• January 21, 2014

3 years later: the mission is just starting

By Julian L., Hearts Home Alumni from Washington, DC who served in Manila, Philippines from 2010-2011.

“After my return from my mis­sion in the Philippines, my life took a 180-degree turn as I started med­ical school. I thought nothing would ever com­pare to the suf­fering and the poverty I saw in the slums of the Philippines.

As a third year med­ical stu­dent I get to work in dif­ferent hos­pi­tals in Brooklyn. I will never forget one of my dying patients who suf­fered tremen­dously. A.M. was an elderly woman with pneu­monia and end stage renal failure. She only had a few days left to live. Even though she was dying, I never saw any friends or family visit her. I was so sad­dened by her sit­u­a­tion that one after­noon I felt com­pelled to be by her side and simply hold her hand for a few min­utes as she strug­gled to stay alive. She had no one else to accom­pany her. This would be the last time I saw her since she died that night.

Unfortunately, the lone­li­ness and suf­fering I have seen working in inner city hos­pi­tals in Brooklyn is far greater than any­thing I expe­ri­enced during my mis­sion in the Philippines. I will never forget seeing hun­dreds of the loneliest and most depressed people in a Psychiatric ward. It is so heart­breaking! Only now can I begin to under­stand why Mother Theresa called New York City the poorest and loneliest city in the world. For me, the Hearts Home mis­sion of com­pas­sion didn’t end when I left the Philippines; rather it is just begin­ning.”

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Click on Picture to watch Julian and others from Heart’s Home
being interviewed on Tu Fe al Dia,NET TV.
(Interview in Spanish: La Espiritualidad de la Compasion)

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