My mom made me go to Life Teen. Every time I reach some new milestone in life or have another amazing experience, I think about how it wouldn’t be happening if my mom didn’t make me go to Life Teen. When I was about to start high school, my parish decided that in order to get confirmed, all teens would have to go to Life Nights along with religious education classes. I did not want to go to Life Nights.
During that first year of high school, I got to know the Lord in a new way. Through Life Nights, retreats, and Core Member testimonies, I learned more about Jesus and how much he loved me. I actually started to believe it. Soon, I was going to every single Life Teen event there was. My life changed dramatically. Until that point I had been a very depressed teenager focused on how hard my life was. Through Life Teen, I learned about my faith and developed a real relationship with the Lord. I started acting, talking, and feeling differently and I made lots of new friends. I began to find my worth in the Lord alone and strived to please only Him.
One of the first trips I took with Life Teen was a mission trip to a very poor area in Phoenix. It blew me away. Through that experience, I knew that missions was something I would be part of for the rest of my earthly life. I was filled with so much passion and purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I still had struggles but I looked at life in a new way and started to head down a different path. I continued to go on domestic and foreign mission trips in high school, college, and even after college.
A desire that God placed on my heart as I got involved with foreign mission trips was to start a mission base but I never saw how it could be possible. I didn’t know how to go about it, who to talk to, how to fund it. Missions with Life Teen didn’t even cross my mind! But God had other plans and he provided abundantly because next week, I am leaving to help start a mission base in Haiti. God showed me how His plan fulfills our desires once we are open to his will and that all things really are possible. Eventually, groups will come on mission trips to the base and there lives will be changed like mine was. I can’t believe I get to be part of that!
My life has changed so much in the past three years. I met “the one”, got married, heard and responded to God calling me to full-time missions, quit the job I loved, sold my car that I really liked, got rid of lots of junk, moved to Georgia, had a baby, and now I am moving to Haiti for the next few years! Look what happened because my mom made me go to Life Teen- thanks mom!