Young Adults Head to the Philippines for Missionary Training and Commissioning
This week, 42 young adults from 11 countries have gathered in the Philippines to get ready for service as Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellows.
On July 19, 2014, they will respond to God’s call on their life when they are commissioned by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. They will be sent to serve for two years with organizations in 15 countries, sharing God’s love through acts of mercy and piety.
In preparation, they are spending three weeks being trained by mission staff — engaging in prophetic, vocational exploration while living together in a faith community. This year, the training will coincide with The United Methodist Church’s Global Young People Convocation. The fellows will participate in the convocation as non-voting delegates and will be commissioned in Tagaytay, Philippines, as part of the Convocation.
The 2014 Global Mission Fellows class represents a transition for the young adult missionary program that builds on aspects of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Like the US-2 and Mission Intern programs, the Global Mission Fellows program is a leadership development and mission service opportunity that allows young adults ages 20 through 30 to take part in mission and social justice ministries in both international and domestic contexts.
Global Mission Fellows serving internationally will participate in a 25-month cycle of service — nearly two years in an international setting with two-and-a-half months in their home context. Global Mission Fellows serving within their home country will engage in service for two years with United Methodist partner organizations.
Some of the Global Mission Fellows US-2 will be serving through a new affiliate community. Young adults will serve in groups of three to 12 in a single local affiliate site, encouraging a deeper level of intentional community and discipleship through a shared rule of life. The Fellows will also benefit from the support of personal mentors; another innovation of the new program model.
The six new affiliate offices recruit and oversee daily work sites, supervisors, mentors and other volunteers, and ensure a strong link to local UMC congregations. The charter group of Global Mission Fellows US-2 Program Affiliates includes Seattle District of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, Office of Mission of the Oklahoma Annual Conference, Detroit Annual Conference, Mobile District of the Alabama Annual Conference, Servant Community of the Wisconsin Annual Conference and the Central Methodist University in the Missouri Annual Conference.
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Annual Conference, who is the president of Global Ministries, will preach at the service on July 19 at 8 a.m. local time (July 18 at 8 p.m. ET). United Methodists and friends are invited to watch the commissioning live at www.umcmission.org/live and share messages of encouragement. Follow @umcmissionGT on Twitter for training and commissioning updates.
Please keep these young adults in prayer along with the communities they will serve. Financial support can be made through their individual bio pages or through The Advance #13105z.
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Learn more about Generation Transformation at www.umcmission.org/gt or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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