Hallie Pilcher, of Roanoke, Va., has undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor.

Pilcher earned her high school diploma in 2011 from a home school program and in 2012 graduated from Virginia Western Community College, where she worked as a peer math tutor and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

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Her assignment to Brethren Disaster Ministries followed an orientation at the Brother David Darst Center in Chicago, Ill., where a group of eight 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 Chicago and an organic farm in North Manchester, Ind.

She is taking part in a long standing tradition of ministry through service.

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