Emma L. Kerr-Carpenter of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has been approved for missionary service through the General Board of Global Ministries' Mission Intern program.
Kerr-Carpenter is the daughter of the Rev. Colin Kerr-Carpenter, who serves Federated Church in Orland, California, and the Rev. Kathy Kerr-Carpenter. She has been selected to serve as Social Educator for Shade and Fresh Water Project, Methodist Church of Brazil, in São Paulo, Brazil.
The internship program offers young adults opportunities to engage in mission service, vocational discernment, cross-cultural engagement, and leadership development.
The young adult missionaries were commissioned Aug. 3, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. The commissioning took place within a larger anniversary event, "Celebrating Young Adults in Mission: Living Stones for Transformation," remembering the 60+ years of the US-2 and 35 years of the Mission Intern programs.
In making the announcement, the Rev. Judy Chung, Associate General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism, wrote, "Bishop Brown, we are grateful to you and the California-Nevada Conference for investing in the lives of youth and young adults for mission service.
"We are delighted that a young adult in your episcopal area sought to participate this year in one of the young adult mission service programs.
"We truly believe that through this program, young adults have a unique opportunity, gaining experiences to connect the wider church in mission."
"As Emma begins this journey in missionary service," Chung concluded, "we pray that the churches and individuals in your conference will partner with Emma by supporting her through The Advance and provide financial, spiritual, and emotional support."