by Gaby Franchois, alumnus Honduras 2012-2014
This last month of May, Gaby F., Melanie D. (Heart’s Home Brooklyn) and Katie (alumni from Ecuador) had the opportunity to discover the Pacific Northwest, specifically the state of Washington, and give testimony to their life- changing experiences with Heart’s Home.
“While a large part of our goal was to be able to meet with large groups of people to get the word out about Heart’s Home, we found that Providence provided us with a handful of personal encounters that helped us delve deeper into understanding the importance of Christian fellowship and friendships. We were shown a level of hospitality in Seattle by someone that we only knew through three degrees of separation, who literally welcomed us with open arms to stay in her home and was so excited to share with us our three day experience in Seattle. She showed us all around her Presbyterian church, demonstrating to us the hospitality and care that exists within her own Christian community and shared with us her own capacity and simultaneous need to love and be loved. We met an old friend of mine just to share dinner with him. We were able to speak one-on-one to a couple of people at the University of Washington Newman Center.
Taking this trip just weeks after returning from my year and a half in Honduras with Heart’s Home, I was again reminded of our mission of fraternal charity in my own country, the value of being present to the encounters with what and who God presents us. I was amazed at the way that we started the entire trip with our plans and our goals, and were surprised in completely unexpected ways to see Christ in the encounters that He wanted us to have. It is the same way I often felt on mission in Honduras, giving me this beautiful revelation that my mission of living a compassionate presence did not end as I got on the plane back to the US. We all left Seattle feeling as though the meetings we did have were with people who will welcome us back, giving the opportunity for Heart’s Home to find more homes in more hearts.”