• August 28, 2012

Regina M. - Ukraine, 2011- 2013

“Without love, deeds, even the most bril­liant, count as nothing.” ― Thérèse de Lisieux

Hello! My name is Regina Marie MacMurtrie. I am 18 years old and I live in the sub­urbs out­side of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with my loving and humor-filled family con­sisting of my mom and dad, brother and two sis­ters, my grand­mother, and two cats. This past June I grad­u­ated from high school. Over the past sev­eral years I tried to figure out what direc­tion my life should take. I was a gym­nast for eleven years and I can hon­estly say that gym­nas­tics helped me become the person I am today. Gymnastics is one of my pas­sions and it is one of the things that makes me happy. I also enjoy reading, singing, speaking in an array of var­ious accents, pre­tending I can dance, laughing with my mag­nif­i­cent and totally lov­able family, and having intel­lec­tual con­ver­sa­tions about faith with my beau­tiful youth group friends.

In August 2011 I attended World Youth Day with my youth group in Madrid, Spain. It was an exciting and inspiring oppor­tu­nity to share my faith with two mil­lion young people from all over the world. I went to Madrid with plans for my future in the back of my mind: grad­uate from high school and attend col­lege. I came home, how­ever, with God’s plan for me on my heart: serving His people for a year.

I spent my senior year trying to find a suit­able mis­sionary orga­ni­za­tion but kept hit­ting dead ends. God and I played a con­tin­uous game of “Do You Trust Me?” It was not until May that I stum­bled across Heart’s Home online. Though I had no real con­vic­tions about it, I liked the ser­vice done by Heart’s Home and even more, the people involved. After the “Come and See Weekend” every­thing fell into place and I found Heart’s Home was yet another thing that made me happy. And there was God, whis­pering in my ear, “See? I told you that you could trust Me.” And now here I am: 18 years old and about to embark on the adven­ture of a life­time with God, Mary our Mother, and my girl, St. Thérèse; she espe­cially has always inspired me.

Beginning in October of 2012 I will be living in L’viv, Ukraine. The next 14 months will be filled with Love, Compassion, Openness, so much Learning and, of course, Trust.

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