My name is Shemiah Curry and I will be leaving for Rwanda in August 2016 ! I am super excited about this new opportunity to serve. Throughout my 11 month journey, I will blog frequently and use social media as much as I can to stay connected. This opportunity is possible through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) via their Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) department.
So a couple of FAQ’s …………..
How did you hear about this opportunity?
I learned about this opportunity through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America which is also my church’s denomination.
What’s the name of the program you are serving with?
I will be serving with the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program.
Where are you staying in Rwanda?
I will be living in Kayonza, Rwanda with a local pastor and his wife. The wife, Jackie, speaks English. The official languages of Rwanda are English, French, and Kinyarwanada.
What will you be doing in Rwanda?
I will be teaching English and working at the local women’s center.
Are you nervous?
I am more excited than nervous. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Are going to Rwanda by yourself?
No, I will be traveling with a group. There are a total of 85 volunteers who accepted the call to serve in 13 different YAGM countries. 5 of the 88 will be serving in Rwanda. Each country also has a Country Coordinator who helps to facilitate the transition to the new country and throughout the entire experience. I have been in constant communication with my country coordinator since April.
When are you leaving?
I complete the bulk of my training August 16-24 in Chicago, IL. During the week of August 25th, we fly to Rwanda.
Are you coming home for holidays?
Unfortunately, no. Plane tickets are very expensive.
How can I help?
You can assist in two ways:
By either purchasing items from my donation list or contributing to my financial campaign. I have a $4000.00 fundraising goal.
This link provides more information about the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission Program and details where all monetary donations go.
Do you have a Donation List?
Yes. All donations can also be sent to my home church:
Shekinah Chapel Lutheran Church, 13800 S. Wabash, Riverdale IL, 60827
I am collecting a 6-month supply of any item with an asterisk (*)
Brands included for additional assistance
• Soap * (Dove)
• Deodorant *( Suave, Dove, Degree)
• Hand Sanitizer*/ Hand wipes
• Sunscreen *
• Bug Spray * (Off)
• Fabric Sheets * (Downy, Bounce, Gain, Tide, Snuggle,etc)
• Shampoo/ Conditioner *( Creme of Nature, Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Shampoo/Conditioner)
• Toothpaste *(Crest, Colgate, Aquafresh, etc)
• Cold Medicine
•Kleenex/ Tissue *
• Feminine Hygiene Products* ( Always, Stayfree, Kotex, Tampax, Playtex)
My folks in the medical field.. if you have access to any of the following:
Cipro (for intestinal bugs)
Imodium, Ibuprofen or Aspirin
Dramamine (for motion sickness)
And I’m not a parent (lol). So if something comes to mind that you think I might need , feel free to add it.
I would like to send a card or care package. Do you have a mailing address?
Yes, I receive a Rwanda mailing address after training. For now, all items can be sent to Shekinah Chapel.
I will be in contact . Monthly blog updates will begin August 2016 . Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers :). I love you all so much !
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