Emma Warman writes of her activities celebrating Earth Week in the Philippines, as she heads toward the end of her service year in late July. She writes

… It featured 26 shelter & sponsored children from Little Children of the Philippines as well as the women & girls of Casa Esparanza Shelter. Participants joined together to create a covenant, participate in team building activities, craft nature inspired dream catchers & paintings using found/recycled items, and learn from a presenter on climate change and environmental issues facing the Philippines … This group of kids made me laugh, cry, and even break out in goosebumps when I witnessed them take advantage of the opportunity to paint for the first time in their lives. They took creative risks in their artworks, and by the week, spoke passionately about their desire to care for creation…

Read her entire post here.

On Sunday, August 27, 2017, we commissioned Elizabeth Welliver and Emma Warman, who dedicate a year of their lives to learn what God is doing through them and in them. We hope to follow their journey through their online blogs. 

To follow Emma and Elizabeth as they live their YAV experience, visit their blogs:

Emma Warman (Philippines) https://emmayavyear.wordpress.com/

Elizabeth Welliver (Austin, TX)  https://medium.com/@ElizabethWelliver

To learn more about the YAV program, visit: www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/yav/