An update from Lydia Pendleton, a Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) missionary serving in the Diocese of Puerto Rico:
Since arriving in Puerto Rico about 7 months ago, I have joined the Department for Communication and Digital Evangelism of the Diocese of Puerto Rico. I feel blessed to be a part of this diocesan team who continue to inspire me daily with their hard work and dedication to spreading the good news of Christ. My role in communications allows me to travel around the island, visiting the 52 churches and other institutions in the diocese, building and forming new relationships with our brothers and sisters here in Puerto Rico. My daily work involves writing, translating, updating the diocesan website, helping to plan different diocesan events, and other projects that allow me to help share the wonderful work this diocese does every day with the wider Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
I am also working on updating the Episcopal Asset Map. This project documents emergency plans, opportunities for volunteers, ministries, and inventory of assets to complete an interactive map located on one digital platform. I am working on a short bilingual documentary series, guided by this year’s diocesan theme of reconciliation. Using interviews and videos, this is a way to share different stories and experiences—not just to those within the diocese, but using both English and Spanish we hope to reach our partners around the globe.
What led me to YASC? At the YASC discernment retreat in March 2018, I realized that God was calling me to serve others. YASC offered me a way to use my strengths, interests, and experiences, to allow my faith to lead me somewhere new. Over the course of my life, I have found the most joy living overseas, traveling, meeting new people, learning new languages, and being immersed in different cultures. Growing up in the church as the child of an Episcopal priest, my faith and the church community have always been interconnected. In short, my faith community is my family. YASC has given me the opportunity to continue God’s work in the world, furthering the work of the church that has always been an important part of my life, expanding my own faith community and family. I will always be grateful for this experience YASC has given me to truly be a part of the Jesus Movement.
I invite you to pray for my mission, for all people in Puerto Rico, especially those who are still recovering from the 2017 hurricanes or lack of health care, for the diocesan staff and clergy dedicated to living out the Jesus Movement, and for this diocese of hope—one that is “Misionera, evangelista, y dinámica,” – dynamic, focused on mission, and dedicated to evangelism.
You can continue to follow and find out about Lydia’s mission on her blog at yasclydia.wordpress.com. Learn more about the Young Adult Service Corps at bit.ly/YASCepiscopal.