Emily Jeske had such an interesting childhood...she grew up in India as her father was a Lutheran missionary. This life gave her much opportunity to visit many countries and cultures: as she said, she got to “see God's beautiful world”! Looking back on the experience, she is happy to have seen so much cultural diversity. It has made her realize that everyone around the world is the same and that people have the same basic needs and desires.
Her upbringing sparked in her the desire to help others.
Emily joined Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in 1978. She loves the friendliness of the congregation and enjoys the many times there is “sharing”, which allows her to learn about other members woes and wows. Emily has been the chair, for many years, of Social Ministry. She enjoys delivering beds to children of less fortunate families (One House at a Time). She also works with Interfaith, an organization that helps families find stability with temporary housing. There are many things that Emily loves about UDLC. She feels the church has great vision, which is why it is a growing congregation. She also thinks it does great outreach work, “caring for others instead of ourselves”. Emily feels that “God calls us to help other people”. It's apparent that her father laid the groundwork and she embraced it!