Left to right are recently commissioned Global Mission Fellows
Marcharkelti McKenzie, Hye-In Lee, Connor Kenaston, Krystal Norman,
Paola Ferro, Alyson McCoy, Elfie Grace Tangunan, and Edward White
Mission Service Opportunities through Generation Transformation
Generation Transformation applications are now available for 2015 young adult mission opportunities. Generation Transformation is an initiative of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries offering service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. With three different mission tracks to choose from, Generation Transformation offers a program to fit the mission desires of all who wish to serve. “Generation Transformation is for all who are willing to go, and ready to respond to God’s call,” says Rachel deBos, a mission interpreter for Global Ministries.
(above) Commissioned in Cavite, Philippines, Global Mission Fellows pose on a staircase wearing the prayer shawls they received during the commissioning service this past July. General Secretary Thomas Kemper (second row, center with blue tie) spoke with them for about an hour after their commissioning to answer any questions they had. Photo: Melissa Hinnen
Generation Transformation is a movement of young adults using their faith to address injustice and work for systemic change around the world. It is often said that United Methodist missionaries go “from everywhere to everywhere,” making Generation Transformation truly a global initiative.
“Global Ministries is committed to offering mission service opportunities for young people all around the globe,” says Judy Y. Chung, who leads missionary services. “As young people are mobilized to serve in mission, integrating faith and justice, the movement will inspire and transform the world.”
Three different programs offer a variety of options for young adults who are interested in missionary service:
- Global Mission Fellows sends young adults ages 20-30 out of their home context for two years of mission service. This is a faith- and justice-centered opportunity that grew out of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs. The Global Mission Fellows aim to engage with local communities, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness. “The program’s revised structure will better reflect the Global Ministries mission to ‘connect the church in mission,’” writes Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee, the program’s executive secretary. “Local United Methodist leaders — lay leaders, pastors, missionaries and/or campus ministers — will provide mentorship and support, helping Fellows navigate opportunities and challenges that arise when pursuing a life of mission.” Learn more about this program at www.umcmission.org/gmf.
- Global Justice Volunteers is a short-term service opportunity for young adults ages 18-30. Small teams of volunteers spend 10 weeks during June, July and August exploring the links between faith and social justice. They work with grassroots organizations around the world. Learn more about this program at www.umcmission.org/gjv. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.
- Individual Volunteers offers individuals and couples the flexibility to volunteer for a period of two months to two years. Volunteers serve at placement sites all over the world, including the United States. Every effort is made to accommodate placement preferences. Learn more about this program at www.umcmission.org/individualvolunteers. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Generation Transformation is changing the world one young adult missionary at a time. Service applications for 2015 are now available. The priority date for submission is Oct. 15. If you’re a young adult committed to working for justice through faith, or know someone who is, you’re encouraged to apply now and share these opportunities throughout your network! These programs develop strong young leaders who are committed to building just communities and a peaceful world.
Learn more about Generation Transformation at www.umcmission.org/GT or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @umcmissionGT on Twitter for program updates. Please keep these young adults in prayer along with the communities they will serve. Financial support can be made through Advance #13105Z.
Media contact: Melissa Hinnen, Director of Content & Public information, email@example.com.