I’ve been working with Marv Steinberg and Genocide No More – Save Darfur, Redding, CA since 2008. Gabriel, i-ACT’s Executive Director, has been working with him even longer!
Marv is an outstanding leader and facilitator of a community who cares deeply about Darfur and Sudan. He started his journey to stand with Darfur in March 2006. He had been hospitalized with suspected heart problems. Before going in for a heart scan, he reflected about his life and had a conversation with God. “As I went in for the test that would determine whether I needed heart surgery, I talked to one of our pastors and told her that if I made it I was going to turn my attention to Darfur.” That was 8 years ago and Marv has not stopped.
Marv continues to organize his local community to support i-ACT’s projects, both through advocacy efforts and raising funds. Genocide No More – Save Darfur, Redding, CA gathers every month for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Sundial Bridge, rain or shine. They hold monthly meetings and have over the years hosted Camp Darfur several times, brought MY HOME: a Walk Through Children’s Memories of Darfur to Turtle Bay Museum, hosted concerts and sing-a-longs, and most recently organized a wine tasting. Their efforts have funded Darfur United, Little Ripples, Right 2 Education Human Rights Library, Adam’s needs, and so much more.
“I act for Darfur because everything that I really believe in tells me that I need to do something to help the men, women, and children who are the victims of the genocide in Sudan. The probable loss of much of my mother’s family in the Holocaust, the loss of my own daughter, the love of my wife and family, the example of people like Gabriel and Katie Jay Stauring, and my sense of what I should do as a Christian lead me to take action and support the efforts of i-ACT. “
Recently, Marv has furthered his commitment by joining i-ACT Ambassadors. A program where we ask you to lead your community to action and we support you with bi-monthly trainings and one-on-one support.
To Marv, Genocide No More – Save Darfur, and the entire Redding community, THANK YOU. You are true Ambassadors for Darfur.
*Quote taken from The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes
Photo Credit: Vicki Ono, member of Genocide No More – Save Darfur, Redding, CA