Global Links July 2022

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July 2022
Introducing the New YAGM Volunteers!
New YAGM volunteers (left to right) Quentin Bernhard, Samantha Ojeda, John Christensen and Katie Euscher.

The next group of volunteers for Young Adults in Global Mission is preparing for service! Beginning in August 2022, 24 young adults will walk alongside communities in four country programs:

  • Quentin Bernhard
  • Sol Nadal Diaz
  • Charles Meredith
  • Samuel Susina

  • Kristen Berggren
  • Joanna Holleck
  • Tara Norton
  • Samantha Ojeda
  • Claire Weisner

United Kingdom
  • William Baize
  • Ryan Barnhouse
  • Dylan Brown
  • John Christensen
  • Heather Hufford
  • Gabrielle Irle
  • Shelby Riedman
  • Ethan Roberts

  • Holly Beck
  • Harper Bolz-Weber
  • Sophia Caesar
  • Katie Euscher
  • Cetera Jacobs
  • Britta Koenen
  • Sophia Warnberg

We are excited to welcome new volunteers into the YAGM program after a two-year hiatus. If you would like to learn more about the volunteers and support their journeys, you can give through their fundraising pages. You can also support individual volunteers or the entire YAGM program here.

News Around the World
News Around the World
More than four months after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, fighting continues to intensify and humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate. The United Nations estimates that at least 24 million people — more than half of Ukraine’s population — will need humanitarian assistance in the coming months. In addition to continuing to meet the immediate needs of arriving refugees, our partners in the region support those fleeing the violence in Ukraine and provide assistance in psychosocial care, pastoral care, housing, job searches, language study, school admission, legal services, cash assistance and other key integration support for individuals and families.

Read the full, updated situation report on the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.

Mission Personnel
Mission Personnel Reflection
Mytch Dorvilier, YAGM country coordinator in Senegal.

Along with the next group of YAGM volunteers, four new YAGM country coordinators are entering service:
  • Jessica Geroux — Argentina/Uruguay.
  • Jordan and Adam Miller-Stubbendick — Jerusalem and the West Bank.
  • Mytch Dorvilier — Senegal.

YAGM’s partner program Time for God will continue to steward the United Kingdom volunteers.

We pray for Jessica, Jordan, Adam and Mytch as they help guide the incoming volunteers and deepen relationships with our siblings in Christ around the world.

Support Global Mission personnel here.

Get Involved

  • If you missed the celebration for the 2022 graduating class of International Women Leaders, you can still watch it online! The full program is now available on YouTube.
  • The ELCA Sanctuary Discernment Guide, developed by the ELCA’s AMMPARO program in partnership with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, is a new curriculum for congregations that wish to engage in ministry with migrants and work toward immigrant and refugee justice. Download the guide here.
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