• July 8, 2009

Being parents of a missionary (testimony of Scott H.)

Thailand, October 2003.

Here are the thoughts of Noemie’s father about her mis­sion com­mit­ment with Heart’s Home. Noemie was sent as a Heart’s Home mis­sionary in Thailand. She left just after fin­ishing her studies and stayed there from November 2007 until June 2009.

Noemie had been wanting to engage in some sort of human­i­tarian pro­ject prac­ti­cally since she was just out of high school. She wanted to take a year off from school between her junior and senior year of col­lege, how­ever we felt that she needed to finish school first. Had we known then what we know now we would have been far more insis­tent, though in the end no cred­ible pro­jects sur­faced and she fin­ished school nor­mally.

Noemie selected Heart’s Home her­self after doing her own research. When she pre­sented her pro­ject to us I was impressed from the begin­ning, though my wife was not. The orga­ni­za­tion appeared (and proved to be) well struc­tured and above all anchored in the Lord. I liked that Noemie had to raise her own spon­sors and that she was account­able to them during her mis­sion. It was clear to me that God was guiding Noemie toward this mis­sion.

The mis­sion itself was EXTREMELY well-struc­tured and super­vised. That being said how­ever, the con­di­tions the vol­un­teers (who are only girls in Thailand) dealt with were dif­fi­cult, requiring matu­rity, humility, and per­se­ver­ance. Had she under­taken this mis­sion two years ear­lier, I am not cer­tain that she would have been as well-equipped. We never feared for her safety nor her health and we were able to com­mu­ni­cate reg­u­larly with her. At the end of her mis­sion she was given time to wel­come us into her new world and that was well worth the trip - I highly rec­om­mend it to all par­ents. Through her sponsor let­ters and our trip to visit her, both my wife and I became very sup­portive - and proud - of her having under­took such a demanding mis­sion.

Noemie lived an intense 20 month mis­sion which changed her. As she looks to the future and pon­ders her path for­ward, I am glad she does not have to return to school and finish her degree. She has gained con­fi­dence in her­self and insight into the world beyond her years. Her Heart’s Home expe­ri­ence was very pos­i­tive and will be with her for the rest of her life.

Scott H.
July 2009

Read Noemie’s tes­ti­mony on her Heart’s Home mis­sion in Thailand

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