I’m Grace, a 22 year-old Michigan native. I graduated from Oakland University in April 2016 and in the following month left for Argentina to teach English there for a year. After arriving to the enormous capital city of Buenos Aires, which is home to almost half of the country’s population, I found myself feeling very alone; but then I met Heart’s Home. The whole community in Buenos Aires, lay missionaries, sisters, and priests, welcomed me, a lonely and homesick yankee (the name Argentinians use for all people from the U.S.) and gave me a home among them. I began spending Fridays at the house in the poor neighborhood of Villa Jardin, giving Sister Leticia English lessons, and attending all the community outings and events.
It was not surprising then, when I asked to share in their mission completely and live as a volunteer in the house, that their response was an enthusiastic “yes”. I thank God for this unique path He took me down to my mission. It was only after experiencing loneliness, and receiving the love of the community that I realized the importance of the mission. There are others who suffer much more than I ever have, who grow up in a world where they are far too familiar with neglect because their parents are involved in drugs, loneliness from having been abandoned at home, or losing the people they love due to jail and violence. These people need a family to embrace them, and a refuge where they feel safe so that they have hope for the heavenly family and home that they will one day inherit. Without hope, suffering is truly unbearable.
Thank you so much for trusting in God’s goodness and participating in this beautiful mission of love and compassion with me. We will not be reaching millions of people, putting an end to poverty, or defeating drugs and violence. Instead we will be giving a smile and a hug to a little boy whose mom is in jail, sharing a cup of tea and afternoon of conversation with an elderly lady who has lost her family, and giving a listening ear and open heart to a mother who helplessly witnesses her son’s life being destroyed by drugs. Together we will sow hope for our true and final home in heaven.