For the past four years, I have had the privilege of living in Steubenville, OH and attending Franciscan University. I am now a graduate with my Bachelor’s in Social work. As most college graduates, I have been faced with the question “what do I do with my life now?” The Lord did not allow me to dwell upon this question long as He brought Heart’s Home to my attention. Ever since I was in middle school, it has been on my heart to go on a long-term mission out of my desire to love and serve people. I thought what better time than now? Heart’s Home stood out to me because of its unique approach to mission life. The mission statement resonated within my heart and I knew from the first time I read about it, that this is where the Lord was calling me.
Heart’s Home reaches out to individuals in every community to give support to them. It seeks out the isolated and suffering to be a friend to them. As missionaries, we are to recognize the intrinsic value of each individual and to love and serve them. My passion to love and serve people is what brought me to Heart’s Home, as it did to a career in social work. I now have the privilege of giving myself to the people of El Salvador for 18 months!
“God has raised up this Little Company . . . for his love and good pleasure . . . [and] we are bound to show it [love] by leading people to love God and their neighbor; to love the neighbor for the sake of God and God for the sake of the neighbor. We have been chosen by God as instruments of his boundless and fatherly love which desires to be established in and to replenish souls.”
- St. Vincent de Paul