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Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), ranging in age from 21 to 29, take the plunge into a life-changing year of international service. Support all the YAGM or those serving in Cambodia. Learn more by firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover creative ways to involve your youth at Youth for YAGM.
Jan. 26, 2015
Introducing the coordinators for this new program
Hi! My name is Adam Erickson and I am super-excited to be working with my wife, Sarah, in Cambodia for the next four years! I was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science in 2004. After graduation I ended up working in youth ministry, at first as a way to pay the bills, but then finding myself incredibly called to it. After almost a decade and three congregations later, I am looking forward to this new adventure God is calling us to. When I’m not teaching confirmation or facilitating a youth group, I enjoy golfing (poorly), watching baseball (Brewers), American football (Packers and Badgers), and college basketball (Badgers). Marrying Sarah was pretty much the best decision I’ve ever made, and together I’m sure that we will explore all of Cambodia and most of Southeast Asia during the next four (or more) years.
I’m Sarah Erickson, and my husband, Adam, and I are seriously thrilled to be starting a YAGM site in Cambodia. When we started dating, I told Adam a condition of marriage was that we’d live and work abroad at some point in our lives – it’s only been two (wonderful) years of marriage in Kansas City, but here we are! And we’re grateful. My love of cultures started young, and then I earned bachelor degrees in religion and international studies (Russian focus) from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. After a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a pastoral internship in Berlin, Germany, I met my husband during my first call in Madison, Wis. While there are many things that make me hopeful about the future, I’m most excited about being able to work with Adam, learning another language, working with young adults and, of course, the warm weather! Though for all of that, there’s still the hope that Cambodians like coffee and golf and that I don’t have to learn to drive a stick shift. Regardless, we’re excited to work with you!