Margaret Lohmeyer is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Bridges District of the California-Nevada Annual Conference in the United States. She was commissioned in August 2016.
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.
Global Mission Fellows in the U.S. work through geographic or organizational affiliates, such as the Bridges District. Maggie is a field coordinator for the Jubilee Initiative, which offers fair borrowing alternatives to those most at risk from predatory lending, persons most likely to be African American, Latino, or immigrants. Target areas include the East Bay and the North Bay of the San Francisco area. Local church sponsors tend to be more affluent than their surrounding neighborhoods, and one objective of the initiative is to encourage solidarity with those on the economic margins.
Maggie is from St. Louis, Missouri, where she is a member of The Gathering United Methodist Church in the Missouri Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she has worked in the hospitality and food industries and for the St. Louis Science Center.
“I’ve come to realize that my greatest gift is faith itself,” Maggie says of her faith journey. She also is strongly committed to the power of hope. “Even through my greatest trials, I’m able to find hope and continue to believe that God’s plan for me is greater than anything I could have ever dreamed,” she says.
She first experienced her call to mission through her local church and community. “I never thought I could go outside that little area,” she recalls. But a recurring tug at her heart, first experienced on a mission journey to Mozambique, enlarged the vista. “After returning, I knew that I needed to listen to the call to mission. I have entered on the path in hope and prayer that God will use me to do things far greater than I can imagine,” she says.
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