• March 18, 2014

Kelly N. - the Philippines, 2014-2015

“We love, because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19

I am so excited to begin this new adven­ture as a Heart’s Home Missionary. Since early high school I have felt the Lord has placed the desire on my heart to serve him as a for­eign mis­sionary, a desire that has only become stronger throughout my four years at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where I will be grad­u­ating in May with a B.A. in Theology.

I am the second of six kids; I have an older brother, three younger sis­ters and a little brother. I have been so blessed to be sur­rounded by so many amazing Christian wit­nesses throughout my life, the first of which are my par­ents. I am so grateful to them for passing on their faith and intro­ducing me to Christ and to their great love for family and serving others. I have encoun­tered the joy and the love of Christ in my own life and I desire to share that same joy and love with others. I par­tic­u­larly have felt drawn to Heart’s Home because of their life lived in com­mu­nity, grounded in daily prayer, and cen­tered on the Eucharist.I find their min­istry of pres­ence and main charism of com­pas­sion, which is lived among both the spir­i­tu­ally and mate­ri­ally poor, very beau­tiful. I want to learn and to live in this “school of love.” Yet, why is it that I should feel such a strong desire and call to leave behind what I know and love here to go so far away? All I can really say is that the Lord has a unique voca­tion for each of us and He is opening my eyes and my heart to embrace a larger family. The closer we draw to Christ and his Church the more we are united and the closer we become to one another, even when geo­graph­i­cally we may be so far apart!

The Lord has so much to teach me and to show me over mis­sion and I am so excited to spend this time with him and his people in the Philippines. As my brothers and sis­ters in Christ I ask for your prayers and sup­port as I pre­pare for this mis­sion. I cannot do this alone and I look for­ward to sharing this adven­ture with you!

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