During a May 3, Hesston College chapel, 41 students and faculty were commissioned for Christian ministry and service for summer and fall placements.
The students will serve around the world in positions from camp counselor to supervisors at disaster sites.
Doing a three-week field experience in Greenbrier County, W.V., with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) are Disaster Management Program students Keegan Cook, Whitewater, Kan.; Luke Husbands, Lancaster, Pa.; John Ebaugh, Holtwood, Pa.; Rebecca Reutzel, Topeka, Kan.; and Angus Siemens, Newton, Kan. Following that placement, Cook, Ebaugh and Reutzel will serve an additional five weeks in Detroit, Mich., and Husbands and Siemens will spend five weeks in Pine Ridge, S.D. Program director Cleo Koop will serve alongside the students.
Disaster Management student, Christy Kauffman, West Liberty, Ohio, will serve with MDS for three weeks on the Pacific island of Saipan, and for six weeks with Ten Thousand Villages in Akron, Pa.
Cleo Koop, director of the Disaster Management Program, will serve as project director with MDS for one month in Greenbrier County, W.V., and for one month in the Pacific island of Saipan.
Cheri Baer, Apple Creek, Ohio, will serve for eight weeks with VBS (Vacation Bible School) on the Road in South Texas.
Nicole Loewen, Hutchinson, Kan., will serve with Converge International Fellowship and Youth for Christ.
Elizabeth Eichelberger, Geneva, Neb., will serve with Youth Venture in Detroit, Mich., through Mennonite Mission Network.
Morgan Leavy, Telford, Pa., will serve as an intern with UrbanPromise in Camden, N.J., as a counselor at one of eight camps throughout the city, and will help direct a play for high school students involved with the organization.
Bailee Nichols-Clary, Wichita, Kan., will work with youth from Park Place Ministry Center, Wichita, at Wheat Slate Camp, Augusta, Kan.
Billy Bass, Yoder, Kan., will support conflict resolution in serving with KIPCore through Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.
Abraham Mateo, Fort Myers, Fla., will serve at Toledo (Ohio) Mennonite Church through the Ministry Inquiry Program.
Gabby Willis, Rusk, Texas, will serve with a week-long Vacation Bible School at her home church.
Jonae Hochstetler, Ogema, Minn., will direct a week-long Vacation Bible School at her home church.
Zach Neely, Ada, Okla., and David Ladwig, Wichita, Kan., will serve for one week with Wayne Simien’s Called to Greatness Camp. Ladwig will also serve three weeks with Legacy Ministries, Inc., Wichita.
John Ruth, Harleysville, Pa., will serve as a mentor at the Souderton (Pa.) Boys and Girls Club.
Malik Ellis, Midlothian, Va., will serve with Foundation Basketball, Midlothian.
Students serving as staff or counselors at camps include:
- Cassidy Bontrager, Wellman, Iowa, at Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Washington, Iowa.
- Sarah Booth, Goessel, Kan., at Camp Mennoscah, Murdock, Kan.
- Desiree Bretado, Whittier, Calif., at Fellowship for Christian Athletes softball camp.
- Rachel Brown, McKinney, Texas, at Shepherd Community Center day camp in Indianapolis, Ind.
- Erin Brubaker, Goessel, Kan., at Drift Creek Mennonite Camp, Lincoln City, Ore.
- Elena Buckwalter, Fulks Run, Va., at Highland Retreat Center, Bergton, Va.
- Renee Buckwalter, Wellman, Iowa, at Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Washington, Iowa.
- Abby Byler, Harrisonburg, Va., at Drift Creek Mennonite Camp, Lincoln City, Ore.
- Silas Driver, Harrisonburg, Va., at Drift Creek Mennonite Camp, Lincoln City, Ore.
- Andre Eanes, Harrisonburg, Va., at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Divide, Colo.
- Chloe McNiel, Valley Center, Kan., at Royal Family Kids Camp at Camp Horizon, Arkansas City, Kan.
- Hannah Miller, Parnell, Iowa, at Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Washington, Iowa.
- Trevor Oyer, Hubbard, Ore., at Drift Creek Mennonite Camp, Lincoln City, Ore.
- Kathryn Roth, Wauseon, Ohio, at Little Eden Camp, Onekama, Mich.
- Shalee Rowley, Colorado Springs, Colo., at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, Divide, Colo.
- Jaelyn Rufenacht, Archbold, Ohio, at Little Eden Camp, Onekama, Mich.
- Janelle Schmucker, Los Fresnos, Texas, at Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Mich.
- Carissa Slabach, Newton, Kan., at Ponca (Ark.) Bible Camp.
- Ally Vogt, Hesston, Kan., at Victory Bible Camp, Sutton, Alaska.
- Sadie Winter, Newton, Kan., at LifeChange Camp, Clinton, Mo.
- Hannah Yoder, Freeman, S.D., at Swan Lake Christian Camp, Viborg, S.D.