Grace, our newest missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, shares with us her incredible journey to full time mission:
“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16
God truly does just that. He wants nothing more than to give us what our hearts desire. In my case, I didn’t think God knew what my heart desired. God’s invitation to do a mission with Heart’s Home scared me too much, so I went about looking for a less intimidating plan and told myself that it was more in line with what I wanted.
My plan led me to Buenos Aires, Argentina where I worked teaching English. I began visiting the Heart’s Home house once a week, it was a safe way to participate in the mission, but still keep time for myself and what I wanted. It didn’t take long for me to realize, however, that my heart wanted more, I wanted the whole thing. I decided to take a leap of faith and become a full time Heart’s Home missionary!
After completing the training for Heart’s Home missionaries in Argentina, my community had a “Sending Forth” Mass for me, right here in the chapel of the Heart’s Home in Buenos Aires. It was the first “Sending Forth” Mass that the house had had in all of its 20 years. One of the bishops of Buenos Aires came to celebrate the mass and I invited several friends from our neighborhood. I promised to live a life of prayer and contemplation, a life of service to those in my neighborhood, in particular the children, to embrace life in community, and to live in obedience to the Church.
God used my initial fear to give a beautiful gift to our friends here in the neighborhood, the chance to participate in the beginning of the mission, to hear the promises each missionary makes and share in the joy and excitement of this special event. As one of our friends commented after I spoke and thanked everyone for making the day so special, it was the first time she had heard a missionary give a speech who wasn’t about to leave, since she is accustomed to the good bye parties that take place at the end of all the missions.
This incredible experience has taught me to never be scared of what God wants, because He will never disappoint. It has also taught me to not be afraid of my failures, because even those God can use to bring joy and happiness to others. He cannot be outdone in his goodness and greatness.
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