By Bailey Kimmel, EMC Summer Counselor
This summer the EMC welcomes Bailey Kimmel to the team as a summer counselor! Bailey is a rising senior at Rutgers University where she studies Animal Science and she plans to join the Peace Corps upon graduating. She love all things outdoors especially horseback riding, hiking and sailing. Here's what Bailey has to say about her missional moments from Devon, PA to Tennessee to Guatemala.
I grew up in Devon, Pennsylvania and attended St. David’s Episcopal Church. During my time there I had the privilege of attending 7 different mission trip in and out of the country. Seven years in a row they were the highlight of my summers and I would begin counting down the days until we left months in advanced. And those trips never disappointed.
The people that you travel with or meet once you get there are always the ones to make the trip memorable. On two occasions I learned a great deal about myself and my faith because of the people I met on these adventures. During my trip to Tennessee I met wonderful lady who we were helping that week. During the day small groups of us would go inside and talk to her for a while. On one of these visits she explained to me her relationship with God and how she viewed him as a Father and a Friend. She went on to explain that each night she talked to him, simply telling him about her day what she did, who she saw, what she was thankful for, and what she struggled with. It changed the way I talked to God, and to this day I still tell him everything. The second was a few years later, when I struggled with what I wanted to do with my life. A priest who traveled with us to Guatemala told us of his journey to become who he was and his struggles and questions along the way. He showed me God is always there to guide, and if we put our trust in him we will eventually end up right where we need to be.
It was in those weeks that learned what it meant to be a Christian. What it meant to be loved by God and to show love to the people around me and I this summer hope to spread that to the people I meet in Philadelphia.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA