STEP internship expands and 2012–2013 teams are commissioned

If I could sum up my experiences with STEP in one word, it would be "change." Through going to Honduras, my worldview has changed, my perspectives have changed, and my heart has changed. I will never be the same.

Carey Heisey, 2010–11 STEP Honduras team member

Since 2003, Brethren in Christ World Missions’ STEP program has challenged 48 young adults to expand their worldviews and global experiences. Now, the internship program is again expanding its placement locations. By partnering with BICWM missionaries, STEP is hosting three opportunities for 2012-2013: Colombia, Spain, and Thailand.
In September, a commissioning service was held for the seven young people making up the three 2012–2013 STEP teams.
“It’s exciting to increase our internships for millennial leaders, and I’m grateful for the global workers making these life-changing experiences possible,” says Vicky Landis, BICWM mobilization administrator.

STEP participants spend eight weeks in training and six months overseas. The internships are designed to be intensive and developmental, getting young adults past the adrenalin high of short-term missions to deeper cross-cultural exposure. This includes learning from international leaders, being immersed in language and culture and serving in practical ways.

There are seven young men and women making up the three 2012–2013 STEP teams:

  • Beth Brubaker, of Jemison Valley BIC (Westfield, Pa.)
  • Renee Buckwalter, of Mount Pleasant BIC (Mount Joy, Pa.)
  • Asher Fickett, of New Vision BIC (Pewaukee, Wis.)
  • Aaron Johnston, of Cross Roads Memorial BIC (Guelph, ON)
  • Karla Mylin, of The Table Community Church (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • Bekah Sharp, of Pequea BIC (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • Eryca Testerment, of Westside Christian Community (Springfield, Ohio)

Prior to their eight weeks of training at the Urban Discipleship Center (Bronx, N.Y.), these young people gathered in September at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC Church for a service of commissioning with their families, friends, and BICWM staff members. Ken Hoke, BICWM regional administrator for South Asia, shared words of encouragement and blessing, leading into circles of prayer around each participant. The teams will be departing for their assigned countries in the coming weeks.

Brethren in Christ churches and individuals can support these team members and the overall program through prayer and financial sponsorship: Give to 2012–13 STEP team members | Give to STEP program through Cooperative Ministries