Anyone who has heard the name Jason Brown knows the talent, prestige and fame of the former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player and NFL superstar. On Thursday, September 17 from 6-8PM, Brown will be the keynote speaker at the Peacemakers of Rocky Mount Celebration and Book Rally at Word Tabernacle Church’s Impact Center located at 821 Word Plaza in Rocky Mount, NC in the former Home Depot location. Tickets are $12 each and are free for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peacemakers-celebration-book-rally-tickets-17904316292 or Peacemakers at 1725 Davis Street in Rocky Mount, NC. For more information, visit facebook.com/peacemakersrm or call 252-813-9813.
A native of Henderson, NC, Brown attended UNC-CH on an athletic scholarship, graduated in 2005 and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. As a free agent in 2009, he signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, played three, and was released in March 2012. With several lucrative offers on the table from the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and the San Francisco 49ers, Jason Brown walked away from it all and instead took a leap of faith.
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9) is a biblical mandate and Jason Brown takes it seriously. “God revealed to me that he had something greater in store for me and that my family should move back to my home state of North Carolina and start a farm,” he said. “This really caught us by surprise because we knew nothing about farming. Yet, out of obedience, we started looking for available farmland.”
Brown left the fame and fortune and returned to North Carolina, bought a 1,000-acre farm in Louisburg and started First Fruits Farm where he puts his faith into action. After a year of preparing the land, in 2014 the farm hosted its first annual youth fishing derby, hosted graduates from North Carolina State University, and collaborated with many faith and service organizations. The farm yielded about 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 120,000 pounds of sweet potatoes last year, which were given to food pantries and churches throughout the Triangle area. More than 600 volunteers lent helping hands in gleaning and harvest events.
Individuals who bring 10 new or gently used children’s books to the September 17th event will receive a free tee-shirt while supplies last. Age-appropriate books will be given to children in the South Rocky Mount neighborhood. Peacemakers is a Christian community development 501c3 organization serving the under-resourced area of South Rocky Mount, by empowering citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful and sustainable lives. Peacemakers strives to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in such a way that it results ultimately in the complete transformation of the community and its people. The organization believes wholeheartedly in the importance of collaboration, working with other organizations to further the impact of its services. Gifts of support are accepted throughout the year online, by mail to: 1725 Davis Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27803 and in person.