Erica will leave in December 2010 for a 14-month mission in Brazil.
It was quite amazing to fly from Arizona to Brooklyn, show up at a Rectory of seven French people and one Argentinean, and find such deep, soulful friendship with four other American girls who, like me, were about to embark on a Heart’s Home mission. This shared experience united us in a special way, along with the others living in the house who were there to help us grow. In addition to beautiful friendship, I saw firsthand how the Holy Spirit delivers joy through the Heart’s Home charism. Laughter filled all of us for the entirety of the two weeks—a kind of happiness that had been foreign to me lately. For this, I know that it was a gift of the Spirit. At every meal, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there would be bursts of laughter that often led to tears. We did dishes in laughter and even brought laughter to our friends in the neighborhood.
We were each experiencing deep growth and healing in ourselves in preparation to leave our families and serve God in all different countries—Africa, India, Brazil, Austria, and Thailand. In my own personal experience, the eruptions of laughter acted like super glue in mending the shattered pieces in my heart. It was such an unexpected beauty, a beauty that helped assure me that I was in the right place. When we give our lives to God and invite Him to do His will, He provides exactly what we need—which in my case was complete and total joy. I got a tiny glimpse at the spectacular things that happen in simple friendship and love—which is the mission and purpose of Heart’s Home.