Veritas showed me that in real life, you have to take the time and really commit to your service. On missions trips, all you do is serve, but in Argentina, it was something I needed to carve out of my day to do. It was a new way of doing missions for me, and it showed me how hard and tiring it can be, but so beneficial at the same time. Since I am now a cross-cultural Christian, it allows me to share what God is doing abroad, and take my experiences and share it with others!
I loved Veritas because it gave me a safe place to be open and honest with the thoughts and emotions I was experiencing during my time abroad. I had a place where I knew I was loved and cared for and I cared for each person in the Veritas group so much! It was definitely much needed community and really fun as well.
The fact that mission work and study abroad exist together is the best thing I could have done with my summer and I truly believe this program should continue.
More than anything she [mission mentor] was the biggest support system I had while there. To have a friend who had such a strong faith, a beautiful personality, someone I could pray with, and who had the same passion to serve others was such a blessing from God.
The missions mentor and the experience at a local church easily were the most valuable. I find it so important to be around people from the culture you're studying. I learned how to love the local church. Over the past few weeks, they have become my family. They reminded me that when we have Jesus in common, we have everything in common. I also loved having a mentor to guide and encourage me. She reminded me to make the most of my time here and trust God.
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 time in Italy has strengthened my faith beyond what I could have anticipated. I expected my relationship with God to grow while I was abroad but I did not know to what extent. God has used this past month to truly teach me what His unconditional love feels like. He poured out His love on me daily through friends and through strangers. My trust in God has grown and I have learned to thank Him for every situation.
As a result of the ministry and academic opportunities a part of Veritas, my dedicated mentor, and immersion in the culture, I can truly say I have been changed in a way that is seen through both my current lifestyle and future goals.
Veritas has helped me grow in my spiritual faith and as an individual. Prior to coming to Korea I was very dependent on my family. Every circumstance was an opportuinty for me to grow here. I know God was behind everything and I could trust him every step of the way.
As an individual constantly seeking adventure and new experiences, my time in Spain with our mission mentor and Veritas peers was more than I could have possibly imagined. It was not what I expected in any capacity but challenged and stretched me in ways that I didn’t know I could be challenged and stretched. I feel a sense of humility and gratitude at being given such an experience and can only pray that other students had as meaningful as an encounter with such a vibrant culture.