Glam Media Assistant
From Phoenix, AZ
God and the internet was how I first came across Heart’s Home. From the moment I found their site, I knew immediately that I didn’t just want to become an ambassador, but that I must become a compassion ambassador.
I was so naive when I first arrived at the slum ironically titled, Villa Jardin. I thought that I would come to these people and bring them love and compassion, but I quickly learned that it was I who would learn what these words meant and how to live them out on a daily basis, by the very people I came to serve. One example was Sergio. He was a homeless drunk and an outcast of the entire Villa. One day in passing by, he called me and another missionary over to his “home”, really just a pile of trash. He was with four other friends and they were vigilantly watching meat that was cooking on a makeshift fire. Sergio asked us to sit and we listened to him talk about his life. Once the meat was finished, he knelt down besides me and said "Friends, I don’t have much to share, but this little meal. Please, eat with us!" In all honesty, I couldn’t bring myself to eat their food. Fear ran through me thinking of all the diseases I could catch...what if this was dog? And I politely declined. He smiled and he put his hand on my knee and he said, “Brooke, you have eaten at the table of plenty of rich men. Please, eat at this poor man’s table.” These words have never left me. I pray that I am always as ready to eat at the poor man’s table as I am a rich man’s. This is compassion. This is what Heart’s Home brings to our world.
Currently I work as an assistant for a social media platform company in San Francisco. It is quite opposite from the austere life that I was living in the slums. However, people in the city and in my work are hungry for compassion and meaning. Through simple ways of actually listening to them while they talk, or smiling or remembering their name, I am able to find joy in living out each moment the life of love through compassion.