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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^We are grateful for the opportunity to go back to the US and be close to dearly missed family and friends. We are excited for the opportunities of new and challenging work. But we are deeply saddened to leave Colombia, and a piece of our heart will always stay here. Thanks be to God for our wide, wide family. And pray for us as we leave home.
One of the experiences that Mamie and I always go back to as one of the most transformative and life-giving to each of us is our time as Young Adult Volunteers. Of course, we met through the program, so that doesn't hurt! Through one year of service and community living, either in the US or internationally, the YAV program connects young people's passion with the desperate needs of this world. Our time a YAVs has shaped our lives permanently, and for that we are truly grateful. So when I think of the one thing I really can stand behind recommending to a young person looking at who they want to be and how they want to spend their life, their passion, and their calling, I never hesitate to suggest looking at service with the Young Adult Volunteer Program. Are you interested? Do you know someone in your family or church or circle of friends who might crave this type of challenge? Do them a favor, and pass on this invitation. It is a year of service that offers a lifetime of fruit.
Do you want to spend a year (or more) serving in mission and putting your faith into action? Are you interested in a career in non-profit or humanitarian aid? Then apply to be a YAV! The PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer program still has open spots in their domestic sites. The extended due date is next month! May 25. Check it out! http://gamc.pcusa.org/
Well, sort of. Richard and I are in an article in Presbyterians Today -- the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Published 10 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities. Our story is part of one called "Launching Pad to Mission" which highlights some former Young Adult Volunteers and how our experience with that program helped lead us to long-term mission. As we have said before, the Young Adult Volunteer Program was critical in our lives. It changed our direction. It connected us to the church as never before. It opened the world to us and us to the world in ways we never expected. If you know a young woman or man who might be interested, please feel free to put them in touch with us or just send them to the website. The deadline for service in 2012 is January 20th, so there is still time! Okay you crazy kids, now go read even more about us. ;)
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a wonderful resource called the Mission Yearbook that it publishes each year. The Mission Yearbook has a page-a-day format with lectionary readings and 365 stories of mission all over the world in which Presbyterians are actively involved. I still remember receiving a card as a Young Adult Volunteer serving in Guatemala twelve years ago (twelve? ack!) from a group of people I did not know at a church I had never heard of. They noted that as part of their devotions, they followed the Mission Yearbook and had prayed for me (as I appeared on the Guatemala page) and they wished me well. As it happened, the prayer page for Guatemala appeared in August, and I had very recently returned home having finished my year of service. There was no way for that small group of people to known how deeply I needed prayer at that moment, but with all the transitions and "re-entry" shock I was experiencing, their card and prayers could not have been more welcome. I have remained deeply grateful. Well, it turns out that today is Colombia's day. Today is the day that everyone using the Mission Yearbook will learn a little bit about this country and have the chance to pray for leaders here and for us as well. And I could not be more grateful. Just in case you don't have one, we invite you to join in. And thanks, really.
A few of the details of our experiences vary, but we want to echo and pass on our friend Amanda Craft's plugs for upcoming Young Adult opportunities in the PC(USA). Find them attractive? Sign up! Not your demographic? Pass them on! ***** I am a product of young adult ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA). I attribute my ongoing commitment to the PC(USA) in part to: 1) a year-long mission experience with the Young Adult Volunteer Program, 2) serving as a Young Adult Intern for World Mission several years ago, and 3) working with the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program with young adults interested in peacemaking and social justice. Each of these experiences touched me in unique ways and taught me the richness of the church’s ministries and it’s dedication to providing areas for young adults to work through call. And here I am, still serving God and God’s people through the church. I am fortunate and blessed.
So, I wanted to highlight three special opportunities for those young people in your lives. These programs and events are facilitated by the national offices of the Presbyterian Church.Continue on for the opportunities...
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It is very odd to be back in Guatemala after 10 years. I keep looking in the McDonald´s window for Vanessa and thinking of David when I eat eggs and beans. I laugh remembering JBo´s snores at our first retreat, and I recall the jealousy we all felt at how beautifully Gretchen spoke Spanish before we even began language classes. I passed the Merced church in Antigua and thought of Greg´s ¨crazy corn,¨ and mostly I just wanted all the Young Adult Volunteers who were here with me ten years ago to appear and join Richard and me on this next part of our journey.
Gracias a Dios Amanda is here, and on Tuesday we had the chance to see her and meet her precious new son, Ethan Alejandro. She and her husband Omar are living here in Antigua for the next three years as Amanda works with the women´s organization of the Guatemalan Presbyterian Church (like our PW) and Omar works with a medical missions organization.
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Thank you again for your prayers for us. We continue to need support in this transition as well as confidence and patience in language learning. We remain grateful for ur host families who are kind, Cetirizine over the counter, Where can i find Cetirizine online, welcoming, and gracious´; for the PC(USA) which invests such time and money into our mission personnel; always for each of you, buy Cetirizine without prescription. Over the counter Cetirizine, Que Dios les bendiga - Mamie
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