You must be the change you wish to see in the world~
Hello to all!! If you aren't sure who I am, my name is Anastassia Kondratiev...but you can call me Ana for short. This upcoming 2018-2019 year, I am so excited to announce that I will be serving as an ELCA YAGM missionary in the Central Europe! I will be 1 of more than 85 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, which is tax deductable, and I ask you to 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.
If you are unable to donate, I ask for your thoughts and prayers for myself and my fellow YAGMs on our journey.
Follow my journey on my blog here: https://lifeinserbians.home.blog/
For those of you who knew my orginal placement was the UK, no worries, you weren't imagining it. Yes, I (and the rest of my cohort) was orginially supposed to go to the UK, but due to Brexit and a few other technological issues, that is no longer an option for us. Thankfully, the amazing people working with us helped discern a different country for us to serve in.
As I live in Central Europe. for roughly a year, I will be writing newsletters and making blog posts as often as I can so that you may all enjoy this journey with me! As I will be in your thoughts and prayer, you all will be in mine also.
If you haven't already, you might also be wondering what the heck a YAGM is. No, it's not a type of food or funiture item. It's me! ...okay, it's not me exactly. Technically, it's an acronym for Young Adults in Global Mission. See below for more details! :)
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 (← that's where I'll be!!), 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.
Thank you all for you love and support! <3
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