Mary Elizabeth Hooke Quashie is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in August 2017.
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.
Elizabeth is from North Carolina, recently living in South Korea, and is a member of Asbury United Methodist Church of Durham in the North Carolina Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has worked as a full--time teacher, human rights field organizer for The Haiti Initiative, and ambassador and program manager for Women at Risk International.
Elizabeth’s faith journey, she says, is less about how she came to Jesus and more about how Jesus came to her especially through a series of family crises that marked her growth from childhood through adolescence. “I have at different points wondered just how far God’s love could truly go. I’ve wondered at what point God would simply decide ‘enough is enough’ and finally give up on me. But I have come to learn that God really means it when he says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
She comes to mission service with the assurance that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ, a conviction confirmed by her participation in efforts to fight human trafficking in the Caribbean and Asia, as well as through volunteer work with refugees from North Korea. “God has been molding and shaping my heart and my hands to look more like his. My hands have become rougher and my heart softer.”
Elizabeth is married to Marc Cedric Quashie.
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