|Global Mission and World Hunger Leadership Gathering in Allentown, PA|
by Beth Walker, Upstate New York Synod Global Mission Team
Nan Bader, Pastor Marsha Irmer, and Beth Walker represented the Upstate New York Synod at the Region 7 Global Mission and World Hunger Leadership gathering in Allentown, PA on October 12 and 13. These representatives were able to share the involvement of our synod in Global Mission and World Hunger with others in Region 7 and listen to the stories of connection and accompaniment from other synods. Especially inspiring was the presentation and conversation with Andrew Steele, a returned Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) from S. Africa. Andrew's stories of immersion in a culture outside of his own and how his stories and the stories of those he met overlapped within God's story highlighted the mission of YAGM and opportunities for young adults within the Lutheran church.
LYO and youth leaders are encouraged to download and view Andrew's PowerPoint to use as springboard for conversations about accompaniment, cultural differences, or an understanding of the YAGM program. The Upstate New York Synod has a YAGM in the Jerusalem/West Bank! Courtney Weller has a blogspot that is humorous and enlightening to read. She also has a newsletter which will address questions posted on her blog. You can support Courtney through your comments on her blog, questions, and prayer!
Links related to Global Mission, World Hunger, and YAGM
http://elcaworldhunger.ning.com/ - The Table is "a gathering place for those working with ELCA World Hunger to find ideas, connections, and inspiration."
http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Three-Expressions/Churchwide-Organization/Global-Mission/Engage-in-Global-Mission/Global-Service/Basics-of-Global-Service/Young-Adults.aspx is the website for ELCA YAGM specific information
http://www.facebook.com/ELCAYAGM Young Adults in Global Mission Facebook page
http://wandering-gnome.blogspot.com/ Courtney Weller's blog - a must for all youth groups to see!