Beth Ann Kauffman is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church working with the Mission for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong.
Mission interns engage in a 25-month international program that includes 20 months in a foreign placement, two-and-a-half months in training and transition (or itineration), and a final two-and-a-half months in a special project or itineration in their home countries. Interns integrate faith and justice by learning and working in communities that struggle with injustice and suffering. Beth was commissioned in August 2013.
The Mission for Migrant Workers provides guidance and support to migrant workers in distress. It address immediate needs such as food, shelter, and clothing; offers paralegal assistance; and educates migrants about their rights and responsibilities in Hong Kong. Many of the migrant workers in Hong Kong come from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal. Beth serves as a volunteer case officer and provides general staff support.
Beth Ann Kauffman grew up in Texas and has recently lived in Noblesville, Indiana. She is a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, in the Texas Annual Conference. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry and Christian missions from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina.
She worked for three years with the Francis Center for Servant Leadership at Pfeiffer, and was a youth ministry intern in the summer of 2012 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina.
Beth comes from a long line of Christian ministers. Her great grandfather, grandfather, and two great uncles were clergy in the United Church of Christ. She was raised by a father who belonged to the UCC and a Roman Catholic mother who decided she wanted her children to be United Methodists.
“When I was confirmed,” she says, “I knew with every fiber of my being that Jesus Christ was my Lord and Savior and that I wanted to be involved in the church.” She found great support for spiritual questions in her church youth group. At Pfeiffer, a United Methodist school, she became actively involved in youth ministry and mission, taking part in several mission trips, including South Korea and Cuba.
Beth says that growing up in Texas following Hurricane Katrina helped her to realize how easily earthly things can be taken away and how important it is to rely on God and work for social justice in the world.
: Texas Annual Conference
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