Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Friends and Family,
It is with great excitement that I have accepted the opportunity to serve as a Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer in Madagascar starting in August 2017. I will be one of more than 85 young adults serving on behalf of the ELCA in 11 different country programs around the world!
Bet you are wondering how this all happened, so let us go back a few years. I was raised by wonderful parents who brought me to church and showed me the world. They made me ask the big questions in life and form my own views. They took me to church every Sunday. I literally grew up at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church which had a mission statement of: Following Christ, Growing in Faith, Sharing God’s Love. That has been my moto for how I live my life. All of my actions are shaped by my faith. My understanding of the world was created not only by my faith, but by my travels. I remember every summer packing up our van and heading out with our camping gear. I was blessed to see the United States with my own eyes. Soon this love for travel led beyond the United States. I began going on mission trips with church, studying abroad in college, and going on a medical mission trip. All these things were stepping stones.
Little did I know as a kid that I would get a degree in nursing and have a passion for global mission. I have always felt that God was calling me for something unique in my life. My goal has always been to combine my passion for nursing, love for travel, and faith into one amazing experience. When I was told to look into YAGM, my heart was overjoyed by what I found. Everything fit with how I was feeling about the mission work I wanted to be participating in. God has blessed me with a nursing degree and over 4 years of learning in a major hospital. I feel like I am being called to put my skills to use in another place.
50 states and 22 countries later, I find myself taking another journey. Living in Madagascar for a year! I can’t wait to see where God is leading me.
Grace and Peace,
-If you want to follow me on my journey you can visit my blog: <a href="http://windowstomyworld.org">Windows To My World.</a>
Help me get to Madagascar!
The total cost for one young adult’s year of service is $15,000. As part of accepting this call, I am asked to raise support for my year of service, and I am hoping to be able to raise the full amount. Yes, this seems like a lot of money, but even the smallest gift can make a difference. For $41, you can support one day on my journey. There will be a few fundraising events before I leave, so stay tuned! Through your donation, you join me on this journey as I grow in my own faith and walk in partnership with our global companions.
Thank you for joining me and for your support – every gift truly matters!
About Young Adults in Global Mission
The ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program provides young adults, ages 21-29. Young adults in the program serve in churches, schools and social service ministries. Currently the program is engaged in work in Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom.
Find out more at elca.org/yagm
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