Jennifer Sushi Au is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Mission for Migrant Workers. She was commissioned in August 2016. She goes by the name “Sushi.”
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Mission for Migrant Workers, a long-time mission partner of Global Ministries, provides guidance and support for migrant workers in distress. It offers emergency assistance, such as housing, food and clothing, and also more extended paralegal services. Many of those helped are domestic workers, where a great many domestic personnel come from other nations, notably the Philippines. Sushi is a case worker who also assists with the overall program.
Sushi is from New York City, where she participates in the Oversea Chinese Mission, a large Chinese American congregation with branches in the New York metropolitan area, Taiwan, and Brazil. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, and a Master of Social Work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work of the City University of New York/Hunter College. She has worked for the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence and for the AIDS Service Center.
Her faith journey has been one of highs and lows—a time of feeling loved and accepted by God and times of feeling rejected. Sushi says she was 18 years old before she understood what it meant to say “God loves us” and that she has found it necessary to repeatedly relearn that reality, coming at last to know she is “protected, chosen, and loved” by God, and given a life to fulfill in mission.
In considering a life in mission, Sushi came to understand that “social justice and Christianity aren’t separate entities; they are intertwined. We cannot share the gospel without talking about Jesus’ ministry on earth. We cannot act justly without God’s redeeming love and power.”
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