Hannah left in 2008 for a Heart’s Home mission in Chile. Her parents, who became close friends of Heart’s Home USA, shared with us their fears, apprehensions and joys about her settling overseas to volunteer as a Heart’s Home missionary
"Both Heart’s Home and we wanted to be certain that she would feel at ease"
“Our daughter Hannah began to consider the possibility of serving as a missionary with Heart’s Home after a friendship our family built for over two years with members of the movement.
Though coming from a non-Catholic tradition, our family was deeply touched by the joyful simplicity and prayerful dedication of all the members and associates we met at Heart’s Home. So when Hannah expressed a wish to explore the work of Heart’s Home further, we were at peace with her choice.
Nevertheless, both they and we wanted to be certain that she would feel at ease. Therefore, Hannah experienced a couple extended visits to Heart’s Home in Brooklyn before her actual time of training began.
It is only natural for parents to be concerned for their son or daughter’s well being in taking what appears to be such a radical step. We were thankful, however, to learn how carefully Hannah was looked after—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There was never any pressure put on her. In fact, Heart’s Home was careful and considerate at every step of her training and placement to make sure that Hannah was ready for the next step.
We always felt a great respect from Heart’s Home for our own faith tradition. And in the end, it was great joy for us to participate in Hannah’s Sending Forth ceremony knowing that we were united in our common love for Jesus and his wish that his compassion would be shared with all suffering humanity.
In the seven months now that Hannah has been gone, we marvel to experience her growing love for the people of her neighborhood in Valparaiso Chile, especially for the children and old people. They, as well as the members of her own Heart’s Home household, have found a special place in her heart.
The intense life of prayer that is lived at Heart’s Home has helped Hannah to both live out her Christian faith and to reflect deeply each day on what she experiences. Through regular correspondence and frequent visits from those responsible, she feels connected to the greater Heart’s Home movement.
We as her parents feel that in some small way we accompany her in her mission. We are reassured that Hannah has found a true home in Heart’s Home and that she is being nurtured as she seeks to give herself for others.
No matter what the time ahead may hold for Hannah, we feel that her service as a missionary is an investment for her future and that as a result she will emerge from it a stronger and more compassionate person.”
Ulster Park, New York