‘Youth Ministry’

New Job Opening | Student Ministries Pastor | Northridge Friends Church

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Northridge Friends Church (Wichita, KS) is seeking a half-time Student Ministries Pastor that puts a high premium on building relationships—with youth and among youth, with parents, and with the congregation—to be disciples of Jesus and to lift him up, that all may be drawn to him. We are a growing and committed community who seek to make Christ known in our neighborhood, city, and world. For more information or to apply please email our search team lead, Brandi Stockebrand at searchteam@northridgefriends.org or call 316-734-9541. 

Summit 2018

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
SAVE THE DATE… Kingdom. Mission. Passion. 
Friends SUMMIT 2018 | December 28, 2018-January 1, 2019 | Denver Marriott Tech Center.
Conversations that could change your life!
Evangelical Friends Church-North America.
$340/person (at four/room rate).

Jr. High Bible Quiz | Final Tournament

Friday, April 28th, 2017

The 2017 Quiz season came to a close with the final tournament held at Northridge Friends on Saturday, April 22.  Fourteen teams from 8 churches competed over the chapters of Matthew 1-14.  Taking top honors was Bethel Blue followed by Bethel Red.  Third place went to Northridge Blue and Argonia Blue came in 4th.  The other teams placed as follows:

5th – Chandler , Friendswood Blue
6th – Friendswood Red, Friends Community
7th – Argonia Red, Friendswood White
8th – Tribe of Friends, Haviland Blue
Honorable Mention – Haviland Red, Northridge Red

In addition, the top average scorers for the year were recognized as “All Star” Quizzers.  This year the awards went to  Aubreigh Haxton of Argonia with an average of 103 points per tournament, Rolanda Gerber of Bethel averaging 148, Aspen Sohm of Bethel with a 150 average, and Hannah Harvey of Northridge scoring an average of 162 points per quiz.

The Frazier Award was also given to an outstanding quizzer who exemplified great leadership and good Christian testimony as well excellence in quizzing.  The nominees were Luke Ballard, Cooper Dawson, Hannah Harvey, Aspen Sohm, Madelyn Campbell, Grayson Bergquist, Rowan Davenport, Ky Leslie, and Aubreigh Haxton. This year’s winner is Rowan Davenport of Friends Community Church.

Congratulations to all the quizzers and coaches for a great quiz season.


Meet EFCMAYM Summer Intern

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Christa Follette recently completed her second year at Friends University where she is double-majoring in Health Science and Christian Spiritual Formation. While growing up, she attended Grinnell Friends Church (Grinnell, Iowa), where her father was the pastor. She has been attending Northridge Friends Church since coming to school at Friends University and she has become plugged into the church and yearly meeting through being an AWANA Recreation Leader, being a part of the college and young adult gatherings, and the annual Friends Friends Friends Retreat. Northridge has helped her to fall in love with Wichita and the people here, and she is excited to spend the summer serving alongside Mid-America Yearly Meeting (and Northridge Friends) as a summer 2017 intern.

Her internship will cover a broad array of work and service to the Yearly Meeting and Northridge. The internship is being funded by the Clarence and Lilly Picket Endowment Grant for Quaker Leadership. Some of her duties will include: assisting Janet Penna in the office, covering office hours, helping in camp planning for MAYM camps at Camp Quaker Haven, planning and executing Yearly Meeting Gathering in July, helping plan summer programming and VBS at Northridge Friends, and other projects for the MAYM and Northridge staff members.

She has expressed that she is thrilled to spend the summer serving the Friends Church and she hope that her work will be a blessing to the Yearly Meeting and its churches! Stop in to the office this summer at 2018 W. Maple to say hi to Christa!


Applications Open for Kaleo Academy

Friday, April 14th, 2017

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-2-38-01-pmHow is your church investing in Leadership Development for the future? Do you have anything in place to encourage young people towards a life of ministry, service and calling? Kaleo (“to call”) Academy would like to come alongside your church in helping develop high school leaders for the Friends Church, and most importantly, for the Kingdom of God. Kaleo Academy is a National Friends Youth Training for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2017 and is sponsored by Barclay College. The Academy is a 10 month program which includes: a week long Theology Camp on the campus of Barclay College (June 25 – July 1, 2017); a supervised Mentor Program to walk alongside the student and mentor from your local faith community; an Online Learning Community with students, mentors, and Friends teachers/leaders; and the Released Project directed towards 50 hours of student service learning.

Kaleo Academy Staff is interested in visiting your local church or your Yearly Meeting Region and presenting a workshop on how the program can take place in your congregation. If you are interested in more details, please contact Kaleo Academy Director, Brockie Follette at brockie.follette@barclaycollege.edu or 620-862-5252 ext. 26.

The group that formed around George Fox and started the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) were known as the Valiant Sixty.  Those early Quakers were young and passionate in telling people about Jesus, the One who can speak to every person’s condition.  We are looking for the new Valiant Sixty; young people who are ready to answer the call and help lead the Friends Church into the future!

Visit our website for more information and to apply: http://www.barclaycollege.edu/kaleo/. Applications are now being accepted through May 31, 2017.

– Brockie Follette, Kaleo Academy Director


Jr. High Bible Quiz | Update

Monday, April 10th, 2017
The third quiz of the season was held in South Texas.  For the first time ever, Friends Community Church in Angleton, TX hosted our quiz.  The competition was fierce as 14 teams from 8 churches quizzed over Matthew 1-11.  Bethel ended up taking top honors with Bethel Red taking first and Bethel Blue coming in second.  Northridge Blue took 3rd while Friends Community came in 4th. 
The others teams ended as follows:

5th–Argonia Blue, Friendswood Blue
6th–Haviland Blue, Friendswood Red
7th–Chandler, Argonia Red
8th–Northridge Red, Tribe of Friends
Honorable Mention–Friendswood White, Haviland Red

The finals will be held at Northridge Friends on Saturday, April 22.


Camp 2017 | Registration Open

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Camp Registration is open. Further details and registration can be found here.  Please register by May 17 to avoid a late fee!

