Randi Talsma 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.
Randi is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the United States, where she is now a member of the Ransom Church, a congregation of the Wesleyan Church, although she grew up in a Baptist church called The Point is to Serve. She has studied graphic design at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls and has worked in retailing and at a call center.
A sense of a personal relationship with God through Jesus became real for Randi in church camp, but she faced a struggle later when repressed memories of childhood abuse resurfaced: “I was so angry at everyone who so much as looked at me, and I think I was most mad at God for letting it happen.” A ministry called Restore at her home church helped her to deal with the pain and hurt. “I learned that never once has Jesus ever left my side.”
Her early experience in the Point is to Serve church instilled in Randi a sense of mission, including mission trips and serving at church dinners. She felt an urgency to be doing and showing the love of Christ. “I have always loved the book of Acts,” Randi says. “Paul’s transformation and where he goes from there is amazing and so encouraging. He went everywhere he could sharing the Good News. I often feel like a modern-day Paul.”
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