This Blog follows the Adventures of Bear Mills. David "Bear" Mills is a Young Adult Volunteer serving in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a year working in peacemaking.
This year has affected and continues to affect my life in so many ways, and I am excited to have the opportunity to share my story when I go home. I can’t wait to share how profoundly I have been changed through serving God and God’s people in an environment that is not only foreign to me but is in many ways a mirror reflection of many of the troubles we face back home. The characters and storyline are different, but the theme is unfortunately universal. At the same time there is a unique beauty to this land and these people and I look forward to sharing their stories with others.
I would love to see more young people joining the Young Adult Volunteer Program and programs like it, because I believe that the best way to discover who you are and who God intends for you to be is to serve others. Service can be exciting, it can be boring, it can be uncomfortable, it can be risky, it can be humbling, and it can even be demeaning at times; but it’s when we are living outside of ourselves that we discover who we really are. Jesus’ whole life was a declaration of truth and service, and he gave us so many examples of what it means to serve. I want to encourage and excite others to join the YAV program because it is a living example of Jesus’ call to serve.