-Kendel Jordan, 2016 Summer Missionary (Ave Maria University Graduate 2016

“Heading to Nicaragua, I remember asking God for a summer that was an encounter rather than an experience. I’m so thankful that He answered this prayer through Guadalupe Gardens. Every day was incredibly different but I always ended each one in awe of how full it was. We didn’t have to go far in order to find opportunities to serve. Sometimes our mission was taking children to Mass or visiting a nursing home or rehab center. But other days it might look like visiting a neighbor, cleaning up the yard, or speaking with a person we just met on the street. At the mission center we lived simply and in solidarity with our neighbors. This meant that there was less to hide behind and more time to pray, so it was much easier to see the intense and active battle between good and evil going on for our hearts. I am grateful for all of the ways God taught me about myself and His love for me through this. I believe with all of my heart that God wants this mission to continue to grow and shape lives the way it has for me. Please pray for Guadalupe Gardens!”


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