By Marc Dorneles
Marc had some time in his hands during the couple of weeks he stayed in Lima, Peru, with his wife. He “chose the better half” and came to help us reach out to our friends in La Ensenada and Barrios Altos, the two neighborhoods where Heart’s Home (Puntos Corazón, in Spanish) is present in Lima:
“The most striking aspect of the Puntos Corazón family to me is that it is abundantly clear that each member of the community is a special individual in that they are responsive to the Holy Spirit’s movement in their lives and its call to mission. It is a vivid picture of the reality of Christ’s presence in the world. To meet these beautiful, generous, spiritually alive, young people in a totally random part of the world or even Lima itself, is quite something. To be with them as they pray, eat, plan, encounter and minister to the locals and their children by their presence is even more impressive.
God’s grace is often manifested to us in quiet moments and in subtle but powerful ways. That is how I felt at adoration with the Puntos Corazón family. It was the centrality of Christ that animated the experience. I also felt this very strongly visiting a poor family in the mountains at Puente Piedra. They had beautiful children and it was very moving because I knew that I too, as one participating in the mission, was living the Gospel and accordingly, felt the love of God’s presence in that family and there among us. In a random, beaten up, poor house on the side of a dirt mountain in the outskirts of Lima!
My time volunteering was a challenging and very joyful experience. One that definitely made me grow. The kind of joy I received from it is the kind that simply cannot be found in nice things or a comfortable lifestyle. The “chicos”, as the local community in Lima calls the volunteers, simply beam with a true joy that is overwhelmingly obvious, as though they couldn’t hide it if they tried and it is very contagious!
Like Jesus said to Martha in the Gospels, Puntos Corazón’s Missionaries have “chosen the better half” for the time they participate and that experience: the difference of having the deep, fulfilling joy that only Christ gives and that the world absolutely cannot. My short experience as well, will remain always. ”