April Marie English is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a financial education associate at the Primavera Foundation in Tucson, Arizona in the Desert Southwest 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.
The Primavera Foundation, started in the 1980s, provides pathways out of poverty through housing ministries, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. It hones skills for financial literacy, homeownership, mortgage issues, and the addressing of community issues. One objective is to help persons build futures in which all are assured basic human rights, livable incomes, and safe, affordable housing.
April was commissioned in August 2012 and initially served with the CLAVES Program of Youth for Christ Uruguay in Montevideo. CLAVES (“KEY”) is a program that seeks to promote caring interactions and prevent mistreatment of persons within the culture at large. It involves a range of activities, including a youth center.
Born in Corsicana, Texas, April has most recently lived in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Covenant Church in Carrollton. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, and a Master of Church Ministries from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has work experience with the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick, Maryland, the Perkins Youth School of Theology, and the Wilkinson Center, a social service facility in Dallas.
April grew up in Baptist, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches, which left with her a sense that women cannot hold certain positions in the church. She did eventually meet a female elder who became a mentor and broadened her vision about ministry. Her seminary experience at Perkins helped her to understand diversities of theological opinion, and to learn from those who may disagree with her.
Her call to mission came during a trip to South Africa organized by Perkins School of Theology. “The purpose of the trip,” she says, “was to look at how the church was essential before, during, and after apartheid.…It was during this trip that I saw an opportunity to work with youth in an international setting, and thus began my call to mission.” This call was underscored by a later mission trip to El Salvador.
: North Texas Annual Conference
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