I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Interfaith Leadership Studies and minors in Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Services, and Religious Studies from Elizabethtown College in 2019. I was excited to represent Elizabethtown College at the National Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Conference in Chicago for two summers. I also spent a semester studying Maori culture and Dharma Traditions at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Following graduation, I have been a member of the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) with the Presbyterian Church(USA). Due to the pandemic, all of this year’s YAV activities have been virtual. Recently, I attended the United Nations conference by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as a YAV representative. Currently, I am studying the Korean language and culture in preparation for my year abroad.
Why I Want to Serve as a YAV
I believe God has called me to a year of faith-based service in the Republic of Korea. Through the support of family, friends, and my home church, my faith has grown and I am confident that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). This program provides an opportunity for personal growth and vocational discernment. While in Korea on this reverse-mission experience, I hope to learn about the people and the life they lead. My interest in peacebuilding and reconciliation will help me examine ways conflict is perpetuated in South Korea and explore possible solutions. When I return, I will share my experiences with my home church.