Jerusalem and the West Bank
Pay it forward for Young Adults in Global Mission! Through the #YAGMForward campaign, you can help bolster this ministry at a key moment in its history, paying it forward for the next cohort of volunteers.
Your support is especially needed right now. While YAGM is unable to send volunteers due to COVID-19 this year, the vital work of this program continues as YAGM country coordinators partner with our global companions during a pandemic. We need your help to sustain and strengthen the YAGM program for the present and the future.
Give a gift to Young Adults in Global Mission in honor of the YAGM Jerusalem and the West Bank country program today. Our goal is to raise $15,000, and you can help us get there! Your gifts will help ensure that this church can continue to accompany our companions, uplift leaders and be church for the sake of the world.
About the Jerusalem and the West Bank Country Program
YAGM volunteers in the Jerusalem and the West Bank (JWB) program accompany the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), an Arabic-speaking Palestinian Lutheran church of six congregations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Jordan that serves its local communities with vital educational and social ministries. JWB YAGM volunteers serve primarily in the educational ministries of the ELCJHL, working with English classes at K-12 schools; offering communications support to a university, an education office, a church office or the Environmental Education Center; and connecting with local ELCJHL pastors and congregations. The JWB program offers YAGM volunteers the chance to live and serve in an interfaith context, to explore the Christian call to justice and peacemaking in a challenging political environment, and to explore the land of the Bible through the “living stones” of the people who call it home.
Upon returning home from service in Jerusalem and the West Bank, YAGM volunteers are often able to help others better understand the area’s social context. This relational aspect of the program can be as important as the work we do. The program fosters friendships, builds bridges across communities and improves cross-cultural understanding.
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 and Uruguay, Australia, Central Europe (Hungary and Serbia), Jerusalem and the West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, and the United Kingdom.