I want to take a quick moment to thank you all for the support I have received at the Chapel and to share with you my plans for the next year of my life.
When I came to the Bay Area as part of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) two years ago, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Chapel, and have been so grateful for the community I have found with you all. My two years in Berkeley would not have been the same without the weekly meals, Open Space and services at the Chapel, along with the dear friends I made.
My time in LVC and the Bay Area is coming to a close next month, and from here I will be going to Resistencia, Argentina, as part of a program called Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). As you may know, YAGM is a branch of the ELCA Global Mission geared towards people ages 19-29. This year YAGM is sending 50 volunteers to serve in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Israel-Palestine, Slovakia, Hungary, Southern Africa, and the United Kingdom. I am so excited to be part of this group of incredible young people.
I will spend the next year working at a mission in Resistencia called Misión María Magdalena (MMM), a community consisting primarily of women, children, and teens. The mission will be entering into a time of transition, as their pastor retires and the women of the community take on a more active role in church leadership. I would love your prayers as I accompany the community along this journey.
LVC and the Chapel have both taught me so much about the ways that God and God’s people are working in the world, and I feel so blessed by the opportunity to continue to explore this as a YAGM volunteer in Argentina. If you have any questions or words of wisdom, I would love to hear from you, either at church or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information about YAGM can be found on the ELCA website (www.elca.org/yagm).