for someone to give extra money to help others,(which is a good thing, don't get me wrong) its not easy to give your time or your life as Justin is doing.

By that logic god is responsible for their suffering in the first place so I guess that puts him at a zero sum doesnt it?
4/15/13 2:36 PM
6/19/04
Posts: 355
Justin,
Keep fighting the good fight brother. You will not be found in the "Luke Warm" category if ya know what I mean. What you're doing is amazing and you are a wonderful inspiration to others
4/15/13 2:39 PM
6/19/04
Posts: 356
No fatNlazy,
Christians are to be the hands and feet of God. That can be found in the Living Word also. Justin is a great example of that. More Christians should be obedient to God's calling and serve "the least of these" as Justin is doing
4/16/13 8:15 AM
2/2/09
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justinthevikingwren - 
RedDragons - Will gladly donate my friend. When are you planning on heading back?


And a PS: Were you ever able to get in touch with my brother? I have not been able to get in touch with him much myself lately. Thanks again.

Hey brother, I sent him a couple of text and a call. I'll try him again soon. If you can, refresh my email one more time with your brothers number so it will be easier for me to try him again. 

 

I plan on headed back when I get the funds. I will definitely leave at the end of july or beginning of August. 


Well good luck to you. The indiegogo fund looks like it is climbing pretty steady so hopefully it you can hit that goal.

And thanks again. I will send an email off this morning. Good luck and be safe.