I'm risking my life for a year to see 1,000 of my family saved from slavery. I'm trading the ultimate comfort zone of The USA for the ultimate conflict zone of Eastern Congo. I'm "Ultimate Fighter" Justin Wren. Oh, & I can beat up Zimmerman, Z...
I did an AMA on the MMA fighting subreddit and it got many request for me to do this here... I will be on from 9am-5pm CST like Reddit is my JOB :-) So here goes! Recently my life has been turned upside down, but in the best way possible. I grew up being so heavily bullied that at 13yo I discovered my ULTIMATE dream was to become a fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So I set out pursuing that. I won multiple National Championships in wrestling... Then at 19yo I started fighting professionally... At 21-22 I was the youngest fighter on the reality tv show The Ultimate Fighter "Heavyweights" with guys like Kimbo Slice, Rashad Evans, & Rampage Jackson. Here's why Canseco don't want none http://i.imgur.com/uHkT3Ao.jpg
Then my life took a crazy turn. Fighting against people didn't fulfill me like I hoped so I found myself as a depressed, drunk, drug addict... So bad I missed being the best man at my best friends wedding and I attempted suicide just over 3 years ago. Now, humbly and excitedly I can say I have COMPLETELY overcome that! I have put those childhood dreams on hold and now I have gone from fighting AGAINST people to fighting FOR people.
Now I am on a pursuit to love people in maybe the most dark, destitute, and dangerous country on the planet. In the last year and a half I've gone DEEP in the Congo jungle to spend two months with the Mbuti Pygmy people... Maybe the most despised people group on the planet. Pygmy translated to some means "Elbow Height" because their men stand ONLY 4 foot 7 on average. In recent years some of the tribe has been hunted, killed, cooked, and eaten. The UN confirmed it, BBC, The Guardian, and CNN reported it. Then in August & September of 2012 I partnered with the oldest university in Congo and their School of Community Development. What I didn't know, was their last EIGHT years of negotiations was about to pay off... BIG!
We saw 60 Pygmy men, women, and children SLAVES be set FREE! Placed on their own land, that they own, for the FIRST time in history. We got an agriculturalist from the school to stay and teach the oldest nomadic, hunter gatherer tribe on the planet how to farm. Since then a ripple effect has occurred. We have seen over 120 slaves be set FREE on 60 acres of land and they are getting ready for their SECOND harvest! Now I have been made family with the tribe... They named me Efeosa, meaning: "The Man Who Loves Us." I'm getting ready to leave for the Congo jungle for a full year. Now I have decided to really get some skin in the game and put my life on the line.
I will sleep in twig and leaf huts, sleep on the dirt, and when it rains in the rainforest I will sink into the mud like my last trip. (huts http://i.imgur.com/8RD1PKV.jpg) The Congolese University and my goal is to see 1,000 slaves be set FREE and DEVELOPED into a fully self-sustainable people on hundreds of acres of land. It's multi purposed 1.Slave Liberation 2. Rainforest Preservation and 3. Wildlife Conservation all while conserving their highly valued and near extinct culture. I want to leave room for questions... So AMA! Here is my cause & where you can help filled with videos and pictures http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fight-for-the-forgotten Live to LOVE... LOVE to live! Here is a video that I JUST put up specifically for this IAmA crew :-) It's a funny way to make friends, but it works ;-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf4IFnSU0MU
My Twitter: @JustinTheViking or www.twitter.com/justintheviking