ALL IN – Living a Life of Worship
Romans 12:1-2, The Message
Kids Camp – June 3-7 (Grades 3-6)
Camp Director – Pam Chambers, Event Director – Sarah Harvey, Speaker – Josh Bunce
Sr. High Camp – June 8-12 (Grades 9-12)
Primary Director – Gabe Hancock, Assistant Director – Royce Bryan, Speaker – Keas Keasler
Jr. High Camp – June 12-16 (Grades 6-8)
Primary Director – Gabe Hancock, Assistant Director – Royce Bryan, Speaker – Jason Porterfield


Counselors are needed as well as the following:

Primary Counselor: Assigned 10-12 campers at each camp. Directs campers through the program and gives oversight. May teach an initiative activity. In charge of nightly cabin devotions/reflections. Debriefs campers through spiritual decisions made.

Assistant Counselor: (age 18 or over/at least 1 year prior experience) Assists Primary Counselor in all cabin responsibilities as stated above. Is willing to maintain an attitude of learning and service to the Primary Counselor and Cabin group each day.

Counselor in Training (CIT): (age 16-18 and/or first year counseling).




– Jesse Penna, Director of Student Ministries

Jr. High Bible Quiz Update | March 4

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Bethel Friends Church in Hugoton Kansas hosted the second quiz tournament on March 4.  Eleven teams from 8 churches competed over Matthew 1-9.  The home team, Bethel, took 1st place while Friendswood finished in 2nd place, Northridge Blue in 3rd, and Friends Community in 4th
The other teams standings are as follows:
5th–Argonia Blue and Tribe of Friends
6th–Haviland Blue and Argonia Red
7th–Northridge Red and Chander
8th–Haviland Red
Congratulations to all the quizzers on a job well done.
(Order of photos from left to right: Haviland Red, Chandler, Northridge Red, Haviland Blue, Argonia Red, Argonia Blue, Tribe of Friends, Friends Community, Northridge Blue, Friendswood, Bethel)

Inaugural Institute Symposium | Barclay College | March 4

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

I wanted to share a unique opportunity with you to join in the Inaugural “Robert Barclay Institute” symposium on Saturday morning March 4.  A brief understanding about the Robert Barclay Institute is as follows:


This scholarly resource supports Barclay College’s efforts to give historic Quaker thought a vibrant place in campus life and to allow Robert Barclay and other early Quaker voices to speak effectively in today’s world. The goals and aims of the Robert Barclay Institute fall under the identity, mission, and strategic plan objectives of Barclay College. This institute is made up of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, affiliated scholars and constituents.


  • Research the early voice (writings) of our Quaker leaders
  • Articulate ways the early Quaker movement speak into today’s culture
  • Reinvigorate evangelical expressions of Historic Quaker Faith and Practice
  • Connect contemporary Social Issues with evangelical Quaker Faith and Practice

Nurture Vocation and Calling amongst evangelical Quaker Christians

Here are the details about the presentation:

Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. (brunch to follow)
Student Center – Gathering Room
Theme: All Are One in Christ Jesus: The Social Justice Actions of Early Quakers as an Example to Contemporary American Evangelicalism
Presenter: Derek Brown, PhD
Responder: Aaron Stokes, MA in Quaker Studies, student
Moderator: Kevin Mortimer, PhD abd

Details for the gathering can also be found by clicking here.

I will share more info in the future about this Institute, but wanted to make you aware of this forthcoming opportunity.

Inaugural RB Institute Symposium Brochure

– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director

Tribe of Friends | Journey Internship

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
This summer we will partnering with the Tribe of Friends to continue a unique internship and training program for college students who have finished their freshman year. The purpose of “The Journey Project” is to develop leaders – the kind of leaders who live out their faith in such a way as to change lives and communities through the sharing of God’s unconditional love.
Interns will be stretched beyond their comfort zones as they serve those in need and live in Christian community with one another. Interns will be equipped and trained to make a difference in the world. And they will experience the joy of their salvation in ways they never imagined! 
We invite you to visit www.tribeoffriends.org to learn more, and to contact us if we can answer any questions. 
Registration deadline is March 15.
– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director


Jr High Bible Quiz | Update

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
The first quiz of the season was finally held on Feb. 11, hosted by Haviland Friends church.  Twelve teams from 8 churches competed over Matthew 1-6.  The final standings are listed below along with photos of each team.

| Bethel Blue
2nd | Northridge Blue
3rd | Friends Community
4th | Friendswood Blue
5th | Chandler, Argonia
6th | Friendswood Red, Bethel Red
7th | Haviland Red, Haviland Blue
8th | Tribe of Friends, Northridge Red


reGENERATION 2016 | Report

Friday, January 13th, 2017

reGENERATION 2016 was an absolute blast and a blessing! 15 different churches from across MAYM and RMYM gathered at Camp Quaker Ridge for a time of worship, learning, relationship-building, playing, laughing, and much more. Thank you to everyone who worked and prayed for reGENERATION this year. Without you all, it wouldn’t have been the superb time that it was. – Adam Monaghan, Associate Superintendent, EFC-MAYM

Here are just a few of our student’s experiences and “takeaways” from reGENERATION in their own words:

Zack Leininger, Senior from Bethel Friends Church | Having reGENERATION 2016 at the beautiful Camp Quaker Ridge was not only great because of the people, but also because of the clear description of what God has created for us. Wherever you were at this camp, you had a perfect view of that creation. At reGENERATION I got to be on the worship team, while also being a student. Being able to use my musical gifts while also learning and diving deeper into God’s Word was a much needed “get-a-way” for me.  

Having a weekend away from home and being surrounded by a large group of fellow believers is the best way to start a new year. During our small group discussion time that we had twice a day, we did not only learn more about each other, but we got to grow spiritually as well. These small group discussions and the silent periods of (on your own) bible study were the two things I enjoyed most. On the final day before we left, I openly shared in my small group that God was calling me to counsel at Camp Quaker Haven this summer and also be a part of the Saltshaker team that will be going to India/Bhutan from late June into early July. 

