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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 Ben Smith, Rebecca Williams and Kyle Marie Jacobsen to their list of projects for this year.  See how you can help support Ben, Rebecca and Kyle.


Meet Rebecca “Becca” Williams, YAGM to England

You can follow Becca on her blog at

I was born and raised in Tallahassee, Fl. I am a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and have been my whole life.

I attended Florida State University and graduated May 2015 with a degree in Family and Child Science, knowing I wanted to work with kids but not what capacity.

After graduating I went on to do City Year, an AmeriCorps program working with inner-city youth tutoring and mentoring them.

During my YAGM year I will be working with at-risk youth in England.

Through my YAGM year I hope to gain a new perspective. I’ve gone in to this wanting to challenge my idea of what a “mission” is and reworking that definition as my year in England passes

I want to thank you and the Florida Bahamas Synod Global Mission Committee for the generous donation towards my year of service abroad.

Meet Kyle Marie Jacobsen , YAGM to Cambodia

October, 2016 Blog

December 2017 Blog

January, 2017 Blog

April, 2017 Blog

June, 2017 Blog

July, 2017 Blog

Kyle will be blogging about her year at

I moved to Atlanta, GA for college, where I attended Georgia Tech and graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and minor in Spanish. There, I attended the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and was actively involved with Lutheran Campus Ministry- and that was how I learned about YAGM.

This year I will be serving in Cambodia at an NGO called RACHA- Reproductive and Child Health Alliance, which focuses on community health programming, making health care safe, available, accessible, and sustainable. They have a particular emphasis on maternal and child health.

My YAGM year is deeply appealing for its emphasis on accompaniment. I go to Cambodia to become a globally formed and informed young adult. I hope to learn about Cambodia and its culture, as well as to learn about mutuality and how it can be applied in a global context and domestically. I hope I learn more about building relationship and about how God is present and active in this world.

Meet Ben Smith , YAGM to MadagascarBEnSmithYAGM

November, 2016 Blog from Ben

May 2017 Newsletter (Word document will automatically download)

Ben will be sending out a newsletter regularly while in Madagascar.  You are invited to sign up at iJTgduSD23.

I grew up in Vero Beach, Florida where I still live and am a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. In May 2015, I graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. I am interested in eventually working in the fields of international development or disaster response.

Salama! That’s hello in Malagasy, the language of Madagascar.  Madagascar is home to 22 million people, including 3 million Lutherans, and is one of the poorest countries in the world with 80% of the population living on less than $2 a day.

My time in Suriname in 2012, working at an orphanage, impressed upon me the value of serving in the spirit of accompaniment: walking alongside our global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity.

I am currently in Antsirabe, Madagascar at Lovasao, a site co-owned by the Lutheran Church in Madagascar and the Norwegian Mission Society.  My site for the remainder of the year will be in Farafangana, on the south-east coast of Madagascar. I will be living with the Synod President and his family and teaching English at a nearby Lutheran school.