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 past two years, Central has had the privilege of getting to know and partially supporting two young adults in their year of service under the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. We now welcome Amelia Schurke, serving in Mexico, and Eli Yackel-Juleen, headed for Jerusalem/West Bank.
Amelia, a Maple Grove resident, was headed for Medical College of Wisconsin when she learned about the YAGM program from a friend who was serving in Madagascar. She says, “I prayed, I talked through all my thoughts with mentors and friends, I fasted, I prayed some more, I ran, I ate a lot of donuts, I prayed again, and I decided to apply! It became increasingly clear to me that this was something I felt God was calling me to consider.” Medical school allowed her to defer for a year, and she’s now on her way to Mexico.
Eli is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, headed for a career in education. He looks forward to learning from, living with, and accompanying a community of people whose language, culture, and environment are quite different from his own. His parents, both ELCA pastors, participated in a similar program when they were young adults. With their encouragement, he’s headed for Jerusalem/West Bank.