Bryan Lester's Personal Page
Hey y'all! Thank you for coming to my page to learn a little bit more about me, as well as a little bit more of the program I will be participating in next year!
I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted the opportunity to serve as a Young Adult in Global Mission volunteer in central Mexico starting in August. I will be one of more than 90 young adults serving on behalf of the ELCA in 11 different country programs around the world!
As part of accepting this call, I am asked to raise at least $5,000. Please help me reach my goal by supporting my fundraising efforts with a donation today. Through your donation, you join me on this journey as I grow in my own faith and walk in partnership with our global companions. I am thrilled to think about the ways in which this year will form and transform me.
Who are you supporting?
This past spring, I graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill with a degree in Psychology, and minors in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology. Through a very busy few years at UNC, chocked full of sporting events, dinners with friends, late night study sessions, and endless learning, I devoted a lot of my free time to the Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNC. This group opened up my eyes to the opportunities within my undergraduate career (like working at Camp Agape after my freshman year) as well as the world that would be opened to me after my undergraduate career had concluded. I first heard about YAGM when an alumni of the program came to speak at LCM my freshman year, and then a friend from LCM participated in the program the following year. While I had never considered a year abroad, I know that I will experience great growth personally through challenging myself to live amongst a community different from the one I am so comfortable with.
Thank you for joining me in this journey, and supporting me through financial gifts as well as prayers throughout the upcoming year.
Where will Bryan be serving?
I have been called to serve in central Mexico next year. Specifically, I will be living in Tlaxcala, which is east of Mexico City. I will be living with a host family whom I am excited to meet in Tlaxcala; however, I will work in a nearby city called Apizaco. I will be volunteering in a migrant shelter located on the route of La Bestia, which is a route taken by Central American migrants passing through Mexico, towards the United States. The short-term shelter serves men, women, and children, offering them room and board, medical attention, clothing, and other essential services. At the shelter, my volunteer duties will vary daily based on the needs of the migrants who are passing through. These tasks may involve cooking, checking in new guests, documenting migrants' stories, and hearing about where they are coming from. This information is obviously just a small taste of what my year will bring, and I hope to be able to share stories and experiences in a blog throughout the year.
About Young Adults in Global Mission
The ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program provides young adults, ages 21-29, the opportunity to grow in their faith and work in partnership with our global companions. 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.
The total cost for one young adult in the program is $15,000. Each young adult is tasked with raising a minimum of $5,000 to help support their year of service. The ELCA commits to raising the additional $10,000 per volunteer through generous congregations and donors. If more than $5,000 in gifts is received, the additional funds will be help to support other young adult volunteers and ensure that there is a sustainable source of revenue for future the Young Adults in Global Mission program.
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