Joining Bishop Peggy Johnson on another global journey next week, this time to India, will be other bishops, led by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference, and a group of youth on the Northeastern Jurisdiction's (NEJ) annual Mission of Peace.
Morgan Orlowski, 15, a lifelong member of Grove UMC in West Chester, will be among that group of 14 youth from around the jurisdiction. They will tour Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Dehli, and Mumbai, visiting youth and adults in Indian churches and civic organizations, and encountering people who share a longing for global peace and understanding.
Morgan raised close to $3,000 for her three-week trip with help from supportive Grove Church members, many of whom purchased photographic calendars she created. The conference also chipped in modest funds to support her travel. This will be her first overseas sojourn, and she's been reading articles and viewing films about India, including its contrasting wealth and poverty.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences," she said, "while learning a lot and seeing how people live, worship and serve God, and how he provides for them in diverse ways." The photography enthusiast has already begun journaling and promises to share her photos with us when she returns.
Morgan, a 10th-grader at Great Valley High School in Malvern, is a Girl Scout who wants to be a nurse or physical therapist someday. She plays softball and volunteers at camps, including a horse farm that provides equestrian therapy for disabled children.
While she's "a little nervous" about this distant journey to an exotic land, her talks with fellow Grove member Madeleine Davitas, who was on the 2014 Mission of Peace to South Africa, have helped her relax and anticipate "a life-changing experience."
The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the NEJ Council on Youth Ministries. Every conference may select up to three youth to share in this experience. Three EPA Conference youth journeyed to South Africa in 2014. More information is available at http://www.nejumc.org/mop.html.