We asked a few questions of our new young adult missionary, Lynda Sylvain. Here's what she said about working, living, and serving in Detroit. Welcome Lynda!
Who are you?
I am a protector,
I am a 25-year-old Haitian woman,
I am a woman trying to do better in this world,
I am a performer,
I don't shy away from a crowd,
I am a helper,
I am an advocate, If you ever find yourself without a voice, you can guarantee that If I'm around, I will speak up for you. I will always stand up for what's right in case of people being mistreated, bullying, etc.,
I say NO to the demands of the world. I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
I am a child of GOd trying to do right for his children of the world.
I am a young black woman trying to leave my mark in this world.
Why are you serving in Detroit?
Detroit wasn't my first choice through my application process. I actually sign up for the international track but because of some health issues, the program thought it would be better for me to stay in the US. So, I ended up choosing California, Virginia, and Michigan. I didn't get to choose Detroit, but I learned not to question where God sends me. I believe he has wonderful plans for me and my placement site that's why he placed me here.
What is GMF?
GMF standing for Global mission fellow is a missionary program from everywhere to everywhere. Missionaries are sent to different cities and countries to work with programs and communities that are fighting the injustice, helping the poor, and so on.
What are you excited about?
I'm excited about my job - so many skills to be learned, I'm excited to be helping, and to get a hands on experience. I'm excited to be in a new city, and to learn a new culture. I'm excited that I'm not in the same spot as I was a year ago. I'm excited about meeting new people. I'm nervous -- and yet excited to see snow. To experience this sort of winter "screaming internally."
What are you nervous about?
I'm nervous about winter as previously mentioned. I am nervous about my job. I had a weird experience with my previous missionary program where I didn't get the proper training and I was just thrown to the wolves, so it was super rocky for half the year I was there.
This is my second time working with non-profit so I'm usually used to the 90 days training etc, and after those 90 days, you never have to worry about me asking any questions cause I had the proper training, I usually know what I'm doing by then.
I'm never nervous once starting a new job cause I know how good I can be at what I do but because of last year experience, I've been a little worried but I've been praying and God is working on me.
What are two things you are hoping to accomplish at Motown?
1.) I can't wait to get through my first assignment and first summer at Motown
2.) Just to be awesome at what I do
Join us in supporting and praying for Lynda. She will be travelling to local churches to help raise her missionary salary. If you would like to learn more about Lynda, contact us at Motown Mission, and she would be glad to visit your church and share more about what she does as a GMF missionary, and volunteer/hospitality coordinator of Motown Mission!