Rosalinda Saenz, Junior from Northridge Friends ChurchHi my name is Rosalinda. I’m a junior and I was able to attend the 2016 reGENERATION. While there I really liked our main topics. I liked that they were all things we already knew but we were able to dive more into it (if that makes any sense). I learned a lot from the false narratives and saw just how much I believed them. I saw myself as a sinner and someone who needed to work their way to God.

One thing I really loved and learned from was our quiet time. This was surprising, because quiet time is usually hard for me. My mind tends to drift off. But they gave me different ways to keep my mind focused. They called them Spiritual Practices and my favorite was writing a letter to God. While doing this practice I really just let some things go and was able to write about things I had told myself that I didn’t care about. I think 4 days was a short time but reGENERATION definitely made me rethink my relationship with God. I’m glad I went and I can say that I saw and experienced God in many ways. 

Lena Brown, Junior from Chandler Friends Church | reGENERATION 2016 wow! What an amazing time it was! I learned so much about God and myself during this retreat and what better setting than the beautiful mountains. I loved and learned so many things.  Something I personally really loved about reGENERATION was that it really was a retreat type setting. It was a time to disconnect from the world and spend time just sitting at the feet of God. It was restful and insightful.

A quote that was in our book from reGENERATION by James Bryan Smith says, “As we spend time in quiet and rest and contemplation, sitting at the feet of Jesus, we gain strength to act in wisdom in the hustle and bustle of a busy world. In slowing down we can hear the spirit whisper that we are loved and then we begin to reflect the glory of Christ who is within us. We become the kind of people this frazzled and frightened world most needs.” I feel like this perfectly describes my experience at reGENERATION. We had the opportunity everyday to sit and practice being in God’s presence. Just to be still and listen to his wisdom. To take time out of my busy schedule and set it aside specifically for God is definitely something I took home. To just chat with him and hear what he has to say, and to become the kind of person this frazzled and frightened world needs.

Elaina Roher, Senior from Friendswood Friends Church | reGENERATION was an amazing break and a very unique and new way to experience Christ. Being in the mountains was a super amazing background for the way Jesus worked through and among everyone who went! Starting off mornings and ending evenings with common prayer was supernaturally powerful and served as a great bookend to the way Christ moved during the day. Having college students as the speakers made the message in some ways more powerful. College kids seem to understand my life more than an adult would. I would laugh and hang out with the same people who were speaking life and wisdom into me. Being reminded of what narratives are true was also much needed. Christ began what will be a long and painful process of removing false narratives from my life and replacing truth. The teachings were messages I have heard before, but Christ spoke in new ways. It was a true blessing to be able to go. 

Joel Macy, Junior from Crossroads Friends Church | reGENERATION 2016 was an awesome experience for me. I grew closer to old friends, made some new ones, and most importantly grew closer to God. The workshops presented to us by the Friends University students were really cool, and I realized that I’ve made a lot of false narratives about God. One of the practices we did to grow closer to Him was to write a letter to Him. I thought it was really cool because it felt like I was communicating directly with God! Normally when I pray, I feel like I’m talking to myself, so this felt a lot more “real” to me. I plan to do this on my own time a lot more often, because I really enjoyed it. Quaker Ridge Camp was a really sweet place to reGENERATE, the staff was friendly, the food was really good, and the scenery was INCREDIBLE! I hope to go to next year’s reGENERATION for sure!

Camp Makeover | March 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Greetings on behalf of the camp board!

As many of you may recall, we did an “extreme camp makeover” in 2009 with many improvements and additions to the camp.  The camp board, along with our new camp managers Joe and Carole Corder, have approved the following projects.  We would invite our EFC-MAYM churches, families and individuals to consider the following 2 options: 

1. Give towards one of the projects below.
2. Bring your church, family,  youth group or yourself down to camp to help work on one or more of the projects below.


Camp Makeover | March 2017

Adopt a CQH Project!

  • $1500 to pay for a new roof – 10 more roofs to go!
  • $1500 for a pool light so we can swim at night
  • $5000 for a kitchen remodal
  • $2000 for 2 new RV spots
  • $1500 for new windows on the Grace house
  • $20000 for DREAM need for a skid loader
    Several of these items are still being researched for a final choice and price.

Please contact us for more information:
Joe Corder: 918 – 694 – 7032 | Camp board manager and main contact for these projects
Spencer Linville: spencerlinville@yahoo.com  | Camp board chair
Jesse Penna: jesse@efcmaym.org  | Student Ministries Director, EFC-MAYM

If you or your group, church or family would like to help work on any projects, please contact Joe Corder ASAP!


Mini Camp Makeover | Spring break, March 2017

Register Now

Please consider taking time off work to help with projects or hospitality at Camp Quaker Haven (CQH).  Registration cost of $200 per person due Feb 25 goes 100% towards project costs, as CQH is funding all meals and hospitality.  Mid America Friends Youth Ministries is partnering with the Camp Board to renovate CQH during spring break. Providing a facility for students and adults to renovate their walk with Jesus Christ has been a mission of Mid America Friends through CQH since 1949.  This is the mission that we carry forward for coming generations as Friends Youth Ministries implement a Mini Camp Makeover.  Please contact Joe Corder for a project list and other details that may not be included in this note. We need lots of help from adults and students; individuals or groups, so please consider going, sending, or donating towards a project! Registration is open now. Please fill out the form and mail it in. Camp Makeover Registration Form


These items above are prioritized by the Camp Board and will be completed as funds are available.  Mini Camp Makeover’s goal is to fully complete this list this spring with a dream to also purchase a skid loader to help with some of these projects!  Please make plans to participate or give!

