Pilgrim in Mission | July 23–31, 2019 | Contribution | Young Adults (ages 18‒35)
The United Church of Canada is seeking two young adults (ages 18‒35) representing the broad diversity of the church to participate in the Caribbean and North American Council for Mission (CANACOM)’s Young Adults in Mission Work Camp 2019. The Work Camp will be held from July 23–31, 2019, and hosted by CANACOM member the United Protestant Church, at Emaus, Soto, Curaçao. Its theme is “What does the Lord require of me?” and will bring into focus CANACOM’s four mission priorities: Church Growth and Renewal, Gender and Violence, Poverty and Inequality, and Human Trafficking.
This is a Pilgrims in Mission opportunity offered through the United Church’s People in Partnership program.
Youth Adults in Mission, YAM, is an intercultural, interracial group of young adults learning partnership in God’s mission together through formal discussions, field trips, spiritual introspection, and manual labour.
YAM has a five-fold purpose:
- To lead youth/young adults into becoming more aware of God’s presence in their lives and so to be more open to God’s guidance.
- To provide an experience that enables participants to be living links within a regional and worldwide fellowship while remaining rooted in a local context.
- To provide exposure to mission issues that will lead each participant to a deeper and more creative involvement in their own local congregation, community, and national church.
- To provide an opportunity for Christian young people to awaken their interest in and response to the mission of Christ; and to be exposed to ways of bearing witness that are biblically valid, culturally relevant, creative, and practical.
- To share information on CANACOM’s mission perspective, priorities, and programs in order that youth/young adults may identify ways in which they can play a greater role in these.
The character of the work camp will unfold over two weeks as follows:
- Days 1‒3 will involve participants learning and sharing about each other, Christ’s church in the world, and the life and culture of Curaçao. There will be good opportunity to deepen an understanding and appreciation of mission through different perspectives, viz: the individual, CANACOM, and the United Protestant Church.
- Days 4‒11 will find the participants engaged in manual work on various projects during the day and returning to the campsite at night. The entire camp will be enriched by the ongoing cultural exchange and time for personal reflection. The first weekend will be spent in the homes of families of the United Protestant Church.
- Days 12‒13 will be spent reflecting on the work camp and sharing the ways in which some of the experiences gained at YAM will be applied to projects in their churches.
Each individual will be asked to make a contribution of $300, which can be a combination of personal and community contributions and grants. Up to $300 of this contribution can be applied for through the Continuing Education Bursaries through the Vision Fund. The balance of costs (travel costs, and flight, insurance, and in-country costs) to be provided by the General Council Office and its CANACOM partner.
People in Partnership believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in their programs. If the cost of an opportunity is too much of an obstacle, please contact us at pip [at] united-church.ca.
- United Church of Canada‒engaged young adults (18‒35)
- Demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, The United Church of Canada (locally, regionall, and/or nationally)
- Knowledge and interest in Caribbean churches and context, and desire to learn more
- Willingness to share stories and experiences with global partners and to learn from their context and stories
- Commitment and capacity to speak to United Church and community groups about the experience and its impact on their faith journey
- Interest in developing connection with CANACOM and continuing to live out partnership with CANACOM through future meetings
- Commitment to follow up and work in some area of the church or community after their return from the work camp
- Hold a valid Canadian passport that does not expire before February 2020
- Written piece (about 400 words) summarizing the experience, with five hi-resolution photos and/or alternate communications to share the experience as developed with PIP staff
- Speaking engagements to United Church communities of faith about the experience and participation in development of a video. People in Partnership will include you on their posted Speakers List.
- To carry out specific actions with your church and/or community upon return with the support of your local support team
- Develop a connection with CANACOM that can be further developed through future participation in CANACOM events and meetings. We are hopeful that one of the selected participants could later serve as a regional delegate with CANACOM.