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Young Adults in Global Mission


The ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission program provides young adults, ages 21-29, opportunity to grow in their faith and work hand-in-hand with our global companions. Young adults in the program serve in churches, schools and social service ministries. Currently the program is engaged in work in Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe (Hungary), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom.

The ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) program this year includes 2 participants from the Florida Bahamas Synod.  The Global Mission Committee has added support for Kelsey Johnson and Ashley Fyle to their list of projects for this year.  See how you can help support Ashley and Kelsey.

The 2016-2017 YAGM volunteers have returned to the U.S.  If you would like to invite a young adult to your congregation to share about their experience as a Young Adult in Global Mission, please email

The 2017-2018 YAGM volunteers from Florida-Bahamas Synod are introduced below.  Please keep them in your prayers this year!

Download this flyer to help share the stories of these Young Adults with your congregation.


Meet Kelsey Johnson, YAGM to Jerusalem

You can follow Kelsey on her blog at

This year, Kelsey will be serving as a teacher in Jerusalem. “I hope to share my love of literature and composition with students ranging from late elementary to high school age. I am extremely excited for this placement, as it combines my love for English studies with the joy of working with youth.”

Kelsey is from Apollo Beach, and her home congregation is Calvary Lutheran. She spent most of her childhood summers at Luther Springs (ELCA) in Hawthorne Florida. In college, Kelsey served as a counselor at Luther Springs and Lutheridge from 2009-2013. “This year,” Kelsey says, “I anticipate great joy, and great challenges. YAGM is an immersive and transformative experience, and I expect to grow deeply as a person of faith. I am very much looking forward to interacting within a new faith community as well as a new culture.”

You can participate in Kelsey’s ministry with her by supporting her year abroad:

Meet Ashley Fyle , YAGM to Australia

You can follow Ashley on her blog at:

Hello! My name is Ashley Fyle, and I am from a small town called Amery, Wisconsin. I was confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Amery. I recently graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where I played on the Women’s Basketball team. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology.

During my senior year of college, I grew in a passion to serve globally. This is when I first heard about and applied for YAGM. During the application process, I went on a spring break medical service trip to Port Maria, Jamaica. After doing a short week of service, I knew I was making the right decision by applying for YAGM.

Shortly after that, I found out that I would be serving as a YAGM in Australia. I was so excited! It wasn’t until July that I found out I was going to Coolum Beach, Queensland. I will be working at Luther Heights Youth Camp. My work there will include leading team building activities, providing outdoor education experiences for youth, and other ministries. I am so grateful to be called to serve in such an amazing place, and I can’t wait to learn all about my new community.