Serve Well Blog

April 2012 Entries


5.20.12 is the KF Annual Day of Prayer

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Community, Faith/Theological Exploration, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Sustaining Service

Day of Prayer | 5.20

Kara with kids in BoliviaEach year, the KF marks May 20th as a special day of prayer for the life of The Krista Foundation extended community. We pause to remember the young adults accompanying people around the world in mutual service and learning. Krista Colleagues serving around the globe send in celebrations and prayer requests.

In Spokane: Join a gathering from 3-5PM at the Hearth for afternoon tea in the garden.
(9115 N. Mtn. View Lane, Spokane, 99218)
Elsewhere in the world: Join in prayer at 12 noon where you are.

To request the full Prayer Guide in PDF, please email (we will email it to you on the 18th).


2012 KF Annual Conference

The Krista Foundation | Service In The News

roots imageThe Krista Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 KF Annual Conference at Clearwater Lodge on Davis Lake (45 minutes NE of Spokane, WA). As a change this year, intergenerational Guests and mentors are invited to be present for daytime conference activities on EITHER: Saturday, May 26th for commissioning, lunch, and keynote address, or
Sunday, May 27th for Colleague-led worship, lunch, and the 2002 Colleague Panel

Guest Registration and details.

2012 theme

The 2012 Conference theme is "Growing Service Leadership: Rooted for Life." Participants will explore "rootedness" in the contexts of environment, faith, culture, and service. How do we develop and maintain healthy roots, nourishing connection to who we are and where we're from, amidst the challenges of service and transition? How do we encourage one another to balance roots and growth as we sustain a journey of service?

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Cynthia Moe-LobedaWe're thrilled to announce that Cynthia Moe-Lobeda is our keynote speaker, and a great fit for our theme and weekend conversations! Professor of Theology at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, Cynthia specializes in environmental, ecological, and gender ethics. Last year she was funded to work with the Dalit community and the schools of theology in India, She plans to continue to work with her colleagues in South Asia on pressing issues related to environmental justice. She will offer skillful insight to inform our theme.

Interactive Workshops are Underway...

workshopsWorkshops will provide networking on issues like popular education (tools that make our democracy work), translating service and "gap-job" work into career builders, photography skills and ethics, simple (and locavore) living beyond the service assignment, engaging interculturally wherever you're rooted, and exploring faith and prayer from different traditions.

2002 Krista Colleague Panel

2002 Krista Colleagus are invited back as mentors to share their service leadership journeys and to encourage younger Colleagues. The 2002 Colleague wisdom panel includes: Ph.D. professors, camp directors, medical/law expert students and professionals, and more.

What are you waiting for?! Please sign up to take advantage of this special opportunity to connect with and encourage young adults on their journey of service leadership!

Click here to register as a guest.


Colleague Considers Transferrable Skills from Service

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Developing Nations, Urban America, Business, Faith/Theological Exploration, Post-Service Term Reflections, Transitions Home & Beyond

Originally from the town of Anacortes, Washington, Dave Stalsbroten moved to Seattle with a passion, for "seeing young people mature to live in genuine, whole-hearted relationship with Jesus." Motivated by values of reconciliation, generosity, and justice, he followed a sense of call to serve with AMOS Health and Hope, a Christian NGO that offers preventive healthcare to underserved communities. In rural Nicaragua, Dave managed donor communications and logistics for short-term delegations from the U.S.

Dave and AbbyCurrently in a major season of transition, Dave just finished planning his wedding (Dave with his new wife Abby at left), and is working on building his professional résumé. Dave is an entrepreneur and connector at heart. He knows his service experiences have stretched and strengthened his skills. Visiting our office earlier this month he asked, "How am I supposed to distill these profound service lessons into business world one-liners?" His question is the launch point for a workshop we'll offer at our May Conference. What wisdom can you offer Dave? (PLEASE ADD A COMMENT BELOW)



Service Leadership Update- A Voice for Justice

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Urban America, Arts & Culture, Community, Education, Faith/Theological Exploration, Poverty: Urban US & International, Sustaining Service

nikkita oliver, photo by Contina Kemp"Justice, like people, has living impact" writes Nikkita Oliver ('08), who currently teaches poetry, debate and biblical leadership, and runs the chapel program at the Seattle Urban Academy (SUA). Serving for two years as a chaplain and service provider at the King County Youth Detention Center, Nikkita accompanied youth struggling in the system, and listened to their stories. "...The law should work to the benefit of the people,"writes Nikkita, "In my experience, I have not seen the law work as such." These troubling encounters have strengthened her resolve to bring legal literacy and empowerment to her south Seattle community.


Colleagues Nikkita Oliver '08 and Laura Wright '11She has a track record of developing community youth. An active musician and spoken word artist, Nikkita facilitates community spaces for youth to give voice to their world. A member of the 2011 KF Conference planning team, also she used her artistic gifts to lead the worship service. This month, Nikkita received the exciting news that she earned a full scholarship to attend the University of Washington Law School. The KF community celebrates Nikkita as she takes the next step on her journey of service leadership.