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Touched by our young missionaries

ELCA young adults witness to Christ as they serve in eight countries

To send and receive. Those are the two mandates of the ELCA Division for Global Mission. "It is a two-way street--an expansion in understanding from 100 to 150 years ago when missionary work was primarily thought to be a one-way street," says Rafael Malpica-Padilla, the unit's executive director.

One clear example is the unit's Young Adults in Global Mission program, which includes 41 people, aged 19 to 30. That's nearly a third of the 141 new ELCA missionaries deployed in spring and summer 2004. They serve in eight countries: Argentina, Egypt, Germany, India, Kenya, Thailand, United Kingdom and the Ukraine. If you were to visit, you might find a young adult working with church youth, teaching English, volunteering in a shelter, helping refugees or caring for elderly people.


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