LEWISTON — Lydia Derosier of Sabattus has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service assignment with Maine Area Home School Project.

Maine Area Home School Project provides a Christian education to Brethren families and others who desire an education in an atmosphere of high moral values based on the Word of God. The mission seeks to make an impact on young lives so that these youth will, in turn, be an asset to the community.

The school endeavors to make tuition affordable in an area that is not economically prosperous, so that those who seek mission education will have a chance to receive it.

Derosier received her high school diploma in 2013. She is a member of Lewiston Church of the Brethren and has served as youth activity coordinator, preschool Sunday school teacher, and vacation Bible school assistant teacher. She enjoys reading, painting, photography and drama.

Derosier’s assignment to Maine Area Home School Project followed an orientation at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., where a group of four volunteers joined from all over the United States and Germany.

For 10 days 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 New Windsor and Washington, D.C.

BVS, established in 1948, works at advocating justice, peacemaking, serving human needs and caring for creation. Approximately 85 BVSers serve in the U.S. and abroad working with various peace and social/economic justice organizations. They focus on current social needs, including care for children, youth and senior citizens; ecological issues; homelessness; refugee assistance; domestic and international peacemaking; and general community services.

In exchange for their work, volunteers receive room, board and a small monthly stipend from their project. Brethren Volunteer Service, a program of the Church of the Brethren, is open to any person 18 years or older interested in service through a Christian program.

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