Serving this Summer

Jon Galdames-Henry Serving with City Service Mission

At its May meeting, the Missions Committee voted to approve the application for Short-Term Missionary financial support for Jon Galdames-Henry, an active participant and leader in our college-age youth programs and in New Chapel. Jon just finished his junior year at Eastern and his hometown is Fredericksburg, VA where he was involved with the Fairfax Community Church. Jon has been attending Good Samaritan for a number of years, serving in the youth ministry and college ministry for the past two years and will continue as an intern next year. He has been an integral part of the church community, especially at New Chapel.

Last summer, Jon also served with City Service Mission (CSM) in Philadelphia. CSM does not have ministries of its own but links church groups and summer mission groups with Christian ministries already actively serving in the city. Some work is with shelters, food pantry, home improvement projects and many other similar programs in Philadelphia. In this second summer of service (which Jon has already started), he will learning more of the ropes about leadership in these types of programs. In addition to actual hands-on work, he will work in the CSM office to help with scheduling and planning. Jon has a heart for such service and through his experiences he hopes to learn more about the practical and real applications to making change in the city.

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At Eastern, Jon is studying youth ministry and theology. In his application, he highlights asking questions and wrestling with questions as a critical component in his growth as a Christian and as one who wants to be active in serving Christ through serving others. “Both of my majors,” Jon writes, “allow me to continue to ask questions and search for answers. I am fortunate to be surrounded by professors and students who are wrestling with the same questions. This has led to an environment where I am able to thrive and grow in my faith.” The Missions Committee is pleased to be in a position to provide both spiritual and financial support to young people like Jon who want to grow in faith and in their abilities to serve. At the May 20 New Chapel service, Jon will be recognized and receive the blessings and prayer support of our community for his work with CMS.

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