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Fifteen young 
people will serve as Summer Interns  in United Methodist community centers, 
churches, and institutions during over the summer of 2008.

Fifteen young people will serve as Summer Interns in United Methodist community centers, churches, and institutions during over the summer of 2008.
Image by: Mary Beth Coudal
Source: GBGM Mission News

by Mary Beth Coudal

New York, NY, June 17, 2008--"I hope to gain a new understanding of the world around me and to step outside of my comfort zone in a challenging and rewarding experience," said Summer Intern Melanie Hornbeck from Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Ms. Hornbeck is one of fifteen young people who have embarked upon the summer of a lifetime. The interns will live and serve in United Methodist community centers, churches, and institutions across the United States.

They gathered in New York City during the first week of June to meet and learn about the wide range of work of the General Board of Global Ministries. On June 8, the summer interns set off for their 10-week assignments around the United States.

"They're coming from diverse parts of the country and are going to diverse parts of the country. We're excited about the gifts and graces they bring and the opportunities to engage their faith in mission service--witnessing for peace, justice, and in the name and love of Christ," said the Rev. Edith Gleaves, leader of the Mission Personnel area, Global Ministries.

The new Summer Interns and their places of assignments are as follows:

  • Leolupe "Lupe" Afu from the California-Nevada Conference will work with JFON, Justice for Our Neighbors, in Washington DC, to help immigrants with their myriad legal challenges.

  • Dana Beth Cornett from Eastern Pennsylvania will stand in solidarity with at-risk youth at the David and Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne, California.

  • Mayjean Deem from Virginia will become an instructor at the Asian Women's Resources Center in San Francisco, California. She will mentor the children from the Chinese community who attend the summer program.

  • Hannah DeLoche from the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference will serve at the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She will help empower people who have little income.

  • Matthew Durrance from North Texas will clean up after the hurricane in the Upper Sands Mountain Parish in Sylvania, Alabama. He will help educate community members about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

  • Meredith Faggart from North Carolina will minister to children from the Cherokee community. She will help organize the volunteers who visit Cookson Hills United Methodist Mission in Cookson, Oklahoma.

  • Daphne Fernandez from the Iowa Conference will work with Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) in New York City by helping immigrants as they apply for legal assistance.

  • Elise Francisco from the Greater New Jersey Conference will work with National Farm Workers Ministry in Durham, North Carolina. There she will help immigrant farmers learn their rights and connect farm workers with the church.

  • Nicole Henderson from North Georgia will tutor children in English and recreational activities when she serves at Iglesia Metodista Unida Amor Y Paz in Winchester, Virginia.

  • Melanie Hornbeck of Arkansas, like Ted Wilson, will distribute resources and supplies for the relief efforts of UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.

  • Daniel Landesman from California will work at the Mississippi United Methodist Choctaw Mission. He will coordinate and help in the summer programs for Choctaw children.

  • Charles Loeffler from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference will work at the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Like Hannah DeLoche, he will empower people who are homeless.

  • Elizabeth Sullivan from Pennsylvania will provide hospitality and plan for the cultural festival at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Anna K. Troy from Southwest Texas will work alongside Meredith Faggart with the Cherokee children's ministries and the volunteers who come to Cookson Hills Center United Methodist Mission in Cookson, Oklahoma.

  • Ted Wilson from the Northwest Texas Conference, like Melanie Hornbeck, will distribute resources and supplies for the relief efforts of UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana.

"The goal for the Summer Interns is to be able to engage their faith by addressing social injustices and to witness The United Methodist Church living out its creed of seeking justice, freedom, and peace with those who've been marginalized," said Alycia Capone, a young missionary who works in the office for youth and young adult missionaries.

The mission agency, said Rev. Gleaves, is excited about this class of Summer Interns, the first since 2000. At that time, the mission board changed their priorities to longer-term mission opportunities for young people, such as reviving the Mission Intern program. Mission Interns split their three-year commitment between national and international United Methodist mission and social justice service.

Summer Interns are between the ages of 18 to 25. They have completed at least one year of higher education. In exchange for their short-term mission service, they receive a $1,000 stipend, the cost for travel to and from their place of assignment, and room and board. They will return to New York City the first week in August to debrief on the adventures of their summer in service.

Throughout United Methodism and other Christian denominations, short-term mission trips have enabled young people from one culture to learn alongside people of another culture.

For information on how you can become or support a young adult missionary through the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, visit http://gbgm-umc.org/ .

To see where in the world you could become a mission volunteer, look for volunteer opportunities at http://missionvolunteers.org .


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Topic: GBGM programs Mission opportunities Missionaries United Methodist Church Volunteers Youth
Geographic Region: United States
Source: GBGM Press Releases
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Date posted: Jun 17, 2008