The Salesian Lay Missioner experience broadened my horizons and exposed me to a new culture, and different a way of life — one of poverty, simplicity, and joy– a lifestyle that many people around the globe live. I carry that with me every moment of every day.
Upon returning from my SLM experience, I made the decision to work in an area of poverty in the U.S. and attempt to serve those in my community the best way I can. Although I lead a life of privilege compared to those in dire conditions around the world, I try to live simply, and make decisions that would most positively affect those around me and around the globe. To be blessed with so much, and to be able to have an experience like the SLM experience is an overflowing of God’s love. I now try to live up to what God wants for me because through this experience I realize I have been given so much, and “to whom much is given, much will be expected.”