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 Senegal 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 YAGM Senegal Country Program
YAGM volunteers in Senegal serve with either the Lutheran Church of Senegal (ELS) or Senegalese Lutheran Development Services (SLDS), usually in two different departments or jobs. Volunteers placed with ELS accompany churchwide staff in administrative work, community visits, parish life and special events. Volunteers placed with SLDS participate in one of many programs including education programs and the Community Credit Union & Microfinance Program. In Linguere, YAGM volunteers staff the Dairy Production and Transformation project and community education programs.
Senegal is the country of Teranga, or extravagant hospitality. Visiting a Senegalese family, you will dine with them around a shared platter, constantly encouraged to eat more. Within a few weeks of arriving in the country, you will be given a Senegalese name, which means you have been proudly claimed by a family and ethnic group. Senegal has a history of peaceful coexistence: Muslims, Christians and traditionalists all live together, often in the same family. At least 20 different ethnic groups maintain close relationships with one another and even enjoy teasing one another, yet they cherish their own identities, languages and traditions. Relationships are the bedrock of life in Senegal. YAGM volunteers live with both Christian and Muslim host families, work with both Christian and Muslim colleagues and are invited to participate in both Christian and Muslim community events. Previous YAGM volunteers have said that this interfaith life has strengthened and broadened their Christian faith while also granting them a deeper understanding of how to live in peace with our neighbors and siblings.
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.