Rachel Keller is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, initially serving in South Africa and then in Seattle, Washington at the Church of Mary Magdalene/Mary's Place. She was commissioned in October 2009.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international placements and half in domestic settings.
In Africa, Rachael's first worked with SHADE (Sojourner, Help, Advocacy, Development, and Education), an agency that serves refugees across southern Africa. SHADE is a ministry initiated by the Woodstock Methodist Church in the Cape Town area, and is closely linked to the Methodist Church in Southern Africa.
Rachel's second assignment was at Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, a town just outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. She worked with the mission and outreach projects in preschool, and HIV programs to the outside townships surrounding Benoni.
"While in South Africa," she says, "I had a wonderful opportunity to see God through people and places. I have come back to the US with the incredible stories of people who are the source of change for their communities."
The ecumenical, multiracial Church of Mary Magdalene/Mary's Place in Seattle serves homeless and formerly homeless women and children, including immigrants. It is a place for women who struggle with poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic and sexual abuse, and other challenges.
Rachel grew up in the Susquehanna Annual Conference in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church. She attended Eastern University, near Philadelphia.
Rachel grew up taking part in volunteer mission teams in the United States, and while in college went on two mission trips to the Philippines. It was during this experience that she first felt a call to mission work.
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