Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

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Whitney L. Peters

Serving At: Hinton Rural Life Center

Location: United States of America, North America

Home Country: United States of America, North America

Whitney PetersWhitney Peters is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving at the Hinton Rural Life Center in Western North Carolina.

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.

Whitney was commissioned in August 2012 and initially served in the areas of communications and volunteer coordination with Acción Médica Cristiana in Nicaragua. Acción Médica Cristiana engages in community health and development among the impoverished of Nicaragua, with an emphasis on women, children, and adolescents.

Hinton Rural Life Center is a United Methodist mission agency that works to build a healthy and effective community of faith. It advocates for the value of small membership churches. It operates primarily in North Carolina’s Clay and Cherokee counties.

Whitney is from McKinney, Texas, where she is a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, is in education. She has work experience as a substitute teacher and interim youth minister.

Her faith journey has been strongly influenced by Chapter 13, Verse 14 of the Gospel of John: “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

“Ever since I first read this scripture, it has constantly resonated with my faith life,” she says. “For me, the scripture calls me to apply my experience and my faith life to my future. Jesus is straightforward. He calls us to do as he did, follow his life.”

Whitney grew up in the church and it was at church camp that she felt a strong sense of the presence of God and a voice saying, “help others.” To her, that was a call to ministry, a sense that is strong today, notably in relation to persons whose cultures differ from hers. “I feel that an important aspect to the Christian faith comes in interacting with, sharing with people who are different from me.

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