Rachel Rebecca Berry
Rachel Rebecca Berry is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving initially with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Rachel was commissioned in August 2011.
Rachel's work relates specifically to the social justice and human rights agenda of the Philippines church council, which is made up of 10 Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church. The council has a long-standing commitment to justice, peace, and freedom. As a mission intern, Rachael assists with the work of the youth and women's desks.
Born in California, Rachel was raised in Illinois from 7th grade on. Her parents are both clergy so that she grew up in the church and with a sense of the wideness of mission. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and music from the University of Illinois, and has also studied at the Universidad de Deusto in Spain. She holds a high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan.
Rachel plays organ, French horn, and the guitar, and has studied dance, theatre arts, and film editing. She has been the organist/pianist at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Champaign, Illinois, and her home congregation in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference. She can communicate in English and Spanish.
Mission trips during high school and college included work in Eastern Kentucky and in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.
"Jesus Christ is the meaning of my life," she says. "Rather than looking at what meaning Jesus has in my life, I'd rather think of how I live my life in Jesus. Living my life in Jesus means using my gifts to alleviate the suffering of others. Seeing others through Christ's eyes makes me a more patient and loving person."
Rachel has a high regard for diversity in the world and the church, diversity not limited to race and ethnic identity but also in worldviews and lifestyles. She has studied the effects of poverty on individuals, families, and communities, and also has a keen interest in the protection of arable land and the wise use of natural resources.
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