by Lisa Mendez
The “Follow the Star” alumni weekend was very eye opening for me! I almost did not attend because of travel plans, but since I had missed the last three I thought I had to go at least once. I have been back from my mission for three years now. Last summer I felt I had put that part of my life behind me and that I know needed to figure out what life here in the US is all about. As the alumni weekend unfolded, I thought I would be saying hello and goodbye to old and new friends, but as the Lord would have it he brought me there to find another reality.
My life as a Heart’s Home volunteer is never over! The beautiful “star” which, was Jesus’ calling me to learn and live compassion, lead me to find Heart’s Home back in 2011 was like the “star” the wise men followed when looking for Jesus. Just like the wise men as they left Jesus in the stable I now also know that “Star” will forever be a part of me. Just like the Wise men left happy full of love and joy at the reality that their king and savior was born and part of them forever, I also have now realized this! I did not go back to say goodbye and end my time with Heart’s Home, but to catch a glimpse and have that flame that burned bright at one time during my mission be set ablaze! I know now that Heart’s home is in my heart and will continue to call me to spread compassion wherever I go! It was a beautiful realization that my mission in Manila The Philippines was a school that taught me about compassion and love for my life now. No matter where I am or work I get to live this compassion in another setting with humanity. What a beautiful weekend I lived!