This year there are three Young Adults in Global Mission serving around the world from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. This is part three of our three part series on their ministry.

See Part One 

See Part Two

About Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.

A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites volunteers into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all.

Southeastern Iowa YAGM, Meridyth Bates

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Originally from Kalona, Meridyth attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport while she was a student at St. Ambrose University in the Quad Cities.  She graduated with a degree in nursing in May of 2015.

This year she is serving in Tulear, Madagascar working as a maternity nurse in a Lutheran hospital. She’ll also be serving alongside a local congregation, participating in choirs and helping with English language clubs.

Meridyth notes that she ultimately decided that YAGM was right for her because “I like the idea of accompaniment that YAGM has, and walking alongside the Malagsy people rather than entering in an attitude of “saving.”

Prayer requests for travel safety, host community and church, and that God would bridge the gap between Meridyth and her host community.

You can keep up with her travels and ministry on her blog: