Brethren Volunteer Service holds winter orientation, seeks applicants

By Pauline Liu and Michael Brewer-Berres

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) will be hosting an in‐person orientation at Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Va., from Jan. 18 to Feb. 4, 2022. This winter Unit 330 will have four volunteers, three of whom are coming through EIRENE, a partner organization in Germany.

The new volunteers are:
Marvin Blenkle from Berlin, Germany
Tate Johnson from McPherson, Kan., with connections to McPherson Church of the Brethren
Johannes Stitz from Gütersloh, Germany
Florian Wesseler from Gütersloh, Germany

For three weeks, BVSers and staff will live in community while building relationships through meaningful conversations, daily devotions, cooking, and working together. They also will take time to get to know the local Virginia community through service and worship.

For more information on future orientations and other FAQs about BVS, please visit www.brethrenvolunteerservice.org. Upcoming orientation dates are:

Summer orientation
July 31-Aug. 19
Camp Wilbur Stover, New Meadows, Idaho
Applications are due June 19 (with flexibility)

Fall orientation
Sept. 18-Oct. 7
Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, Mich.
Applications are due Aug. 7 (with flexibility)

— Pauline Liu is the volunteer coordinator for Brethren Volunteer Service. Michael Brewer-Berres is a BVSer and the orientation assistant.


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