Bonjour! Salaam aleekum! My name is Sofia and I am 23 years old. I recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana where I studied International Development, Anthropology and German. I am very happy to say that beginning in January, I will be spending two years living and serving with Heart’s Home in Dakar, Senegal.
I have been a missionary kid for as long as I can remember. My parent’s work in medical missions brought our family to reside in Africa and then in South America. I am very grateful for my upbringing and the exposure I had to experiencing other cultures and understanding the value in serving others with one’s time, talent and treasure. Now that I have graduated from college, I want to experience missionary life as an adult and discern whether continuing a similar lifestyle is the path for me. I found myself drawn to Heart’s Home because of its explicit Catholic identity and its emphasis on cultivating a strong spiritual life. Heart’s Home was one of the few organizations that I came across that brought community, prayer, and practice together under the same roof. This is important to me because I believe that a strong relationship with God is the crux of being able to more perfectly serve, understand and love others. And really, that’s what this particular mission is all about: to be a loving presence to those that society often finds exhausting to love or “unfitting” to receive love, e.g. the elderly, the mentally ill, the homeless, etc.
I welcome all those who are interested to join me in my mission to be a loving presence to others. Whether you are able to contribute with money, prayers, advice, (etc.!) please know that I am only able to take two years to make myself available to others in this way because of YOUR generosity. During my time abroad, I will be writing letters to update all of my benefactors and prayer warriors on the work I will be doing, the friendships that will arise, my moments of epiphany, and the overall transformation that will occur in my heart over the next two years. To join my mission in any of the ways mentioned above and receive these updates in your inbox (or mailbox) every now and then, please click the “Sponsor” link below.
I once heard a speaker say that no matter the situation “if love happens, then God wins!” This is the Heart’s Home mission in a nutshell. My dear friends, I invite you to join me in making this victorious love a concrete reality.