"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Rm 8:28)
This is what Benoit Ch. -Heart’s Home volunteer in Valparaiso, Chile - experienced this month:
Having to deal with house repairs is never an easy task; especially when this means having to dedicate some of the time I usually spend visiting friends to monitoring the works. Very soon, though, I realized how much this “sacrifice” could redound in so much good for us.
In the first place, it made me realize how much I depended on the others, how much I needed to count on my community members’ advices and suggestions. It really served me to stop thinking about just myself and listening to my own wishes and desires and to start heeding instead to what was good for my whole community and friends.
Secondly, it triggered the gift of ourselves even more: the time we usually dedicated to lunch in community and rest, would now be required to be with Cristian, our plumber and mason. No “personal” time anymore. However, and most importantly, this man (Cristian) whom I only knew very little before, and with whom we were now spending lots of time, became a really dear friend. We gained a new faithful and trustful friend who comes now every often just to make sure we are doing well or to stop and pray with us.
Two other friends amazed us during the time in which these works lasted: don Pio and Luis. Both of them love us in a very down-to-earth way: Don Pio feels personally responsible for us missionaries and devotes himself to helping us as much as he can. And Luis gave us a strong hand without asking anything in return!
During the dinner in which we celebrated together the end of the works, it struck me that this is the deep meaning of our mission: these very simple moments of true joy and gratuitous friendship.