Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Katelyn J. Davis

Serving At: Workers Defense Project

Location: United States of America, North America

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Katelyn DavisKatelyn (Katie) Davis is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving with the Workers Defense Project in Dallas, Texas, in the North Texas Annual Conference.

Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries.  Young adult mission service through Global Ministries expands participants’ mission vision and offers faith contexts for the use of skills. They integrate faith and justice by learning and working in communities that struggle with poverty and injustice.

Katie was commissioned in August 2012. Her initial placement was with the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants in Hong Kong. Founded in 1984, the mission advances the rights and interests of migrants in a vast area extending from the Pacific Rim to the Middle East. It advocates for fair wages, job security, and an end to the exploitation of immigrants.

In Dallas, Katie works with low-wage and immigrant workers who have suffered workplace abuses, and helps to relate the project to churches and faith-based organizations. The project is part of the Interfaith Worker Justice Network.

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Katie is a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in the Virginia Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her broad work experience includes an academic archiving internship at New York University and an internship with a nonprofit that provides educational training and development services in the Middle East.

Although she grew up in the church, Katie says she struggled with the issues of relying on God for guidance in her life. She graduated from college, she says, without a “next step” plan. A Christmas Eve encounter with a close friend who was also a mission intern put her on the path toward mission service. After a significant amount of prayer, she recognized God’s call to mission. “I believe that our world needs radical social change, and I want to be a part of that change,” she says. “Together, I hope that we can ‘live’ God’s kingdom on earth.”

Katelyn Davis is available for covenant support in the Virginia Annual Conference.

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