US-2s Complete their Work and Choose to Continue Justice, Service, and Love
This week, three US-2s completed their work as young adult missionaries in the
The US-2s appreciated one another for witnessing and understanding the two-year journey. A common theme of the debriefing was a continual need for honesty and authenticity. They shared the joys and struggles of being a young-adult missionary.
"I just know this is a safe place," Heather Bishop said. Ms. Bishop had been the mission volunteer coordinator at Four Corners Ministry, a Navajo Parish in
Ms. Bishop helped organize volunteer teams who visited the Navajo community to construct or repair homes. Bishop found herself reminding the volunteers that their work was not simply about building homes, but about building relationships with neighbors and friends who lived on the reservation.
Building relationships was also a large part of Amihan Jones' work as she served in mission and ministry at
"You don't' sign up to be a US-2 or a Mission Intern to have an easy life," Ms. Jones said.
Ms. Jones appreciated the "solidarity of having a class (of missionaries). We've all made the sacrifice. We've given up two years of our lives to be totally vulnerable and broken and put back together again."
Originally from Southwest Texas, Ms. Jones will continue her life of service as she travels to
Amanda Thrasher traveled from
Ms. Thrasher will continue working part-time at Hagar's House, providing hospitality, stability, and a safe place for those who have experienced instability. She will teach instrumental music part-time for a year, at which time Ms. Thrasher plans to study physics at the graduate level.
Ms. Thrasher saw the debriefing in
Each of the young adult missionaries agreed that they would recommend the US-2 experience to other young adults. Although their work required sacrifice, they said, the sacrifice was well worth it. Each felt gratitude for the opportunity to grow in faith and learn firsthand about justice and love.
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