US-2s Share Updates on Their Mission Work
The US-2 class of 2011 gathered in New York for reflection, discussion and renewal. This mid-term event marked the halfway point of their time of service as short-term, young adult missionaries. The nine exceptional young adults were commissioned in August 2011 at the General Board of Global Ministries headquarters in New York. In a presentation, they shared stories of their experiences thus far with Global Ministries' staff.
Matt Roudebush, who started his work with Global Ministries as a Mission Intern in Mongolia, now serves at the Hinton Rural Life Center in southern Appalachia. He talked about learning to live simply.
Working with youth at a community center in Nome, Alaska, Chris Steppe said his job is to plant seeds of faith in young people.
Rachel deBos serves in southern Florida at Project HEAL, an urban ministry supporting Haitian immigrants who have fled the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. Rachel, who is learning Creole, said she has put down roots in the Haitian communities where she works.
“I have been blessed by the kindness of strangers who have turned into friends,” said Stephanie Kimec, who lives in Los Angeles. Working for immigrant rights, she serves on the California-Pacific Annual Conference Immigration Task Force, and works with several local churches through the Echo Park Shalom Ministry.
Brinna Kolitz has a new understanding of what it means to be a family after a year working with the Family Support Network in Billings, Mont.
Serving at Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Marjorie Hurder has done a lot of work at a food pantry. She talked about the reasons why some people become homeless. She also said she has been blessed and inspired by her pastor in Salt Lake.
Alex Larson helps design and teach seminars for the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C. He said he’s learned a lot about the city itself, where racial segregation and poverty exist mere miles from the U.S. Capitol building. His US-2 service has made him more aware of his own unearned privilege.
Will Wilson finds campus ministry in Fargo, N.D. rewarding. He said he was “blown away” by the response last winter of the local Christian community to homeless people. When temperatures dropped below zero, people were in danger of freezing to death on the streets. Churches took turns opening their doors and providing shelter.
Zach Ferguson works with the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis, Tenn. His focus is on a wage theft campaign to make sure workers are paid their due. He is fascinated with the history of Memphis and passionate about his work.
The US-2s thanked the Global Ministries staff and the congregations that have supported them. Read more about these young adults and think about whether a covenant relationship might be right for your church. If one is serving in your area, reach out to offer friendship and hospitality. Thank you for your continued support of the US-2 program.
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