Ashley Norton is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving initially with Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) in Mizak, a mountainous section of La Vallee in southeast Haiti, west of the city of Jacmel.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Ashley was commissioned in August 2011.
HAPI was organized in 2007 by persons in Haiti and the West Michigan Annual Conference as a fair trade artisan cooperative benefitting families and communities in an area where 75 percent of the people (35,000 in number) have incomes of less than $1.00 (US) per day. (Visit www.haitianartisans.com for more information.)
In 2010, HAPI partnered with the Grand Rapids District and Communities of Shalom to become the first Shalom site in Latin America. Shalom is a United Methodist-initiated economic empowerment and community development approach with strong spiritual roots, today administered through Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. HAPI has strong ties to the General Board of Global Ministries and is an Advance project.
Ash will act as a mission coordinator at HAPI, promoting the association's goals and the products it exports. He will assist in streamlining the business and simplifying operational procedures. In addition, Ash will partner with persons from Drew University to use geographic data for humanitarian purposes.
Ash Norton is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he is a member of Westwood United Methodist Church in the Western Michigan Conference. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from West Michigan University in 2007. During his college years, he worked as a peer minister managing a small student-led café at his campus ministry. He spent two summers repairing bicycles and has exceptional computer skills. He also enjoys playing games with and telling stories to children. He was a camp counselor in the summer of 2009.
Not involved in a Christian household until he was a teenager, Ash studied Christianity to discover the blueprint for life. He experienced spiritual growth through activities at the Wesley Foundation at his university, and found resonance in Christian views of social justice.
"My passion, education, and skill sets are harmonious with mission service," he says. "My wife, Stephanie (also a mission intern) and I are partners in the pursuit of mission. We share God's call."
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