Mission Crossroads

SPR 2018

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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Mission Crossroads 5 into the place closest to my heart, into the relationships and practices that make me who I am. at place, my new home in community with other YAVs, is where I discern how God is calling me to live and intentionally use my gifts. rough consciousness about food justice and Christian reflection with my housemates, I am building an intentional Christian home, learning how to be a compassionate and hospitable member of my community, and answering God at my door. W ork is an important part of vocation, but an equally important place to live out my calling is in my new home. My current home as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) is an intentional Christian community in Boston, where my fellow YAVs and I seek to build faithful relationships with each other, with our neighbors and with God. My year of service is teaching me that "being in mission" is a way of living that starts in the place where I eat, rest, reflect and pray with those closest to me. My discernment toward becoming a YAV did not start with God calling me to leave everything and serve in a faraway place. Instead, I heard God asking to be invited into my life and calling me to be intentional about how I live. Becoming a YAV did take me away from where I grew up, but has also given me the opportunity to organize my life around service and ministry. Just as I look to God for guidance when I am at work volunteering, I look to God for guidance when I am at our YAV house, discerning how to spend time and money while building relationships with members of my community. Hardly anything we do at the YAV house is more significant than nourishing and sustaining ourselves by eating. e YAV site in Boston is focused on food justice, the movement to promote equity, sustainability and nutrition in how we produce, distribute and consume our food. My fellow YAVs and I all work for organizations that address root causes of hunger, but we also live out food justice by carefully examining our own eating habits. Our community has been especially built around gathering at a table together and better understanding our relationship to our food system. In my home as a Boston Food Justice YAV, I hear God calling me to make decisions about food that benefit God's people and God's creation. My discernment toward becoming a YAV did not start with God calling me to leave everything and serve in a faraway place. Instead, I heard God asking to be invited into my life and calling me to be intentional about how I live. is year I am finding that my calling is not only about what I do, but also about who I am, what I live for and what matters to me. God asks to be invited Boston Food Justice YAV invites God to the table Intentional living in community makes a house a home away from home Stuart Mapes BE A YAV! Are you discerning God's call? To learn more about the Young Adult Volunteer program or to apply to the program, visit: youngadultvolunteers.org/apply Mary Frances Yeilding A key element of intentional community for Boston YAVs is preparing meals together using locally and ethically sourced ingredients.

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