Emma’s Story

Emma Stovall

As I was coming to the end of my time at the University of Virginia, I knew the Lord had put the desire in my heart to serve him, love him in the poor and in teenagers, and live in a community where I could continue to be formed and grow in my faith. I found all three in Vagabond Missions! My heart burned as I heard about the ways Vagabond missionaries love teens in underserved communities that the Church has often failed to love well and earn the right to be heard in order to share the Gospel with them; I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of that.

What I did not know was how much being a Vagabond missionary would completely transform my heart and relationship with Christ. As a missionary, I have been forced to rely entirely on the Lord – that he will provide words when I don’t know what to say, that he will provide hope amid the suffering our teens face when there is nothing we can do, and that he will reveal himself to these teens and draw them to himself in his timing, not mine. This continues to teach me what living out complete surrender to the Lord means: his will, not ours, be done.


Become a Missionary

Teens in the inner-city face a cycle of neglect, violence, and broken family life. This destructive environment has dire consequences for them and society. Vagabond Missions intervenes during this time of crisis by inviting them into a relationship with God and others. Through outreach and mentorship, teens experience hope for their lives and a place to call home.

We currently have 13 missions in nine cities: Baton Rouge, LA; Greenville, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Mobile, AL; Oklahoma City, OK; Philadelphia, PA; four sites in Pittsburgh, PA; Steubenville, OH; and two sites in Wichita, KS.

Join this life-changing mission and become a Vagabond missionary today.