, of Harmony, Minn., and
, of St. Petersburg, Fla., have undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor.
Himlie was in the 2012 graduating class from Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, and has completed his first year at McPherson College, where he is studying Religion and Philosophy. He is a member of Root River Church of the Brethren in Preston, Minn. He has been an active member in the Church of Brethren working at Camp Pine Lake as a counselor, serving on the Northern Plains District Board as a youth representative, and served on the National Youth Cabinet.
Smith is a recent graduate from the Saint Petersburg High School. He has volunteered much of his time at the Saint Petersburg Free Clinic. He is a member of Saint Petersburg First Church of the Brethren in Saint Petersburg. As a member of the church, he has participated in a Disaster Relief Trip to Alabama, to National Youth Conference, and to Camp Ithial, all of which have lead him to this year of service.
Their assignment to Brethren Disaster Ministries followed an orientation at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, where a group of 24 volunteers came together from all over the United States and Germany. For three weeks, they lived together as a community and studied topics of nonviolence, human rights, poverty, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in New Windsor, Harrisburg, Pa., and New Oxford, Pa. Orientation builds community spirit among participants through personal sharing, fellowship and increased knowledge of the world.