When I went to my Come and See weekend in October 2010, I knew there was something different about Heart’s Home and I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to volunteer with them. In August of 2011, after graduating from the University of Tulsa, I went to La Ensenada, Peru for 14 months to serve as a volunteer with Heart’s Home.
It was an amazing, challenging, and insightful time in my life. I learned much about myself and the world at large. More importantly, I developed a personal relationship with Christ and came to know and love Him in my brothers and sisters of community and our friends.
I returned to Oklahoma in October 2012 and settled back in to life in the U.S. by finding a job and pursuing a Master’s degree. I joined the Fraternity of Saint Maximilian Kolbe within Heart’s Home as a way to stay close to the movement and to Christ. Recently, I have felt the call to go deeper into the charism and have decided to go on a second mission to see what that call might lead to.
Five years after getting on a plane to Peru, I will be getting on a plane to go to Ecuador. I am so excited to follow the rhythm of prayer and of life that Heart’s Home offers me. I can’t wait to meet the friends in Guayaquil and to speak Spanish all day every day again. Most importantly, I am looking forward to being completely available to loving Christ and letting Him love me in a much deeper way.