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Seminary Student Joins Fight Against Poverty and Hunger

North Park Theological Seminary student Evelmyn Ivens

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2010) – North Park Theological Seminary student Evelmyn Ivens is helping Bread for the World expand its connection with local Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) congregations, especially Latino churches.

Ivens is serving a one-year internship with Bread, a national organization that seeks to alleviate hunger and poverty at home and abroad. Much of its efforts revolve around lobbying. Bread’s training programs for leaders have excellent reputations, and Ivens is helping plan and promote its Hunger Justice Leaders 2010 training. The event will focus on training advocates between the ages of 20 and 30 in community organizing, and it will include a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill.

Ivens is also helping with Bread’s work to translate its materials into Spanish. A majority of Latino churches in the ECC denomination are unfamiliar with Bread, she says. Her father, Tomas, is pastor of Esperanza Covenant Church, the first Latino congregation in the Great Lakes Conference. As part of her work, Ivens has spoken before a gathering of Latino Covenant pastors and plans to do so again. She also appears in Bread's Spanish-speaking promotional video.

“What people do here is really inspiring,” says Ivens, who is working toward her master of arts in theological studies. Although she was interested in justice issues prior to her internship, she notes that she has become much more aware of them and more determined to fight hunger since working at Bread.

The deadline for applying to attend the Hunger Justice Leaders event is March 12. All expenses are paid for applicants who are accepted. For more information, contact Ivens by calling (202) 464–8156.