On behalf of the camp board,

– Jesse Penna, Student Ministries Director, EFC-MAYM

Saltshaker Bhutan/India 2017

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
The information has been published and registration is open for the summer 2017 Saltshaker mission trip to Bhutan/India. Saltshaker 2017 will be one trip visiting both the mission fields in West Bengal, India and Bhutan. See details and basic Saltshaker 2017 Information, including the link to apply. 
Saltshaker Bhutan/India – June 22-July 8, 2017
$4800 (exact cost still to be finalized)* 
Required Orientation on June 22. Location TBA.
Application and deposits are due by February 15 (or until the teams are full). 
*SPECIAL NOTE ON COST. All costs and dates are subject to change. Current estimated cost is $4800 (exact cost still to be finalized). This cost is more expensive than any Saltshaker we have had before but includes the added cost for the daily Bhutan tariff (4 nights = $1000 person), airfare (up to $2600/person), and then $1200/person for all other costs including orientation, all meals and transportation and lodging, and ministry and program expenses during our trip. I am visiting both mission fields on a prep trip in January and will know the final estimated cost for the summer trip by the end of January. I will be leading the Bhutan/India Saltshaker trip along with other adult leaders to be named.
Please share this information with the high school students, college students and young adults, and anyone else from your church that you think might be interested in representing EFC-MAYM for such a life-changing short-term missions experience. 
Adam Monaghan
EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent
P.S. Check out these reflections and reports from the past few years of Saltshaker trips as the youth share their testimonies and the value of the short term missions experience on the Friends Church mission field.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Registration for reGENERATION 2016 is live (since Oct 1) and open to all EFCMAYM Junior High, High School and College Students along with their adult leaders. reGENERATION will be held at Quaker Ridge Camp in Woodland Park, CO December 29, 2016 to January 1, 2017. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Dwelling Place” from Psalm 90:1. The registration price of $239/person will increase in a month – on November 18th. The price includes all conference programming, 3 nights of lodging, and all 8 meals. Note that event t-shirts can be purchased for an additional cost. Also note that you have the option to pay by credit card but a processing fee will be added.
We would love to have youth from every EFCMAYM church represented at reGENERATION! Connect with other churches in your area to save on travel costs and the possibility of combining groups to attend.

See more details information for reGENERATION 2016 here.
See tentative schedule here


Promotional materials are available here:
8.5×11 Color Flyer
8.5×5.5 Bulletin Insert (2 to a page)

Please print and distribute as many as you need for your church’s use. However, if you do need our office to print and mail them to you please let Janet Penna (janet@efcmaym.org) know how many you need.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Hope to see many of you in Colorado on December 29th.

– Adam Monaghan, Associate Superintendent

Applications Open for Kaleo Academy

Friday, September 9th, 2016

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-2-38-01-pmHow is your church investing in Leadership Development for the future? Do you have anything in place to encourage young people towards a life of ministry, service and calling? Kaleo (“to call”) Academy would like to come alongside your church in helping develop high school leaders for the Friends Church, and most importantly, for the Kingdom of God. Kaleo Academy is a National Friends Youth Training for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2017 and is sponsored by Barclay College. The Academy is a 10 month program which includes: a week long Theology Camp on the campus of Barclay College (June 25 – July 1, 2017); a supervised Mentor Program to walk alongside the student and mentor from your local faith community; an Online Learning Community with students, mentors, and Friends teachers/leaders; and the Released Project directed towards 50 hours of student service learning.

Kaleo Academy Staff is interested in visiting your local church or your Yearly Meeting Region and presenting a workshop on how the program can take place in your congregation. If you are interested in more details, please contact Kaleo Academy Director, Brockie Follette at brockie.follette@barclaycollege.edu or 620-862-5252 ext. 26.

The group that formed around George Fox and started the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) were known as the Valiant Sixty.  Those early Quakers were young and passionate in telling people about Jesus, the One who can speak to every person’s condition.  We are looking for the new Valiant Sixty; young people who are ready to answer the call and help lead the Friends Church into the future!

Visit our website for more information and to apply: http://www.barclaycollege.edu/kaleo/ Applications are being accepted now through January 1, 2017.

– Brockie Follette, Kaleo Academy Director


Third Annual FFF Retreat

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Praise God, for he is always faithful! Throughout the past three years I have seen God’s faithfulness first hand, both in my life and in the extended ministry of the Friends Church to Friends University students. I believe that through these most recent years we have grown both individually as a church and as a university, but we have grown together as well.

The Friends Friends Friends (or FFF) retreat is a great example of this growth together. If this is your first time to read about our annual retreat, take a look at the last year’s blog post. In each of the past three years our retreat has grown in attendees; this year we had 25! The topic of discussion was Self-Care as Soul-Care, which included subjects like sleep, exercise, Sabbath, and food. We learned that these subjects are made for us and not us for them. They are not a new type of legalism, but rather means of grace, helpful tools that God has given us in our chase of Christlikeness. I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say that we were challenged in new ways, as we don’t typically talk about those things in church or class!

In addition to these topics, we were given time for silence, solitude, and rest. The first couple of weeks of school are certainly some of the craziest of the semester, as all of our schedules are in flux and we figure out the new unique pace of life. The FFF retreat was a great remedy for our frenzied lives, and a great reminder that God’s rhythm of life, as modeled by Christ, is much more life-giving and sustainable than any rhythm we can come up with. Time and space for rest and communion with God were absolutely appreciated by all.

Another way that we experienced self-care as soul-care was through playing together! Two of the things we do best on the FFF retreat are play hard and laugh hard. Whether it was volleyball, extreme duck-duck-goose, “over the hill”, the name game or playfully imitating one another, there was hardly a moment where I didn’t have a smile on my face. We really do have a blast on this retreat!

All in all, the third annual FFF retreat was an incredibly rich time for us. We learned more about God, about ourselves, and about how we can follow Christ more intimately, for the ultimate intention of working alongside God in his mission in the world. We continued our growth together as Friends Church attendees, Friends University scholars, and as friends (in the customary, relational sense of the word). All of these uses of “Friends” can become quite confusing!. God is always faithful, he always provides, and it is usually far and above what we could ever expect. The third annual Friends Friends Friends retreat was no exception.

We are so very grateful to Pastor Manny Garcia and General Superintendent David Williams who offered their wisdom to us about exercise and Sabbath. We are particularly grateful to Associate Superintendent Adam Monaghan for his faithfulness and love for us as college students, and for all of the work he put into the making this wonderful weekend retreat happen. Thank you, Adam!

