As I explain later in this letter, YAGM asks us to fundraise $4,000 toward our year of service. I am attaching both the Information for Contributors letter (ContributorsInformation KLarsen GCS3161) and the letter from the director of Global Mission(Larsen-letter-to-friends) and the letter from the director of Global Mission. Many of you may have already received a copy of the following letter, but for those who haven’t, here it is!

To my friends and family,

Grace and peace to you from Saint Peter, Minnesota! As a new graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College, I am filled with mixed emotions about my experiences over the past four years and what the future brings. After much prayer and discernment, I have decided to spend next year in service with Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), a year-long service mission with the ELCA. I will be living in Central Europe and I hope to receive more information about my specific site placement later in July. In my work, I will be partnering with the Hungarian Lutheran Church, serving the needs of their ministries. They have many childhood education programs, and also serve the Roma communities in Central Europe, who continue to suffer the effects of systematic and social discrimination.

As I embark on my journey of accompaniment with our brothers and sisters in Central Europe, I ask for your continued support. One way you can support me is sponsoring my “Missionary for a Day” campaign. The ELCA asks us to fundraise $4,000 of the total cost of $11,000 to support a young adult for a year, which is about $35 per day. I am asking for my family and friends to sponsor me for a day that is significant in my life, in the country of Hungary, or in your own life. Suggested days are:

  • March 24 (my birthday), April 17 (anniversary of receiving the call to Central Europe), May 31 (anniversary of college graduation), November 26 (Thanksgiving), November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20 ( Four Sundays of Advent), February 10 (Ash Wednesday)
  • National holidays in Hungary: January 1 (New Year’s Day), March 15 (1848 Revolution), March 27 & 28 (Easter), May 1 (Labor Day), May 16 (Whit Monday), August 20 (St. Stephen’s Day), October 23 (Day of the Republic), December 25 & 26 (Christmas)

If you have a date you would like to sponsor me, let me know and I will include you in my list of sponsors in my monthly newsletters. My contact information is below. Included with this note is a letter from the director of ELCA Global Mission, and the Information for Contributors letter. Checks should be written to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with “YAGM – Kirsten Larsen – GCS3161” in the memo line, enclosed with the bottom portion of the Information for Contributors letter, and mailed to:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

PO Box 1809

Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Thanks to each and every one of you for how you have shaped my life and my faith up to this point, and for your continued prayers and support as I transition into this year of service.