[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Seventeen young adults – including six who will serve for a second year – representing 18 Episcopal Church dioceses are serving as missionaries in the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) for the 2014-2015 term in locales throughout the Anglican Communion.
YASC is a ministry for Episcopal young adults, ages 21 – 30, who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion.
The Rev. David Copley, Mission Personnel Officer, noted that while the day-to-day duties of each placement vary, the experiences of the YASCers are life-changing. “YASC brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community,” he explained.
Each YASCer maintains a blog, detailing their service, reflections and adventures. Elizabeth Boe, Episcopal Church Global Networking Officer and a former YASC volunteer who served in Tanzania, shared that blogs provide an ideal means for connecting with others throughout The Episcopal Church and around the world.
Meet the YASCers
Primarily working in administration, communication, education, and development, the 18 YASC missionaries, their home dioceses, assignments and blog addresses are:
Fred Addy, Diocese of Dallas
Fred is serving with the Hogar Escuela in Heredia, in the Diocese of Costa Rica. His blog is here.
Joey Anderson, Diocese of Massachusetts and Diocese of Missouri
Joey is serving at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan. His blog is here.
Will Bryant, Diocese of Western North Carolina
Will is a second-year YASC missionary, and is serving with the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. His blog ishere.
Paul Daniels, Diocese of North Carolina
Paul is a second-year YASC missionary, and is continuing his ministry with the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. George in Grahamstown, South Africa. His blog is here.
Justin Davis, Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southern Virginia
Justin is serving with the Mission to Seafarers in Hong Kong. His blog is here.
Elizabeth Duque Echeverry, Diocese of Colombia
Elizabeth is serving with Agape Care and Counselling in the Diocese of Maseno West, Kenya. Her blog is here.
Maurice Dyer, Diocese of El Camino Real
Maurice is a second-year YASC missionary, and is serving with the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, South Africa. His blog is here.
Carolyn Hockey, Diocese of Ohio
Carolyn is working in the Anglican Church of Burundi’s Provincial Office in Bujumbura. Her blog is here.
David Holton, Diocese of New York
David is teaching at Easter College in Baguio City in the Diocese of North Central Philippines. His blog is here.
Kirsten Lowell, Diocese of Maine
Kirsten is serving as an administrative assistant in charge of special projects in the Diocese of Uruguay. Her blog is here.
Willie Lutes, Diocese of South Dakota
Willie serving a communications assistant with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa Environmental Network and Anglican Communion Environmental Network in Cape Town, South Africa. His blog is here.
Kayla Massey, Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Kayla is serving with the E-Care Center in Halsema in the Diocese of North Central Philippines. Her blog is here.
Rachel McDaniel, Diocese of West Tennessee
Rachel is serving with women’s and children’s ministries in the Diocese of Southwestern Brazil. Her blog is here.
Hannah Perls, Diocese of Olympia
Hannah is a second-year YASC missionary, and is continuing her ministry with Foundation Cristosal in El Salvador. Her blog is here.
Carlin Van Schaik, Diocese of Northwest Texas
Carlin is a second-year YASC missionary, and is serving with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines. Her blog is here.
Alan Yarborough, Diocese of Upper South Carolina and Diocese of Western North Carolina
Alan is a second-year YASC missionary, and is continuing his economic and community development ministry in Cange, Haiti. His blog is here.
Ryan Zavacky, Diocese of Eastern Michigan
Ryan is teaching at the Holy Cross School in Grahamstown, South Africa. His blog ishere.
All the blogs are here.