Friends brace for Michigan winter

Paul Perez meets Lynda Sylvain (left) and Grace Okerson during their Global Mission Fellow training in Atlanta last August.

Two Haitian-born missionaries from Florida talk about their ministry in Detroit.

KARI C. BARLOW
Florida Conference

Lynda Sylvain and Grace Okerson crack up when they talk about the coming Detroit winter.

“We’re scared,” Sylvain quipped. “We’re going to freeze!”

And she’s probably right.

Sylvain and Okerson, newly commissioned Global Mission Fellows (GMF) with the United Methodist’s General Board of Global Ministries, are both Haitian-born Floridians who grew up in the sweltering heat of the greater Miami area.

But these energetic 20-somethings are far more excited than worried, as they embark on a two-year mission experience in the Motor City.

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