I think it is fitting that I attach the “Prayer to Welcome the Sabbath” by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro in their awesome book Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. We used this beautiful prayer at the beginning of our retreat, and we hope that it blesses you as it did us.

In Christ
– Josiah Brown

A Prayer to Welcome the Sabbath

Lord of Creation,
create in us a new rhythm of life
composed of hours that sustain rather than stress,
of days that deliver rather than destroy,
of time that tickles rather than tackles.

Lord of Liberation
By the rhythm of your truth, set us free
from the bondage and baggage that break us,
from the Pharaohs and fellows who fail us,
from the plans and pursuits that prey upon us.

Lord of Resurrection,
May we be raised into the rhythm of your new life,
dead to deceitful calendars,
dead to fleeting friend requests,
dead to the empty peace of our accomplishments.

To our packed-full planners, we bid, “Peace!”
To our over-caffeinated consciences, we say, “Cease!”
To our suffocating selves, Lord grant release.

Drowning in a sea of deadlines and death chimes,
we rest in you, our lifeline.

By your ever-restful grace,
allow us to enter your Sabbath rest
as your Sabbath rest enters into us.

In the name of our Creator,
our Liberator
our Resurrection and Life,
we pray.


Final Reflections | Saltshaker Burundi

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
Playing with random kids in the area was easily one of our favorite pastimes.

Playing with random kids in the area was easily one of our favorite pastimes.

I am writing this 6 days after returning to America while currently flying miles above the ground again headed somewhere new. I can’t help to think about the adventures that my last few flights brought me with our journey to and from Burundi. Upon originally arriving in Wichita for orientation, meeting our team was something I was slightly anxious about. This was going to be my first time being on a trip like this with this many people and such a wide variety of ages and personalities. If there’s one thing that God very particularly and specifically ordained for this Saltshaker, it was this team of people. As you may know, the Burundi Saltshaker trip was originally scheduled for the summer of 2015. Many of us signed up and began fundraising long ago when that was the plan, before it was then postponed until the summer of 2016. Some applicants dropped out and many others eventually joined the team over the course of that year. That is almost two years worth of God picking and choosing who would be on this team! Two years worth of opening and closing doors that led to a group of 20 incredibly awesome people. These people are who taught me the most on this trip. I was challenged by their testimonies of great faith, and by their loving spirits and gentle care. I always felt known being with them. A good majority of us didn’t know each other very well or at all beforehand and formed some deep and meaningful relationships through our time spent together in Burundi.

Riding together in the back of this land cruiser multiple times a day is where most of our team bonding was done!

Riding together in the back of this land cruiser multiple times a day is where most of our team bonding was done!

As a team, we talked about how upon arriving back home, it’s most important to share with others about how God was glorified, how the Kingdom expanded, how the Church was affected, how our families and churches can learn from us, etc. Notice that the one thing I didn’t mention was OURSELVES. It’s easy to fall into the mentality that this trip was all for me and what God could teach me and how I suffered or how I was touched. And while I totally and completely agree with that, I also feel a strong sense to share what The Lord did place on my heart during my Saltshaker experience. Ironically, the one thing I am walking away with is a deeper and clearer understanding of a call to selflessness. We noticed throughout the duration of our stay how devoted the African leaders were to us. They sacrificed every bit of their time for two weeks just to cater to our needs and make sure we were cared for. That meant time away from their families, careers, and their normal everyday lives. I have a hard time believing I’d be able to do that even just one full day for somebody! There were so many examples of selflessness lived out everyday for us, I could write a whole novel on that, but people like our cook, our translators, David and Mae, the doctors (who would seriously stop in the middle of a surgery if we needed something), need I go on?

Sometimes the lessons we anticipate to learn in life are completely different than what we end up learning. It’s almost funny to me that I even try to predict what I am going to learn from experiences like this, because God always ends up throwing something entirely different my way. Our leader of the trip was Matt Macy, who I’m sure many of you reading this know and love. Matt was the ultimate example of sacrifice and selflessness to me. Matt sacrificed his entire afternoon one day, spending HOURS of his time going out of his way just so that five of us could have fun and have an enjoyable experience. Five is a pretty insignificant number with a team that size. Once again I was challenged to look within my own heart to think what I would have done in his shoes, and I can tell you my conclusion was not to have done what Matt did for us. That is sacrifice. That is service. I’ve learned through him that leadership is about dying to self, even when the world says it’s about personal gain.

As a team, we shared a devotional time together every night and took turns leading that. One night we spent reading Philippians (chapter 1, I believe) when The Lord spoke to me in a new, refreshing way. If you don’t know, Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was in jail, and it’s also known as his “joy letter.” Ironic, right? Completely. I was challenged to think about my own selfishness as we read through this chapter. How can Paul be writing these people while he’s in jail and be talking about anything other than himself? Here’s what my letter would’ve been: Please pray for me. Oh, pity me! Listen to what I am living through. Here is what I am being forced to eat. Here is how horrible I feel. You wouldn’t even believe what my conditions are like. Want to hear more about myself?

Paul wrote to the people of Philippi expressing his love for them and to encourage them in many ways. Paul was too busy thinking of other people to be so caught up in his own condition. That, my friends, is true love. There is only one real love language and it is called dying to self. And when you can truly love to be unknown, that is dying to self. I am thankful for these moments in Burundi in which The Lord began shaping my heart towards selfless love and sacrifice, versus selfish love and sacrifice. May I begin to love like not only Jesus did, but like the people of Burundi, like the leaders and teammates of this team, and like so many others who model this love. Praise be to God for an amazing experience!

-Katie Newton

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Saltshaker Burundi Reflections

Monday, July 25th, 2016

IMG_4541 copyI am incredibly grateful to you all for helping to make me a part of the 2016 Burundi Saltshaker team! Your financial support, encouragement, and prayers have all been immensely meaningful.

