Exploration Interns serve in Ministry With The Poor and make a difference in the lives of many


Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. Earlier this year the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor.

Thanks to North Alabama Conference Ministry with the Poor Team and the support of the North Alabama Annual Conference as a whole the 2017 summer Exploration Internships were a success!

A wonderful group of young adult interns worked with Birmingham-area ministries and shared a community house for ten weeks. The shared stories, laughter, challenges and glory sightings have made a difference in the lives of many who were served by these young people.

The 2017 group included Micah Johnson, Anna May, Kennedy Martin, Tatiana Harrison and Christina Schmitt.

Coordinator for Ministry with the Poor and Conference Director of Missions and Advocacy Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai says, “Thank you East Lake UMC, Restoration Mission and Community Church Without Walls for providing the needed worksites, accommodation, lunches and support to this great ministry."

She adds, “We are looking forward to a great 2018 summer.”

This ministry internship was made possible by the generosity of North Alabama Annual Conference, local churches and individuals. More than $41,000 was given to the 2017 Annual Conference Special Offering to support this initiative.

Rev. Kufarimai adds, “We are thankful for all the support. These young people have shared wonderful stories of how God has begun their vocational journey.”

The internships are already producing fruit as two of the participants are continuing to serve in ministry with the poor. Kennedy Martin has continued to intern at East Lake UMC while attending Birmingham-Southern College. Christina Schmitt is looking forward to exploring Ministry with the Poor in North Alabama after finishing seminary.

2018 QuadW Missional Internship

The Ministry with the Poor Team is now looking forward to the 2018 summer internships. They have developed a partnership with QuadW Missional Internship. The QuadW Missional Internship provides life-changing mission experience to college-age young adults. 2018 sites include Anniston and Birmingham.

Find out more about the Quad W Missional Internship by reading the recent UMNS story “Big grant for missional internships” at www.umc.org/news-and-media/big-grant-for-missional-internships.

For 2018 information and application visit www.quadwmi.org.

The 2017 Exploration Interns included (l to r) Micah Johnson, Anna May, Kennedy Martin, Tatiana Harrison and Christina Schmitt.

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