• April 22, 2014

Mayra G. - Brazil, 2014-2015

I was born in Ecuador and lived there until I was 14 years old before I moved to Chicago. I was raised by a loving and strong mother and a very hard working dad. I have a younger sister and brother with whom I have been blessed to share a pas­sion for the evan­ge­liza­tion of the youth. Coming to the U.S. was not an easy tran­si­tion to make, but now that I look back, I can see God’s unde­ni­able pres­ence in every step we took and I can be reas­sured that he will keep guiding me and my family as I embark in a new mis­sion this coming August in Brazil.

I have ded­i­cated most of my life to serving God through the evan­ge­liza­tion of the Hispanic Youth in my Archdiocese, Chicago. And thanks to this time of ser­vice I have come to expe­ri­ence God’s love in many dif­ferent ways; He is alive, He is with me, and He needs me, all of me. I cannot be more grateful to have met people that have inspired me to follow Christ and prove to me again and again that His love is the only thing that can make us truly happy and give our life a pur­pose.

Besides serving in the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, I cur­rently work as a System Administrator/Technician, and although I really enjoy my job, I know that I could not go any longer with this great desire in my heart, a desire to serve God not only with my time, but with all of me. Heart’s Home fits per­fectly with this desire as I have seen how a loving pres­ence can make a huge impact on a kid’s life, a sick or a lonely person. Many of our society’s most serious prob­lems are rooted in lack of love and under­standing. Having the oppor­tu­nity to be part of this net­work of God’s pres­ence and com­pas­sion is truly a blessing. I’m really excited to see what He has in store for me and for every person that I will encounter in Brazil, and I hope that you can join me as well through your prayers and sup­port.

"To those who suffer, God does not provide argu­ments which explain every­thing; rather, his response is that of an accom­pa­nying pres­ence, a his­tory of good­ness which touches every story of suf­fering and opens up a ray of light. In Christ, God him­self wishes to share this path with us and to offer us his gaze so that we might see the light within it. Christ is the one who, having endured suf­fering, is "the pioneer and per­fecter of our faith” Pope Francis- Lumen Fidei

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