United Methodist Committee on Relief

World Children's Day-Advocating for Children


Katie Pryor
Generation Transformation Class: 2013-2015
US-2: Worked in Mississippi as a Coordinator Congregations for Children

I didn't choose Generation Transformation. It chose me. Actually, it was presented to me as an opportunity by my mentor and I chose to take the leap into mission.

I served for two years as an US-2 missionary based in Biloxi, Miss., while serving the entire state of Mississippi working in child advocacy. I was responsible for engaging congregations throughout the state, teaching them who their legislators are, and what pieces of legislation may affect children negatively or positively. I taught congregations how we needed to push our legislators to either kill a bill or push it through.

Doing this type of indirect service for children made me realize how much I missed working and serving directly with children.

Currently I am a second year M.Div. student at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. My focus is mission and outreach with a concentration in urban ministry. My hope is to serve in missions both locally and globally working with United Methodist Women.

Generation Transformation is an initiative of Global Ministries to increase opportunities for young adults to engage in mission throughout the connection. This includes supporting mission service within the UMC and Global Ministries’ flagship programs for young adults. These Global Ministries programs include: Global Mission Fellows, Global Justice Volunteers, Individual Volunteers. Whether participating in a program to raise awareness of social issues, networking with others around the world, volunteering in a clinic, or dedicating their lives to long-term missionary service, young people transform their communities.

To learn more about the opportunity visit our website HERE