Emily Kvalheim, South Florida, US-2 Missionary

Emiy Kvalheim, a member of Church of the Messiah, and is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two year term of service in the United States.  

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experiences and service. The program grew out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.

Global Mission Fellows in the US work through geographic affiliates, such as United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local ministry networks, and educational institutions. Emily’s affiliate is the Florida Annual Conference. US-based fellows engage in advocacy for justice; social services, notably for youth and the elderly; and leadership development for church and community

Emily’s work site is the South Florida Justice for Our Neighbors (SFJFON), operated by the South East District of the conference and related to South Florida Urban Ministries. National JFON is a network of ministries that provide support, advocacy, and immigration legal services through church-based clinics staffed by attorney and volunteers. Emily concentrates primarily in community relations, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, promoting JFON among churches and community groups, and taking part in advocacy efforts. Global Mission Fellows in the US may move through a spectrum of ministries in the course of their two years.