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The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service.

For the next year, Central is sponsoring two young adults in global mission. They each will write newsletters periodically throughout the year, updating us on their experiences from their respective locations. See their letters of introduction below.

Lauren Elwell

I am from Duluth and am serving in Madagascar. I’m thrilled to share that I will be living in Toliara (Too-lee-ah), a city on the southwest coast of the country! There, I’ll primarily be serving at a Women’s Center (AFILIFITO) and community center, teaching English and getting involved in children vocational classes. Also, I’ll be working at the Lutheran Primary School, Secondary School, and Blind School teaching English and interacting with the kids through clubs. Lastly, I’m excited to, if possible, be volunteering and teaching English at the SALFA clinic in Toliara with the maternity department!!

Casey Haffield

I’m 22 and I graduated in May from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I studied social work, and though I’m not totally sure what I want to do career-wise after my YAGM year, it will most likely be in the realm of social services. I grew up in Bloomington, and went to middle school and high school at Minnehaha Academy. I grew up going Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis, and still attend church there when I’m home. In my free time, I love to read, run, hike, and spend time with family and friends. I look forward to getting to know you more!


ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Support

Lauren Elwell – serving in Madagascar, from Duluth, MN.
Lauren’s blog
September newsletter
November newsletter
January newsletter
March newsletter

Casey Haffield – serving in Senegal, from Bloomington, MN.
Casey’s blog
September newsletter
November newsletter
January newsletter


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