by Savanna, volunteer in the Garden of Mercy, India.
“Every day I grow deeper in relationship with the people here, while also growing deeper in relationship with the culture. It is truly a growth. I am learning a new way to simply just be and be free. The freedom of who you are is very encouraged and upheld here in the Garden. The fruit of this freedom that I find within Heart’s Home is an ever increasing love and passion for The Lord and all of His children. This love is very simple but at the same time it is very raw and honest and truly wills the good of the other person. It is a love that is not near the surface, it is very deep; and I am so incredibly blessed to be able to learn this love. The gaze of my community when I am speaking or just being with them is a place of rest for me. I truly feel seen and understood. In the sense of my spirituality, my true identity, and who I am. Through my community, this land, this way of life, I am being nourished. My prayer is just that God continues to open my eyes!
I am just living here. Giving of myself in new ways that are difficult but I have learned to do everything with joy, because of the love I find here. Every encounter, every experience is something I cherish so greatly. From the beginning, I was encouraged: “Do not lose time! Be present to every moment, be truly in India, be with the Indians, and immerse yourself.” I have learned this is so important and I continue to learn every day. The life of prayer here is constant. Everything we do here is a prayer, which is so important to the community. Every dish we wash, every math problem we teach, every conversation we have, every Mass is a prayer that just propels the community. It is the foundation of the Garden of Mercy and a sturdy one at that.”