Adam Shaw is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a human rights and conflict transformation organizer at the Cal-Pac Immigration Task Force, a ministry of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Adam was commissioned in August 2011. His international placement was with Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao, a network of grassroots organizations promoting peace with justice in a region of the Philippines with a long history of clashes between government entities and workers' rights movements.
In Los Angeles, Adam is working specifically with the Cal-Pac Task Force on the Philippines, which relates closely to the annual conference's focus on peace and justice and to its Board of Church and Society. He engages in community organizing, outreach, and communication.
Adam is from Brunswick, Ohio, where he is a member of the local United Methodist church, a part of the East Ohio Annual Conference. He is the son of the Rev. Thomas and Susan Shaw, who were United Methodist missionaries, first in Tunisia and then in Germany from 1994 through 2003.
Fluent in English, French, and German, Adam holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, one in geosciences and the second in French. During college, he worked as a tutor.
Adam says of his faith journey: "I grew up in the church; my parents were both missionaries, so I tagged along every Sunday to the church that my dad was working with at the time. My faith didn't get its own feet until I was in middle school and was baptized. My faith grew slowly, stagnated even, until my junior year in college when I rediscovered the essence of Christianity and faith."
His sense of mission includes the an awareness that he is "called to trust, fear, worship, and delight in God…I am called to be strong so that I may lend others my strength, to be wise, to guide others, to be humble so I can learn, to be courageous so I can lend my strength to others; to 'set my face like a flint' (Isaiah 50:7) to do the things God has planned for me."
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