I want to have a really cool life. You know those people who are introducedas having spent three years in the bush of the
Congo, working for the UN and starting their own organization? I want to be one of those people when I’m older. As my last year of college flies by and the “G” word approaches, I can’t wait to start building up that list of experiences. I know that in my last post (I apologize for the severe lack of posting) I was all set to begin applying for the Peace Corps. However, anyone who knows me knows I change my mind about my life plans every week. Now don’t get me wrong, I am 99% sure that I am going to do some kind of service overseas after I graduate, but there are just so many options!
I have kept diaries pretty faithfully since middle school and I like to go back and look at them once in a while. While doing this recently, I was reminded of my deep rooted desire to be a missionary. I have felt a tug from God towards missions work for many years now and am finally realizing that I could be doing it in a year from now. The fact that in a year I will probably be leaving the country and my family for at least two years is a terrifying and exhilarating thought.
As you know my faith is the most important thing in my life. Part of the reason I am no longer interested in joining Peace Corps is because I would like to work with a religious organization which will support me in my faith. The other reason is that Peace Corps volunteers are very independent and often isolated, whereas I would prefer to live in community with other volunteers and work as part of a team. I am also thinking and praying about what exactly it means to be a missionary and how this would be different than doing a service program.
Here are some of the different organizations that I am looking at applying to:
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Society of African Missions
Franciscan Mission Service
While the “G” word is somewhat scary, I am excited to see what God has in store for me!