As I look back on my life up to this point, from my childhood in Sterling Heights, MI to the last four years which I have spent earning a degree in math at the University of Dallas, it amazes me how God has been preparing me all along for my mission with Heart’s Home. The three pillars of prayer, community and compassion have been important to me since long before I even knew that Heart’s Home existed, making it just a little easier to follow after Christ to Lima, Peru.
I come from a strong Catholic family of 6 kids, and was home schooled by my mom from kindergarten through high school. I know that my love of both the Catholic faith and community life stems from the home which my parents gave to me and my siblings. The closeness within our family is so important to me, and is only possible because of the great example of faith displayed by my parents. Because of my love for my family, I’m still surprised at myself that I decided to attend a college that was 1000 miles away in a state that is so different from Michigan! That however, was all part of God’s plan, as attending such a good Catholic school has deepened my prayer life, allowed me to meet and be inspired by some incredible young Catholics, and to study abroad in Rome for a semester. All of these have helped me to see that rather than beginning to apply my math skills to a number-crunching job right after graduation, I desire instead to respond to Christ’s call to help spread a culture of compassion.
I could not be more blessed or happy with the mission He has given me to live among the Peruvians starting this September and there to be a witness to His presence. I cannot wait to discover how my life will be touched by His poor, and how He will use me to touch theirs in turn. However, I cannot take this next step without your prayers and support, and so I invite you to join with me and to prayerfully consider how you might also follow Christ’s call and be filled with the love, joy and peace which only He can give!