Oklahoman Goes to YASC

Oklahoman Goes to YASC


Mitchel Bibelheimer grew up very active in Grace, Muskogee, and was consistently dedicated to church camp at St. Crispin’s. He recently graduated from Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!) with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business. He spent this summer as the Head Counselor at St. Crispin’s Summer Camp, and will soon be leaving for a year of volunteer service through Young Adult Service Corps in the Philippines!

The Young Adult Service Corps is a ministry for young adults who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. YASC brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community, while bringing the gifts and resources of the church into the lives of young adults as they explore their own faith journeys. YASC is open to Episcopalians between the ages of 21 and 30, with a group size of generally 15-20 each year. Participation in YASC gives a unique opportunity to be in relationship with people from a different culture in a different part of God’s world, a time to help in the discernment process for continued lay and ordained ministry in the church, and a foundation for ongoing work in development-related fields.

He will be representing Grace and the Diocese of Oklahoma by working in the Diocese of Northern Luzon with the E-CARE initiative. This initiative is an awesome program that works with small villages throughout the Philippines to support sustainable economic development. If you would like to learn more about the E-CARE initiative or to follow along with Mitchel's adventures, please follow his blog at: yascmitchel.wordpress.com.

Mitchel says his favorite part of the process is the fundraising expectation for all YASC candidates. This is an opportunity for the parish and diocesan communities to actively participate in mission service by helping raise $10,000 to cover part of the cost to the Episcopal Church. If you have any ideas or ways that you could help Mitchel do this, please contact him by email at: mbibel10@gmail.com

While the Mission Personnel staff will keep in touch, our parishes and diocese should do the same by praying, blog following, and keeping in touch during Mitchel's year of service. Please show your support and share his story with others! YASC is an amazing opportunity that is not talked about enough. There are many who would love to do it but do not know that the opportunity is available to them.


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