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The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Mission Looks Different: Mission Intern Class of 2012 at Mid-Terms

By Laura Wise*

Mission Intern April English (center in orange) with youth at the El Centro Juvenil Sebastopol in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Mission Intern April English (center in orange) with youth at the El Centro Juvenil Sebastopol in Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo courtesy of April English

If you ask the young adult missionaries from the 2012 mission intern class how they are feeling right now, the collective answer is probably, “I’m not sure.”

For 18 months, they have been serving in different communities around the world, using their faith to propel their work for justice on behalf of the church. Now they are preparing for a year and a half of service in their domestic placement sites. For 12 full days they have been knee deep in mid-term training activities at Stony Point Center in Stony Point, N.Y. There, the staff of Global Ministries helps them process their international experience while preparing for the transition to their domestic assignment.

There are many different feelings in the air. The conversation has taken winding turns from gut-busting laugher, to holding back tears. Mission looks different in action than these young adults imagined it would two years ago, as they were applying for the new Global Mission Fellows program. The scheduled sessions have been an amazing space to discuss the mission experience, but the real magic has happened organically; over lunch, during coffee breaks, or late nights in someone’s room.

So what have these young adults learned in their experiences abroad? When asked the questions, “What was your most meaningful experience during your service?” and “What are you looking forward to in your new assignment?” These mission interns had a lot to say:

Celebrating Ramadan with an interfaith community, and witnessing true religious and cultural acceptance was memorable for me. — Katie Davis

I’m excited to work with college students because it’s a great age group to dig deep and to explore your faith and what that means. — Brad Kenn

My most meaningful moment was the moment when Spanish finally clicked, and I was able to understand what the children I was working with were saying to me. — April English

I’m looking forward to engaging people to change the world. — Christian Zigbuo

I’m excited to join in the peace advocacy work going on in my country, Korea. — "Esther" Kim

It was great learning how to be present in my community. — Whitney Peters

Being able to be in ministry with the rejected, the friendless and the unloved are my most memorable experiences in mission. — Love Daroy

Let’s continue to keep these, and all young adults missionaries in prayer as they continue on to connect our church in mission.

*Laura K. Wise is a mission intern and regular contributor to www.umcmission.org.

Mission Interns

Katelyn Davis

Katie Davis

Celebrating Ramadan with an interfaith community, and witnessing true religious and cultural acceptance was memorable for me.


Brad Kenn

Brad  Kenn

I’m excited to work with college students because it’s a great age group to dig deep and to explore your faith and what that means.


April English
Aprl English

My most meaningful moment was the moment when Spanish finally clicked, and I was able to understand what the children I was working with were saying to me.


Christian Zigbuo

Christian Zigbuo

I’m looking forward to engaging people to change the world.




Ji-Eun Kim (Esther)
"Esther" Kim

I’m excited to join in the peace advocacy work going on in my country, Korea.





Whitney Peters
Whitney Peters
It was great learning how to be present in my community.






Christian Love Daroy
Love Daroy

Being able to be in ministry with the rejected, the friendless and the unloved are my most memorable experiences in mission.