• April 27, 2015

Lindsay W. - on mission in El Salvador

Ever since I first encoun­tered Heart’s Home I was drawn to the beau­tiful charism of com­pas­sion and sim­plicity. Every visit left me with a sense of lasting peace and a longing to give of myself in such a beau­tiful way. I have always felt drawn to serving the poor. From a young age, my family taught me that ser­vice was impor­tant to being Christian and helped me to have many oppor­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer. For as long as I can remember I desired to be a mis­sionary.

Whenever I chose to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville, I chose to study Psychology because I clearly remember stating that “I just wanted to love people” and that was the way I felt I could do that. My four years at Franciscan gave me count­less oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn and grow as a person; it also gave me count­less oppor­tu­ni­ties to love and serve. From home­less min­istry to hos­pital min­istry to my friends at school, I learned more and more what it truly meant to love: not only when love is easy, but also when it is dif­fi­cult, when we are pre­sented with another person’s cross. Looking back, I can clearly see that the Lord was cul­ti­vating the gift of com­pas­sion in my heart: teaching me to be truly com­pas­sionate, espe­cially through the exam­ples of others.

After much prayer and dis­cern­ment of what I should be doing after grad­u­a­tion, I have clearly heard, in a small, still voice, that the Lord is leading me to ded­i­cate a year of my life to this mis­sion of Heart’s Home, and I will be seeking Him in the face of those in El Salvador!

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