Hello my name is Stewart Barker (most people call me Stew) from the suburb and farmlands of Canal Winchester Ohio which right outside southeast from Columbus. I have a Bachelors in Communication from the University of Cincinnati. I am a member of Davids UCC and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. I work for a nonprofit called Global Ministries and through them I am a Missionary Intern. I will be called to Manzini, Swaziland for a year to work with the Kukhany O’Kusha Zion Church.

I love adventure! I plan on using my GoPro and making iPhone videos during my time in Swaziland with the intention to document as much as I can. Swaziland is a small country and there is a lot in the American culture that is over generalized when discussing Africa. My goal is to unearth suspicions as well as give my people back in the states a new perception of Africa. First I will start by using Swaziland rather than Africa in my speech.

I am 23 years old and music has been my whole life. My father being a huge influence considering he is a musician himself and my mom one of the biggest fans I will ever have, though she is not a musician, she has the heart of one. I am a drummer, percussionist and bassist. I have been drumming 20 years and picked up bass within the last 4 years. I have learned the art of recording and have what it takes to be a sound engineer though I don’t have the degree to show for it I still consider sound engineer an unofficial minor. Took a lot of non-music major courses in college.

I have three main goals I would love to accomplish during my free time while in Swaziland. The first one is to make my own instruments from scratch, traditional ones such as djembe’s and Shekere’s (also known as chekere depending on where you are from). Second I would love to have the experience playing soccer with the locals. I loved playing with people who were not from the states in college. Lastly, I would love to run in the Lubombo Mountains of Swaziland.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have in comments. Welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much…