March 2, 2015

On our radar

Written by  EMM staff
YES team member Juston Wolgemuth, right, talks with long-term EMM worker Mike Lotvola during an outreach in Moldova. YES team member Juston Wolgemuth, right, talks with long-term EMM worker Mike Lotvola during an outreach in Moldova. Photo provided by Juston Wolgemuth.

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EMM sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years in 2014. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church in inner city Baltimore.

Team members Esther Choi, Evan Courtney, Brianna Maust and team leader Maria Nissley are tutoring students and helping teachers at Mt. Clare Christian School three days a week and teaching English to immigrants in a local church facility. Team members are also meeting neighbors, getting to know them, and praying with them.

Glenn Kauffman, bishop of the Baltimore-Washington District of Lancaster Mennonite Conference, contacted EMM about sending a YES team to Baltimore. Kauffman had extensive experience hosting YES teams in Hong Kong when he served as an EMM missionary there.

“Glenn had a vision to push out in ministry into new areas of Baltimore and he saw how a YES team could be part of that,” said Troy Landis, discipleship coach at EMM.

“I’m really excited about this team serving in the U.S.,” said Troy. “This generation of young people has a call to serve locally even as they connect globally. Urban areas are appealing to them, and those are the areas on our radar for future YES team locations.” 

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