Coming to NET I knew it would be a year of service. I knew it would be a year of mission work and evangelizing to young people. I was ready for that. What I didn’t know is that it would be a year where I would learn so much about myself and about my faith. I didn’t realize that this year would involve so much growth in my own prayer life and in my knowledge of the Catholic faith, but I couldn’t be more pleased.
I grew up Catholic and have practiced the faith my whole life. I went to mass when I was supposed to and always remember my mom telling me how much Jesus loved me, and how He even died on the cross for me. Although I had heard it so many times, that truth didn’t hit me until the last week of training in September 2018. It was described to me in a way that I hadn’t heard before. Or maybe I had, and it was just the fact that it came from a man with a nice beard and a British accent. It finally made sense that Jesus’ death on the cross opened the gates of heaven and restored our relationship with the Father. Now it’s still a choice every day that we have to make to enter into prayer and continue building that relationship. NET has taught me how important our relationship with the Lord is and how essential it is to set aside a time every day to talk to Jesus through prayer.
I’ve also learned how important it is to trust. I always knew that trust was a virtue, and it was one we should always pray to grow deeper in. But I didn’t realize that actually meant in my day to day choices. Choosing to trust God even in the little things like, “what am I going to say to this young person?” or “how am I going to function tomorrow, running on five hours of sleep?” But I’ve realized that, yes, even in the little things the Lord is still in control, and He will lead me through it all. Lastly, I’ve realized that trust is something you can continue to grow in. It’s not like, “Oh I have enough trust, I’m good.” It’s more like, “Please Lord, help me to trust more and more because it is only by your grace that I am able to do anything.”
The third thing I have learned so far is what discipleship is. Growing up I went to youth group, yes, but I was never directly discipled one-on-one by anyone. So I didn’t realize going into NET what a discipleship team did. One of the things we do is intentionally seek out young people and meet with them to grow in relationship with them and walk with them on their journey to Christ. This way of ministry had allowed me to grow in boldness and fortitude and of course… trust. I couldn’t be more thankful. I’ve been able to work on relationship skills not only with the young people, but with my team as well. I’ve learned more about what it takes to have an authentic relationship, with God at the center of it all. I’m so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to grow in these skills and to be able to use them for His glory. All of this has allowed me to have deeper desire and thirst for souls to bring to the Lord and has allowed Him to transform my own soul through that.
So thanks Jesus and thanks NET for teaching me more about what matters to me… and allowing me to grow deeper in virtue and relationship. I am excited to continue this year and to keep growing and doing ministry. So if you’re reading this, please, pray for all of us missionaries out there. Have a great day and God bless!
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