Krystal Norman is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in July 2014.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for two years of mission service. The program grew out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Krystal is serving as intern in community development with the Cape Town Bold Empowerment Partnership in Cape Town, South Africa. The nonprofit partnership, established in 2011, facilitates economic development among marginalized persons and families, notably in an area known as the Cape Flats, comprising neighborhoods with high unemployment and low formal educational achievement. Krystal’s work is concentrated in the Lavender Hill High School and Hanover Park youth programs.
Krystal is from Houston, Texas, where she is a member of St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church in the Texas Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Texas Southern University, Houston, and is completing a Master’s degree in cross-cultural ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary, Houston campus. She has taught 8th- and 9th-grade algebra and worked as a high school tutor. Her father is pastor of the Anointed House of Prayer in Houston.
Krystal experienced a call to mission at age 12, but did not realize the full impact of the call until at age 19 she was part of the first group of African-American students sent into short-term international service by Go Now Missions, a program of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. She went to Lusaka, Zambia. “My life was forever changed…I learned that my mission field is wherever my feet would take me, be it college, teaching, among family or friends, wherever.”
She says that she is “overwhelmed by God’s love that allows me to experience what I’m made for and also shows me how to be more like him in the process.”
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