Thursday, April 18, 2013

A beginning, of sorts



Welcome, friends, family, and all to my blog! I'm excited to finally announce my plans for next year and to share the details of my mission with the world.  My name is Sara Lowery, I'm 22, I'm from the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, and I will be serving at the Mission for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong for 12 months starting in August through the Young Adult Service Corps. While Hong Kong may not be first place we think of when we think of mission work, there is need all over the world, and the Mission for Migrant Workers gives Foreign Domestic Workers both a physical shelter and an organization that advocates on their behalf.




The video below helps to explain the status of Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong:

Next month, I am graduating from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  I am an International & Global Studies major with a concentration in Global Culture and Society in Asia and Europe and Women's & Gender Studies minor.  Ultimately I would like to be working with public policy and women's advocacy, but I believe that in order to do so effectively I must spend time learning from those with experiences different from my own. As the name of my blog suggests, I believe we are all called, as stated in the Baptismal Covenant, to, "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."

I've been privileged to have such an engaging academic career, to which I owe so much of who I am.  My high school teachers taught me what it means to think and to question the world around me--instead of focusing on route memorization and maintaining the status quo, we were taught that the things we learned mattered and challenged to think for ourselves.  In college, I have studied the creations and effects of globalization. In particular, I've studied how people, ideas, technologies, and funds are moved around the world and how globalization is impacting individuals, systems, and economies.  This directly aligns with my YASC placement, as the vast majority of the migrant women do so in order to support their families due to these economic policies.   College has taught me the importance of checking and understanding my privilege: my experiences and oppressions are not universal, and presuming that I have the answers to injustice and oppression is unproductive.  I owe a great deal to my educational institutions, and I feel ready to take on this new challenge of learning from and building relationships with people halfway across the world. 


How Can I Help?

I'm so glad you asked! I need support in many ways, and I invite you to help support this ministry and my work in a variety of ways:

  • Emotional support: Hong Kong, while a very large city, is probably going to get lonely! Any letters, emails, Facebook messages, and/or carrier pigeons would mean the world to me. 
  • Logistical support: Can you help spread word about this mission? I'd like to get as many people as possible involved, so directing your friends, family, and coworkers would be a great help! 
  • Financial support: As with any mission work, YASC can't function without financial support. Each YASCer is asked to raise $10,000 for their mission.  This is about half the cost for one year, and covers all airfare, training, housing, language programs, health insurance, and a monthly food stipend. This is a pretty daunting amount, but it breaks down to around $30 per day. Could you consider sponsoring a day? For every $30, you get claim to whatever day you want! On your chosen day, you'll get a personalized email from me updating you on my journey.  Of course, donations of any size are GREATLY appreciated. Consider giving in thanksgiving or remembrance of a friend or relative.  Gifts are tax deductible. 
The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama will be collecting the funds. If you are able to give ANY amount, please make the check to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama with "Sara Lowery - YASC" in the memo line. Please send them to 
Episcopal Diocese of Alabama
ATTN: Rob Morpeth
521 N. 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203 

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