Amanda Howe is a missionary of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries serving as a Church and Community Worker in the East Central District of the Florida Annual Conference.
Church and Community Workers are assigned to urban and rural areas with significant numbers of persons and families on the economic margins.
The Church and Community Connection of the district covers a range of ministries dealing with hunger, homelessness, immigration, and public safety. Based in Orlando, the connection includes two other urban centers, Deltona and Daytona Beach, as well as rural communities. Tourism is the major industry, but the area still has significant agricultural production.
One particular objective of the ministry is eradication of childhood hunger. It aims to establish five new feeding sites each year. This work is done in collaboration with the Florida Partnership to End Childhood Hunger and the Florida Annual Conference.
Amanda grew up in rural Virginia, where her father, the Rev. Harry Howe, is a Church and Community Worker based in Marion. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from Radford University, Radford, Virginia.
She became an AmeriCorps member working with the American Red Cross, first serving in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. After that she served in Alaska with the Juneau School District focusing on health and nutrition education for children. She returned to Massachusetts in 2007, and until the fall of 2012 worked with Barnstable County as a staff member with the AmeriCorps program there doing work with environmental, housing, and disaster initiatives. She is a member of the Orleans United Methodist Church in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Growing up as a missionary’s daughter, Amanda says, gave her many opportunities to express her faith through service. Her work with AmeriCorps and in Barnstable gave her experience in the areas of health education, affordable housing, and disaster preparedness and response. She has gone through the training program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and is certified in CPR and basic chainsaw use.
Amanda says that she thought about entering mission service right out of college, but “decided to take some time to strengthen my abilities so that I could better assist others.” She also prepared through prayer, reflection, and dialogue with family and friends.
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