“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..” Jeremiah 29:11
I come from a family that is as generous as they are loud. I am constantly blessed with unconditional love, positive regard, support, compassion and I want to share this! It has always been the desire of my heart to volunteer, to share my time and my energy. The timing never seemed right though, there was always university or family or personal commitments that at the time seemed to be getting in the way. Little did I know that God was not only teaching me patience and humility but was also persistently shaping me to embark on this journey of compassion. How amazing He is! I am now a social worker and I feel ready to go out into the world and try to be all that I am called to be in Christ’s love.
My first experience of compassion and mission was in Nepal early in 2013. It was a profound, beautiful and humbling experience. I found myself in awe of the women and children that I spent time with, their simple faith, enthusiasm for God and generous spirit blew me away. It was then, I believe, that God gave me the gift of being able to see each human being with the eyes of the heart and to begin to unravel the mystery of love. What I learnt through this experience was that, it didn’t matter what goodies I took with me, it didn’t matter what I could or couldn’t do for them, all that mattered was my presence, my time. This said to them that I cared and that they mattered. It also showed me the true beauty within each person stripping away the trappings of the world and I found that I could not ignore this beauty. Then amazingly I stumbled upon Heart’s Home and fell in love with the way they live their mission and their pillars of compassion, community and prayer. God’s ways are mysterious and beautiful and so perfect all the time.
Now excitingly I find myself about to embark on this journey of faith and love and leave to India for 14 months. I cannot and do not want to do this alone, so I invite you all to come on this journey with me. I can assure you that it will be beautiful, precious, challenging and absolutely amazing. Let us carry this love so vividly expressed at Calvary with us to serve them, our brothers and sisters, for ‘in giving of ourselves we receive’ (Prayer of St Francis of Assisi)