Melissa Wilson, of Salem, Va., recently took on a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor.
Wilson is a member of Copper Hill Church of the Brethren in Copper Hill, Va. She has previously worked in the fields of retail and in-home senior call and now feels called to serve with BVS.
Her assignment to Brethren Disaster Ministries followed an orientation at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Fla., where a group of 13 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, peacemaking, human rights, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in Orlando and Miami.