"I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have gone to Chile and experience a semester with Veritas. God showed up in my life in a real way and stretched me to my limits. I grew so much and hope to continue to grow from what I learned while in Chile. Lorna, the mentor, is amazing and definitely anointed to do her job, her ministry. The mission work is a blessing and changes you more than you change it."
My time here thus far has shown me that, as part of God's family, I have brothers and sisters all over the world. I've met so many wonderful fellow believers here, and it's so cool to know that God is building His kingdom here just like he is at my home university. It's been really encouraging to realize that I can use the skills and abilities God has given me here just as much as I can at home.
It was incredible to see the ways God used me in moments that I didn't expect. Today, for instance, I went to Subway for lunch. There were absolutely no tables left open and it was raining outside so I just went and asked an elderly lady if I could sit with her. After a brief conversation we got onto the subject of church and the differences between French and English worship. It was so interesting and amazing to see how God had orchestrated my day (the rain, the tables, my boldness in sitting with a total stranger, etc.) for this moment. There are so many other examples of this and it has been an amazing experience!
"My prayer entering into my study abroad experience was that God would redefine my definition of "home" not as a place or feeling of comfort, but as wherever He calls me to be. Not only has that prayer become a reality, but I have grown in so many ways that were unforeseen to me. Witnessing the way the church is shockingly different here than at home has expanded my understanding of the body of Christ and caused me to see myself and the church in America in a new light."
"Through Veritas, I was able to study abroad and experience a different culture while forming great friendships with the other Veritas students. We were able to grow together in our time abroad, and through them and my interactions with the Spanish culture, God taught me so much about what it means to truly reach out to others."