In the past few years, my love for the poor has taken over my heart. I have been on mission trips to foreign countries and I have witnessed real poverty in these places. These trips were life changing and I treasure those memories still today. On July 31, 2018, I joined Colin Miller and friends in Baltimore City to encounter the homeless. I was confronted with a reality that wounded my heart. I realized that I did not have to cross borders to encounter the poor. They were only 20 minutes down the road and I have been neglecting them this whole time. All it took was a small encounter with one man for my heart to explode for the people in Baltimore. This man had a trust in the Lord I didn’t know was possible and he was acutely aware of all the ways the Lord was providing for him.
Ever since that day, Baltimore couldn’t get rid of me. I started to do street walks and volunteer at meal ministry on a regular basis. I could go on and on and on about all the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had. But the most striking thing about all of this is the more I encounter these people, the more I see Christ in them. When I felt called to give my summer to serve the Lord in this way, it was seemingly impossible to say anything else but a resounding yes. I am beyond excited for this summer and to see what the Lord has in store for me, this community, and Baltimore.
Pursuing my calling as a missionary is only possible through the spiritual and financial support of mission partners. Your investment in this mission enables our community to go out and share life with our friends on the street day after day, where we address their biggest source of suffering—isolation—in a way that nobody else can. Your support enables our program to grow, and we intend to have a community of 15-20 missionaries by August 15, 2022. These young, determined men and women will be nourished and equipped through daily opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, and human formation, and they will spend time in prayer before Christ in the Eucharist, interceding for the needs of this suffering city. Your support makes all the difference, and I want to invite you to invest in both me and my community. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know the best way to reach you and I will happily schedule a time to meet! You can email me at ________.