Charlotte arrived in Lima on September 18, 2010. She joined the Heart’s Home team in Barrios Altos, composed by Tim (American), Alejandra, Cecilia (Argentinians), Benjamin (Chilean) and Jessika (Salvadorian).
"My new brothers and sisters have been my official tour guides and teachers. They have given the word “hospitality” a whole new meaning for me. Not only did they immediately share their food, bedrooms, and bathrooms with me, but they have been by my side every second of every day helping me do everything from navigating the book of prayers to washing my laundry.
However, I must admit that accepting their help has been a bit of a battle with my pride as I like to consider myself a fairly independent person. But perhaps that is exactly why I am here, away from my home, away from my country, and away from my language.
I have been told many times that in order to share love and compassion with other people, we must first allow ourselves to be loved and cared for. As simple as that sounds, it is a true struggle for me; it is an act of humility that I don’t think I have ever been fully open to. It is admitting that I am weak, that I don´t have all the answers, and that I desperately need the presence not only of other people, but moreover the ever-faithful presence of the Holy Spirit.
Here in Lima, I have no other option than to accept this reality. Somehow this acknowledgement of dependence is utterly liberating."