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Clausen Center sponsors guest lecturer and open talk ‘Addressing the Roots of Poverty in Broken Economic Systems’ TODAY

By

Corinne Ness

May 08, 2019

Sammy Webber and his family.Sammy Webber and his family.Sammy Webber will visit Carthage on Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, to speak about “Addressing the Roots of Poverty in Broken Economic Systems.” Mr. Webber’s visit is sponsored by the Clausen Center.

During his visit, Mr. Webber will visit classes and provide special workshops. Mr. Webber’s visit will culminate in a public lecture on “Arts of Africa and Music of Africa,” to be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 in the Todd Wehr Center’s 128 A and B.

Sammy Webber was born and raised in Cameroon, Africa as the son of Bible translators in the village of Yimbere. After high school, he spent a year in Cameroon doing missionary work before attending the Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife have been working in Cameroon since they married in 2010; they currently live with their three children in Banyo, Cameroon.

Mr. Webber serves as the leader of a multicultural team focused on training leaders in holistic development and church planting. Partnering with a friend from his tribal village, they have trained over 20 indigenous church planters over the last 10 years. They built a palm oil plantation to fund high school expenses for the village’s students. They’ve also started an agricultural co-op that processes coffee, cocoa, and honey as a way of educating people on how to add value to local products. The co-op also helps fund other development projects.

Culturally, Mr. Webber calls himself a “white Cameroonian” which makes him a walking paradox to some. Despite his appearance as a white North American, he lives and thinks like the Cameroonians among whom he was raised.