Meet the 2016 DPF Peace Interns and Missionary-in-Residence Peace Interns!
Matthew Capestro is originally from Tipton, Missouri and a member of Table of Grace Church in Jefferson City, Missouri. He served in the XPLOR program during its inaugural year in Ferguson, Missouri and is currently a pre-ministry student majoring in religion and philosophy at Eureka College.
Naiomi Gonzalez is graduating this spring with a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School. She will be attending George Mason University in the fall. She attends church at Refuge, a relatively new church community led by Disciples of Christ pastor Suzanne Castle and serves as a Graduate Assistant at the Brite’s Soul Repair Center. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Lexie Ofe is a junior at Huntingdon College where she studies English and religion. She is from Montgomery, Alabama and attends First Christian Church. She currently serves as an intern for the American Civil Liberties Union and has also worked as a summer intern for Disciples Home Missions in St. Louis, Missouri.
Disciples Peace Fellowship and Global Ministries are pleased to collaborate in the 2016 Missionary-in-Residence Peace Internship. This year, they will jointly host two Palestinian Christians to serve as Missionary-in-Residence Peace Interns alongside DPF’s three domestic interns. Disciples Peace Fellowship is excited to participate with the Global Ministries’ Middle East Initiative in this way.
Rachel Shomali and Minerva Halteh, two young Palestinian women nominated by the YWCA of Palestine, a partner through Global Ministries, will accompany Disciples Peace Fellowship’s domestic interns to camps and conferences this summer.
Minerva Halteh is from Jericho, Palestine. She attends the Greek Orthodox Church and is an active member of the YWCA, a partner of Global Ministries. Through her membership there, she has served on the national YWCA Palestine Peace and Justice Task Force and has travelled to Norway for Global Week’s Stop Poverty! Campaign as well as a trip last year to New York to participate in the 59th session of UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women. In school, Minerva studied computer system engineering and wishes to apply her study to benefit people in need.
Rachel Shomali is from the West Bank and attends New Life Community Church. She attends Birzeit University, where she is currently a junior studying marketing. Rachel spent her childhood living in Michigan, but moved to Palestine at age 12. She enjoys sports, especially basketball, and using sports to teach about social justice and women’s empowerment. Last summer, she worked in South Africa doing a sports ministry internship with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
To learn more about Disciples Peace Fellowship’s summer internships, please contact Phoebe Spier, DPF’s Intern Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about the Global Ministries Middle East Initiative, click here: http://www.globalministries.
2016 Peace Intern Schedules
Camp Addresses: Send the interns a postcard!
Alabama & NW Florida: Camp Chandler, 1240 Jordan Dam Rd, Wetumpka, AL 36092
Great River Region: Camp Couchdale, 301 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Indiana: Camp Barbee, 27 EMS B2 Ln, Leesburg, IN 46538
Kansas: Disciples Center at Tawakoni, 2914 SW Tawakoni Rd., Augusta, KS 67010
Kentucky: Camp Wakon’Da-Ho, 7900 KY-70 Liberty, KY 42539
New York UCC: Dunkirk Camp & Conference Center, 3602 East Lake Road, Dunkirk, NY 14040
Northwest: Camp Gwinwood, 6015 30th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Ohio: Camp Christian, 10335 Maple Dell Road, Marysville, Ohio 43040
Oregon & Southwest Idaho: Cascade Camp, 1321 W Mountain Road Cascade, Idaho 83611
Pacific Southwest: Loch Leven Camp, 8171 Mountain Home Creek Rd, Mentone CA 92359
Southwest (Mission West): Ceta Canyon, 37201 FM 1721, Happy, TX 79042
Tennessee: Bethany Hills Camp, 1080 Bethany Hills Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Upper Midwest: Christian Conference Center, 5064 Lincoln St, Newton, IA 50208
Virginia: Craig Springs Camp, 30 Craig Springs Circle, New Castle, VA 24127