Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) Blogs

A Year of Service

Diakonia—by Mary Kate Bevel (YAV alum)

A month ago I was sitting at a table discussing service projects with young adults from around the world at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba. The day before, I arrived in Havana during a tropical storm and learned I was the only person from the United States at the International Youth Seminar… Read more »

Reflections from My Year—By Tisha Mason (YAV Alum)

To be called by God means to do what seems impossible: willingly step outside of one’s comfort zone for the betterment of all humanity. Comfort zone: a state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and in control of their environment. When God calls the prophet they are commanded… Read more »

Discernment and the Unknown

by Anna Leigh Keith (YAV alum, New Orleans, 2013-14) When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a professional golfer. I tacked up posters of Lorena Ochoa and the UGA women’s golf team on my walls and would practice putt-ing drills on my bedroom carpet when there wasn’t enough sun and light to be… Read more »

Ashes to Life

by Essie Reinke (Northern Ireland, 2013-14) Each year, as the season of spring begins and the cold nights of winter pass, I become aware of the wilderness that has been growing around me; The wilderness of busyness that I use to stay occupied; The wilderness of relationships that sustain, drain, or remind me of just… Read more »

Following Christ

by Rachel Potts-Wells (India, 2011-12)  Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good… Read more »

On Being Faithful and Accountable

by Stephanie Quintana Martínez (Tucson, ’12-’13) Dear YAV class of 2016, Greetings from New York City! Over the last couple of weeks, I have felt so many feelings and done a variety of things as I attempt to make sense of the world around me. From writing papers at Union Theological Seminary to protesting immigration raids… Read more »

For Where You Are & Where You Aren’t, Yet…

In international education and intercultural training, we always talk about the W-Curve. The Curve illustrates the ups and downs that one experiences during the culture shock of being in a new situation. Most of the time, I think the W-Curve is a load of bologna. There’s no one-size-fits-all illustration of how we will react to… Read more »

Times They are a-Changin’

“Keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again…for the times they are a-changin’”             – Bob Dylan I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving a little more than usual this year. Now I live back in the West where I grew up, this will be the first Thanksgiving since before I served as a YAV that… Read more »