Thursday, July 17, 2014

Have You Met Laura?

If you haven't, you're missing out. Meet Laura Kigweba: 

After establishing her spiritual roots in the youth ministry at Collierville UMC in the Memphis Conference, Laura moved across the state to attend college at UT-Chattanooga. Knowing completely that her calling was to missions, she then set out for Washington, DC, where she is now working towards her Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary.

We are so happy to have Laura Kigweba with us for UMVIM SEJ’s Summer Internship Program. Our program encompasses both domestic and international placements, as well as time here in our office. Her domestic placement has her serving with Rev. R.G. Lyons at the 
Community Church Without Walls, part of Urban Ministry, a mission institution of the North Alabama Conference. She was an incredibly important part of the puzzle during our recent Young People in Mission event, where she has served in years past as a member of the Design Team and recently as a young adult representative.

As we speak, Laura is representing the Southeastern Jurisdiction at the General Board of Discipleship’s Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly in the Philippines. As you probably know, a strong typhoon hit the country just as the delegates were arriving. We are so happy to report that everyone is accounted for, safe, and they have moved to new location so that they can continue the important work they have before them. (Check out 
GBOD’s update to learn more about the Convocation and to watch a short video about their experience with Typhoon Rammasun.)

When Laura finishes her summer of service, we will be telling you more about what she experienced this year while in the South and in Asia, so please be on the lookout for a follow-up 
blog post. In the meantime, we would like to ask you to pray for Laura as she works towards completing her internship and her time in seminary. We know the Lord has incredible plans for this bright young woman, and we here at UMVIM, SEJ are honored to be a part of them.

If YOU have a heart for missions and could see yourself as a candidate for our Summer Internship Program, please visit our
Internship Page and take a moment to download the application to learn a little more about the requirements. If you have any questions or would like to speak to us about this opportunity, please contact Executive Director Paulette West.

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