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ELCA Global Links

“I just feel so lucky to be in a position where I have such a wide array of activities. Every week looks a little bit different.”

—Ann Emilie Tjorhom, Young Adult in Global Mission in Argentina

In a new video update, Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer Ann Emilie Tjorhom shares a snapshot of the ministries she’s been involved with in Argentina, from teaching English classes to working with an addiction program. Watch her video to learn more about her experience, then prompt a young adult you know to apply for an international service year with YAGM.

Don’t miss the deadline! YAGM applications are due Jan. 15, 2020, for priority consideration, with a final deadline of Feb. 15, 2020. If you’re a young adult aged 21 to 29, you should think about applying. There are opportunities in 10 country programs around the world, with areas of interest ranging from education to environmental justice. You’ll learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as you walk alongside global church companions.


Global Mission trip to Tanzania and Rwanda On a Global Mission immersion trip to Tanzania and Rwanda, travelers witnessed the power of accompaniment in action. They met global companions, missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers. The Lutheran Church of Rwanda celebrated its 25th-anniversary jubilee, a joyous occasion, and visitors participated in Umuganda, Rwanda’s community service day. In Tanzania, the group met Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson, the ELCA’s longest-serving missionaries, and Dr. Steven and Bethany Friberg, who've been serving for 25 years in Ketumbeine. View photos from the trip here.

Meet the LWF delegation of climate activists at COP25 Six young climate activists from Lutheran churches around the globe went to Madrid this month to represent the Lutheran World Federation at COP25, the United Nations climate change conference. Get to know the delegates and learn why they work for climate justice. Read the article here.

A beautiful gift to slip under the Christmas tree There’s still time to give a gift in honor of your friends or loved ones this Christmas! Through ELCA Good Gifts, you can choose from 50 charitable gifts that will make a global impact — from a goat to a piglet to a simple water well. It’s easy to make your gift online and personalize a card to print or email. Give a gift through ELCA Good Gifts here.

Sensing a call to global service? The ELCA has multiple positions open around the world! Current openings include English-language educators, seminary professors, medical professionals and more. Explore and apply here.

International Women Leaders Endowment Fund An endowment fund was recently launched to ensure the sustainability of our new and important ministry of International Women Leaders. We are excited about this new opportunity to invest in women’s education alongside our global companions. To donate to the fund, visit the Global Mission donation page and select “International Women Leaders Endowment Fund” from the drop-down menu.

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