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More Year Long Mi Casa Volunteers

“I don’t think that a day has gone by in which I haven’t thought about my year volunteering in Mexico and how those little girls have touched my life. It was a challenging year, and I admit it was difficult at times, but it was also so fulfilling and rewarding – it’s hard not to feel warm and fuzzy when getting a big hug from a little girl who smiles and says “te quiero.” For me, the whole year was definitely a learning experience – learning about myself, learning to overcome challenges, and especially learning what it really means to have faith and trust in God.”
-Laura Ward, Greeley, Pennsylvania

“Becoming a yearlong missioner was an answer to God’s call to step out of my comfort zone, trust Him, and give of myself in ways I didn’t think were possible.  It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, but worth every moment.  I learned what it means to live my faith and what it means love… to give until it hurts and then keep going.  25 little girls are now a part of my life forever, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
Deanna Jones, Memphis, Tennessee

“It was the hardest year I’ve ever been through, but in the end it was family. If you’ve ever even thought you might like to do something like this, DO IT. You will have your heart and soul transformed forever by the people and children of Mexico.”
– Mary Pint, Las Cruces, New Mexico

“Our year as missioners passed by so very quickly…yet a lifetime of memories were made. The Mi Casa family allowed me to live out my dream of helping others whose need is so very great. And in doing so, I spent the most rewarding year of my life, learning and growing far out of proportion to what I was able to give.”
– John Willcox, Denver, Colorado

“As a missioner, I left my home and shuffled off to Mexico to serve God’s children. However, serving God is not always easy. It takes perseverance and an open heart. Through perseverance, I never gave up on my kids. And with an open heart, I was able to look beyond things I didn’t understand. This year was very challenging, but also extremely rewarding. My experiences as a missioner have transformed me into the person I am today: a person who continues to answer God’s call to serve his people, one smile at a time.”
– Holly Davis, Three Rivers, Massachusetts

“Before I joined Mi Casa, I believed that God still worked miracles; during my year of service in Mexico, he proved it to me every day. This year opened my eyes and my heart to the wonders of God. The Mexican people I served taught me how to act like a person of faith, how to have hope in the most oppressive of situations and how powerful love truly is. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity and I will never forget the seeds that God planted in me through this.”
– Emily Boal, Cochranton, Pennsylvania

“Through this volunteer experience my character has been transformed. The work environment provides an ideal setting for growing in the compassion of Christ, while the cultural environment teaches me a lot about my Christian faith. I have discovered a strong side of me that I never knew existed. I walk away from this experience not only with an enlightened perspective of my purpose in life, but with a foundation of faith that I know will give me what I need to achieve that purpose.”
– Jonathan Dooley, Boerne, Texas

“My time volunteering in Mexico was the most challenging and rewarding experience I have had. The caring and the chaos in the culture combine in such a beautiful way that it brings you to a newer and more simple way of viewing the world. You see everything through immense love. An experience like this teaches you to have a stronger faith, a deeper recognition and appreciation for human dignity, and most of all patience   – more patience than you thought it was possible to have.”
– Kristina Sample, Claremore, Oklahoma

“My time as a missionary has been a blessing in many ways. What I remember most are the compassionate people who are serving the Lord at the mission. Their selfless acts taught me how to serve. I will never forget the children nor the caring adults who made it possible for the children to have a better life. I feel that I have become a more compassionate and giving person, all due to the Lord’s guidance.”
– Dora Lomelí, Modesto, California

“My year as a missionary showed me so many beautiful and mysterious ways that the Lord’s plan is fulfilled. I tried very hard to be present for the boys, without realized that it was natural for them to be present to me. They gave me so much unconditional love in return. They showed me the love that they were capable of giving to a father, a grandfather or a friend. I now know that they took care of me more than I did them.”
– Arturo E. Lomelí, Modesto, California

“If I were to describe my personal experience of service I would say that it was an act of mercy. Not of my mercy toward others, but, rather, of God’s mercy towards me. I was given the chance to kiss the feet of His Son, Jesus; to do this through serving His innocent children. I was given the faith to fulfill His will. I was given the grace to suffer in His holy name…and given the honor of being called.”
– Jason Saucier, Biloxi, Mississippi

“Looking back on my experience as a missionary, I realize how rich and meaningful it was. I often think about the children, the elderly, and the staff that were so close to me and I feel connected to them through prayer as part of God’s family. The challenges faced for one year humbled me and helped me to seek God in every person and every place, knowing that our humanity bounds us beyond any difference in race or culture.”
– Thomas Clouqueur, Cachan, France

“Being a missionary was a life -altering experience that I hope many others will enjoy in the future. There is nothing more satisfying than doing the Lord’s work for such needy children. The more you give, the more you receive.”
– Sarah Kolacz, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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