Young Adults in Global Mission

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 19-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, participants are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world. Country programs include Argentina/Uruguay, Central Europe (Hungary), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom.

These young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for the young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith.

A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites the young people into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all.

Applications for the program are due Feb. 15 each year for service beginning that same August. We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together. Come, imagine yourself in the world!

For further information contact YAGM at 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2520 or by email.



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