I had a phenomenal time in Burundi! I can say with great certainty that there were very few moments of the trip that I did not enjoy (even the 17 hour flight home had its moments). It was the December before last, at Friends Summit 2014, that I first encountered members of the Burundian Friends Church. I was impressed and intrigued by their great joy and humility, and when I heard, in the late winter of 2015, that the next Saltshaker would send a team to Burundi, I was excited by the possibility and signed up. Unfortunately, due to political unrest within Burundi last summer, our trip had to be postponed until this summer. However, the actual timing of it allowed our team to be present in Burundi for the transference of leadership from the Legal Representative (a position of paramount importance within their church structure), which was an incredible event to witness and celebrate with our Burundian brothers and sisters.

Here are things that stood out to me as I reflected upon my time there:

-I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity that the trip presented to build new friendships with both other team members and Burundian Friends. I made many new friends (like our driver, David) that remain in Burundi, but I hope I can visit again soon.

-I was touched by the great joy and authenticity of their worship of God, and I loved the opportunities that we had to dance and sing with them. It was awesome to observe the happiness that radiated from their smiling faces and to see how boldly they proclaimed the goodness and glory of God.

-We might have been there to show our love to our Burundian friends, but they too, showed there great love for us in many ways, through unceasing acts of hospitality, graciousness, and kindness. I was quite impressed by the way in which they selflessly gave of their time (almost all of the leaders have busy schedules) to be with us and to go with us to visit remote church locations.

-Domitien, the previous legal representative, said in his speech, as he passed off the mantle of leadership to his successor, that, “A great man is a man who makes others great.” I was amazed by how humble and servant-oriented Domitien had remained, even though he was in a position of great influence and power, and his words and deeds stand as a powerful challenge and witness to me.

-I loved traveling across Burundi! As previously mentioned, we visited some churches that were in fairly remote locations, so we would often spend several hours driving on a main highway, only to get on a dirt road (a road might not be the right word here, maybe more like a very rough trail) and drive on that sometime before we could get to our destination. We had many fun adventures traveling and many exciting moments when we would turn down mountain passes or inch slowly down from the side of a cliff. The Burundian countryside (the large majority of their nation) was beautiful! There were large hills and mountains seemingly everywhere, covered in beautiful green trees and plants, a scene that would be interrupted quite frequently by farming plots were women and children hoed the ground and planted crops. It was really neat to see such a different change in scenery, especially one as beautiful as theirs.

-God was working mightily in Burundi. I loved observing how the Burundian church was actively acting upon their faith and desiring to be more effective Kingdom workers and to spread the Gospel. I had the privilege to hear the testimonies of both our cook and driver, both of which were incredibly powerful, and spoke volumes about how actively God had, was, and is working in Burundi. I appreciate the fact that God and His Kingdom are incredibly culturally transcendent and how God is calling every tongue and tribe to “come and dine” with Him.

-I also enjoyed the opportunities that we had to bless and work alongside of our Burundian friends, whether it was helping to clean up the fire damage and knocking down walls in a dormitory at a Friends’ seminary or assisting in the construction of rural churches (among many other things), it was just such an wonderful experience to be able to show them our love by rolling up our sleeves, getting dirty, and being with them, exercising what I now see as one of the most powerful forms of ministry, the ministry of presence.

-I also have many great memories of playing cards at night with the other members of our team in the lovely guesthouse we stayed in, and getting to know each member of the team, some for the first time and others more deeply. Shopping together in the busy (mostly) open markets of Kitega and Bujumbara was another highlight for me and learning to haggle well was certainly a challenge! We also got to go to a wildlife preserve and see hippos and go to a “zoo” and watch gigantic alligators eat guinea pigs alive! We had a lot of fun together and I praise God for how well we all got along and did ministry together.

Thank you all again for your support and making this possible. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about it all, I would be happy to answer them. I am ultimately reminded that we serve a great God and are active parts of an unshakable Kingdom which has members from all nations! I leave you with these insightful and encouraging words from Francis Frangipan, “Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you fainthearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.”

With much love and gratitude,

Caleb Angell



Saltshaker Burundi & Nepal: Meet the 2016 Teams!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Please pray for our EFC-MAYM Saltshaker 2016 mission trip teams headed to serve this summer in Burundi and Nepal. The teams request prayer support from friends, family and from churches and church members across EFC-MAYM and beyond. Several team members are also still raising funds. Please contact adam@efcmaym.org if you are interested in supporting either of these trips with a financial (tax-deductible) donation. See more information about Saltshaker 2016 here.


Saltshaker Prayer Requests

*For Security & Safety, that we would “be strong and courageous” and not be “afraid or discouraged” (Joshua 1:9).
*For Unity, that we may “be made completely one, so the world may know…” (John 17:23).
*For Discernment, that we may “trust in the Lord with all our heart and not rely on our own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
*For Health & Comfort, that we would “be in good health physically just as you are spiritually” (I John 1:2).
*For Leadership that we would “imitate” the Apostle Paul “as he imitates Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).
*For the Mission Fields in the Burundi/Nepal, that we would “promote love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).
*For Humility that we would “make our own attitude that of Christ” and “assuming the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-8).


Saltshaker Itineraries

June 20-21 – Saltshaker Orientation at Northridge Friends, Wichita, KS
June 22 – Burundi and Nepal teams depart from Wichita early morning
June 23 – Teams arrive in Burundi and Nepal
July 7 – Nepal team returns to Wichita/Houston
July 9 – Burundi team returns to Wichita/Houston/OKC/Ohio

Note that Burundi is 7 hours ahead of US Central Time and Nepal is 10:45 ahead of US Central Time. Also note that due to lack of available internet access in Burundi, blog updates will likely be irregular if at all until reports upon return.


Meet the Saltshaker Nepal Team

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.46 AMMy name is Rebecca Angell and I currently live in Wichita, Kansas. I am a senior at Wichita State University and will graduate in December with my nursing degree. I love people and I love God and I am so excited to serve in Nepal. I have done two previous mission trips before to Mexico, but I know that traveling to Nepal and witnessing for Christ will continue to shape me and grow me as a follower of Jesus. My prayer for the team and myself is that we could “take on the form of a servant” (Phillipians 2:8), like Jesus did when he walked this earth, and that our lives could be living testimonies for Him. I am going with the mindset to bless, yet I also believe that my life will be richly blessed by the people of Nepal. Thank you for your prayers and support of us, we are beyond thankful!



Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.35 AMMy name is Josiah Brown and I am a senior at Friends University where I am majoring in Finance and Christian Spiritual Formation. I grew up in Chandler, Oklahoma, where I attended Chandler Friends Church. When I am in Wichita I attend Northridge Friends Church with a bunch of other crazy college students! I have been on two Saltshaker trips before this one: Kibimba Hospital/Burundi in 2012, and Bangladesh in 2014. Both of those trips have been huge contributors to my growing love for God and his mission in the world. I know that this trip to Nepal will be life changing for all of us, and I look forward to taking part in what God is doing in Nepal!



My name is Jordan Compton. I live in Wichita, KS. My husband and I serve as the Youth Pastors at Northridge Friends Church. When I first felt the pull to go to Nepal, I was reluctant because of reasons and barriers I thought I had control over; time, money, comfort. Well, God broke through those barriers and here I am preparing for an opportunity of a lifetime! I am so excited to experience Him in new ways and see how He is moving across the world.







Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.43.04 AMMy name is Hannah Jacobson. I am from Friendswood, Texas and attend Friendswood United Methodist Church. I am about to be in the 12th grade at Friendswood High School. I am taking this journey in hopes that is changes not only my perspective on things but it changes the lives of others. I pray that God works through me and the others on this trip. I’m very excited to see what God has for us!






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My name is Adam Monaghan and I am the Director for this Saltshaker trip. I am from Wichita, Kansas and I serve as Pastor at Crossroads Friends Church and the Associate Superintendent of Global Ministries for Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America Yearly Meeting. I am really excited to be a part of the Saltshaker Nepal mission team because God has called us to be his witness to the ends of the earth (cf Mt 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). My favorite thing about missions is that God gets the glory (Ps.46:10b), the nations get the gospel (Mt. 28:19) and the church gets the “good life” of abundant blessings for being obedient and faithful to go, send, give and pray! I also really love the Evangelical Friends Church all around the world and am excited to get to partner with the churches in Nepal. The sending churches in the case of both Saltshaker trips this summer consist of seven local Friends Churches (Crossroads, Northridge, Bethel, Friendswood, Hutchinson, and Haviland, as well as Winona Friends in Ohio).

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.46.12 AMMy name is Sallianne Roher and I live in Friendswood, Texas and attend Friendswood Friends Church. I am a 10th grade student at Friendswood High School. I was led to join the Saltshaker Nepal Team because I felt Christ encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone to serve others and learn how God expresses himself in a place unlike my own home, and to be able to answer God’s calling to us to be witnesses for Him to all people (Matthew 24:14). I am so excited to be a part of this team and to be able to follow Christ across borders! To God be the Glory!






Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.45.57 AMMy name is Rosalinda Saenz. I live in Wichita KS and go to Northridge Friends Church. I am in 10th grade and go to Heights High School. I am so thrilled to be able to go on the 2016 Saltshaker trip to Nepal. I felt led to go on this trip because my sister went on the Burundi trip a couple years ago and she came back with these amazing stories and new experiences. So I thought what better way to understand her time there then to go on one myself. I’m so excited to see what God has planned for me and to see how I can help in anyway.





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My name is Blake Stanfield, I am from Friendswood, Texas, and I attend Friendswood Friends Church. I just finished the 11th grade at Friendswood High School. I am really excited to be a part of the Nepal Saltshaker trip because I went on the last trip to the Philippines and it was a blast! I had a great time serving others in the name of God and my relationship with God grew in the process. I’m very excited to help others once again experience God and have a great time doing so!






Meet the Saltshaker Burundi Team

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.47.33 AMMy name is Caleb Angell, and I am from from Stanford, New York. I attend Nine Partners Meeting in New York and Northridge Friends Church in Wichita. I am entering my senior year this fall at Friends University. I have had an interest in the Burundi mission ever since meeting with and hearing from the Burundian pastors who attended Friends Summit 2014. I am quite excited for this opportunity and very much look forward to learning from Burundian Friends and serving them as best I may.




Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.47.15 AMMy name is Abby Brown, I just recently finished my senior year of high school in Chandler, Oklahoma. I grew up attending Chandler Friends Church with my family where I have been able to play with the worship team. I am looking forward to starting my freshman year of college in the fall wherever God leads me. I have been to Burundi twice before but never on a Saltshaker trip, and I could not be more excited. The first time I went to Burundi it captured my heart and now I want to take every opportunity I have to go back, especially with my grandparents David and Mae Kellum.





Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.02 AMMy name is Marc Compton, and I have the distinct privilege of serving as assistant director on this Saltshaker trip. I live in Wichita, Kansas with my wife Jordan and am blessed to serve the Lord at Northridge Friends Church as Pastor of Student Ministries. I am truly excited for this opportunity to serve the Lord on a short-term trip to Burundi, Africa. I have passions for youth, for missions, for furthering the kingdom, and for encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ. I look forward to this unique opportunity where I have been blessed to serve the Lord in the midst of so many of my passions. I am thankful to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker team and I am truly excited by the possibilities of how God is going to work in and through our group.




Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.18 AMMy name is Olivia Garcia. I come from Hutchinson, Kansas, and am the daughter of two divorced parents, Tom and Jennifer, and a step-dad Jason. I am a big sister to Bella, and a younger step-sister to my step-brother Jacob. I recently brought home a now 12-week-old puppy, Leia. I am 20 years old, and am a junior in college at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. I am pursuing a degree in Family and Counseling, while also getting a Christian education. I also take classes at K-State, and am in the program CATS, or Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. I work at Pawnee Mental Health Services part time, and I love my job. As a mental health professional, I have the privilege of equipping children with severe emotional disturbances to reach their full potential. I love music, coffee, animals, people, lipstick, shouting “BLESSINGS” and finally, I love the Lord. I accepted Christ when I was 11 years old, and vowed to follow Him to the ends of the earth. Right now, I will follow God to Burundi, Africa. I could not be more excited!




Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.48.00 AMMy name is Catherine Hoppock. I live in Wichita, Kansas. I attend Northridge Friends Church and I am a Health Science student at Friends University. I am excited to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker Team this year because I have always wanted to go to Burundi and see the different churches we support and to be involved in the hospital there. I have a desire to practice medicine in my future and I am excited to see all the different situations in the Kibimba Hospital in Burundi. I am excited what God will do in me this trip and hope to ignite my passion for missions and medicine even more.




Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.48.22 AMMy name is Ellen Losew and I have been married to Steve for 20 years on June 29th – our 20th anniversary will pass while I am in Burundi. I am a pediatrician in Kansas. I have a special interest in newborn care and infectious diseases. I have four children, Jace, who is on the Saltshaker team, Jack (12), Joscelyn (11), and Jessa (7). I am a runner and have done several triathlons. I also crochet.





Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.49.41 AMI am Jace Losew and I am 15. I will be a sophomore at Central Christian High School this fall. I am a runner and ran for my school’s cross country and track teams last year. I also competed on the school’s swim team. I am interested in engineering. I like to sing and participate in choir. I play the clarinet in my school concert and marching bands.







Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.52.11 AMI am Sarah Kelsey and I live in Hutchinson, KS. I am 27 years old and just finished my first year of my Master’s program in Family Ministry. I am currently working in a behavior support classroom for children in the fourth through sixth grade. My hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, being outside and running. My biggest passion is helping others in any way that I can. I love coming alongside other people and engaging in their lives. When this Saltshaker trip first came up, I was excited but unsure if I was supposed to go. I spent time in prayer just trying to discern if this was a trip that I was to go on. God revealed to me that He wanted me to be a part of this team. I have been on other Saltshaker trips before, but I know this one will be different. I am excited and looking forward to what God will do in and through us as individuals and as a team. Although I am nervous, I know God has big plans for this trip and for the people of Burundi. I am looking forward to seeing how God is going to use me to impact the lives of others and to glorify His kingdom. This is a big step for me, but I’m taking it in faith and allowing God to lead.


Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.49.55 AMMy name is Joel Macy. I’m 17 years old and will be a junior in high school. I attend Crossroads Friends Church. I am excited to go on this trip because I want to see the mission and culture in Burundi. My little brother was adopted from Rwanda, and I am interested to see the place where he is from. My dad has led several mission trips to Africa, and I want to meet the people my family has heard about and prayed for, and experience this church and culture like others before me.






Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.50.43 AMMatt and Carrie Macy, along with Joel and Caleb, are so honored to participate in this Saltshaker to Burundi, Africa.  While Matt has gone to Burundi more than a dozen times because of his work with EFC-MAYM and EFM, this will be Carrie, Joel and Caleb’s first trip.  Matt is really looking forward to introducing some of his family to our friends in Burundi.  This is Caleb’s first time to be with his own ethnic group, since we adopted him at 16 months old out of Kigali, Rwanda in September 2007.  As the Saltshaker team goes home, our family will go spend 3 days in Rwanda to show Caleb his place of birth.  The Macy family love to be a part of Crossroads Friends Church in Wichita and love connecting in deep ways with neighbors to seek the Kingdom of God. We also love to be a part of missions all over the world, with the most frequent visits to Burundi and to Bangladesh.  Matt’s passion as associate director of EFM is to help groups of Friends churches all around the world to start their own mission fields and send their own missionaries.


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My name is Rosealin Morris and I live in Salem, Ohio. I attend Winona Friends Church and I love to work with the children’s program there. I work with an after school program and childcare. I feel God has called me to do missionary work and I am so excited to be going on the Saltshaker Burundi mission trip. I cannot wait to meet new friends that are as excited as me to share the love of Jesus with others. It will be amazing to see how God uses our team in Burundi.






Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.50.12 AMMy name is Katie Newton and I am originally from Friendswood, TX but currently attending Barclay College in Haviland, KS. I am very excited to be a part of the Burundi Saltshaker team because my first Saltshaker trip to Bangladesh changed my life! I feel a call placed upon my life from the Lord to bring the Good News to all of the earth. Cross-cultural missions is something I am very passionate about and I have been excited about going to Burundi ever since they first announced the possibility in 2014. To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him!





My name is William “Garry” Norton, and I go to church at Bethel Friends in Hugoton, Kansas. I am from a nearby town called Rolla. I have just graduated from Rolla High School and will be attending Barclay College next fall. I am truly thrilled to have the opportunity to go to Burundi. After my mother passed away, my heart changed in a beautiful way. I was called into missions when I saw a discarded packet that asked for funding for orphans in Africa. It made me feel as if I was needed elsewhere than here in the states. I feel ready to be submerged into another culture that I’ve always loved reading about. I am ecstatic to be able to be a vessel for God to aid and assist the people I meet there.






My name is Heather Thornburg and I am from Haviland, Kansas.  I currently work in the undergraduate and graduate admissions department at Barclay College. I am so blessed and thrilled to be a part of the Saltshaker Burundi trip because it is an incredible opportunity to experience the Lord working in a different culture and people. Through the changes of plans in the last year and a half with this trip, the Lord has still paved the way for me to go, which assures me this is what He has planned for me to do. I am ready to be more transformed into who I am created to be by simply being obedient to Him on this trip. I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve on the 2016 Saltshaker Burundi trip.






Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.51.36 AMMy name is Dave Williams and I have the privilege of serving as General Superintendent or “lead pastor” for EFC-MAYM.  My parents and grandparents served as missionaries to China, so from day one I was immersed in a mission-minded environment.  I thought at one time that I might be called to go to a foreign country and serve as a career missionary as well, but God has chosen instead to call me to serve as a sending and equipping pastor for those who have been called to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 20:19).  Over the past 30 years I have had an opportunity to visit many of our Friends mission fields, including Burundi, and I am eager to make a return visit with the rest of this year’s Saltshaker team.




Not pictured are David and Mae Kellum (retired missionaries to Burundi) and Fran Sigley from Northridge Friends.