• February 22, 2008

The Lay Missionaries

India, 2003.

The Heart’s Home vol­un­teers are young people (from 21 to 35 years old) who ded­i­cate their time to serve the poor. They enter long-term (from 14 to 24 months) full-time work as catholic Lay mis­sion­aries in deprived areas all over the world.

"They are enthusiastic souls who lead with conviction a permanent prayer life within a community based on forgiveness and mutual love".
Archbishop Pelvi (Italy)

These catholic vol­un­teers share a simple life of com­mu­nity prayer within a mis­sionary house (a Heart’s Home), or in a Heart’s Home vil­lage and ded­i­cate their time to chil­dren and fam­i­lies in need.

The ser­vices they accom­plish involve, but are not lim­ited to:

  • Operating as day care centers to provide children with a safe place to play and do their homework.
  • Visiting the elderly, the sick and the homebound, helping them to gain access to health care, providing end of life services or simply companionship.
  • Bringing assistance to the poorest, helping them to get food, medicines, clothes, and decent housing.
  • Visiting the most abandoned in prisons, garbage dumps, slums, orphanages and hospitals.
I believe my calling involves serving God’s most precious people, the poor, by simply sharing God’s love with them. The Heart’s Home program seems like the perfect opportunity for me to do my part in changing the world. It allows the missionaries to live like the poor while helping, loving and serving them. But first and foremost, Heart’s Home can allow the people of the world to change me.”
Megan, Missionary in Peru

More than 1,200 young people have been vol­un­teering with Heart’s Home since 1990.

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