If there is no hope, then I don’t think there is any purpose to this life. If there’s nothing more than this, if this is it, then I don’t want to live. When everything goes south, I need purpose behind suffering and pain. I need to have hope that Jesus is who He says He is and that there is redemption for this world…


I wasn’t sure how ready my heart needed to be when I became a Life Teen Missionary. I wasn’t even sure how to prepare myself for this commitment and for the ways my life would be changed. What I’ve learned so far is that it never mattered how ready I thought I was, or how prepared I thought I could be. All that mattered was that I was open to God’s will…

I Choose to Trust – One Year in Haiti

October 10th marked the one year anniversary of our mission team moving to Haiti and beginning mission here at the John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization! I can’t believe it has been a year, but I am blessed and encouraged by all that God has done in these […]

Dolphin Tales

Dolphins have been my favorite animals since I was a little kid. I collected all possible dolphin things and my biggest dream was to become a dolphin trainer. I loved going to dolphin shows and sleeping with my stuffed dolphins. I never became this dolphin trainer but I still like […]

Trusting in God’s Promises

Do you ever question God or fail to trust Him completely? I wish I could say that I don’t, but even as a missionary, I’m still human, and I still question God sometimes… A little over a month ago, Life Teen started a new mission base in Houston, Texas, and […]

Had a Bad Day?

Ever had a bad day? One of those days when you can’t seem to do anything right? A day when you make mistake after mistake? Well, I have had a bunch of those recently… I became an official Life Teen Missionary a little over two weeks ago (when I wrote this […]

My heart was locked….

Let’s go a couple months back in time… to my Easter break. I know, it’s September, summer is over and we’re not in Easter time anymore in our liturgical year, but I still want to take you back to my Easter break for a moment. I was able to spend […]

Not My Plan But Yours!

When I applied for Life Teen Missions, I applied for only one year. I knew I had to go back and finish school in six years so that I don’t have to pay back the money I got from the government. Until January, I thought this was God’s plan for […]

Sleeping in My Daddy’s Arms

A few weeks ago, I had the blessing of sitting a row behind a father and his three-year-old daughter during Mass. He was holding his daughter in his arms, and she fell asleep before Mass even started. She slept the whole Mass, no matter whether her father stood up, sat […]