Jesus loves me through the sky. I see His love and His beauty most clearly through the way He illuminates the heavens for us to view from earth. A beautiful sky always points my heart toward heavenly glory, always draws me into prayer through wonder and awe. If he cares enough to create a flawless masterpiece across the dome of creation for me to gaze upon and enjoy for one particular moment, He cares infinitely more for my little life in the great and small happenings of each day.
Two weeks ago, I arrived home from the month-long Salesian Lay Missioners orientation in Port Chester, New York, preparing myself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for the adventure that is about to unfold. The community of SLMs that joined me were some of the most lovely and inspiring people I have been privileged enough to meet. The whole experience was a gift.
While in South Sudan, I will work as a clinic nurse alongside several Salesian religious sisters. The healthcare shortage in this country is extreme, and I know my limited skill will be greatly valued. While some tension still exists between the North and the South at this time due to their oil-rich borders and Southern Sudan's newly obtained independence from the Sudan in July 2011, I feel called to take a leap of faith and trust in God's perfect plan for my life. I ask for your vigilant and continued prayers each day as I live and serve in this new capacity. On my own I can do nothing, but with and through Him, all things are possible.