VIDES stands for Volunteers International for Development, Education, and Solidarity. It is a missionary program that works alongside the Catholic Salesian community to promote solidarity, social justice, and generosity in the sharing of ones self by living a Christ-centered life while also serving those who are poor and marginalized. The Salesian brothers and sisters work mostly with underprivileged women and children. This past summer I had the opportunity to experience all of this first-hand while living with some Salesian sisters and helping out at their summer camp up in Haledon, New Jersey. For five weeks I was able to fully emerse my self in the Salesian way. It was truly an eye opening and such a joy filled experience. I have never encountered people with so much joy in their hearts for all that they do, whether it was mopping the floor or talking to the kids about Jesus they did it all with a full heart. This way of life taught me a lot about not only how to better myself but also those I encounter. I found the joy to be highly contageous not only in myself but also with the kids I was there to serve.
I humbly ask for your prayers as I continue on in this next big step in my life, prayers not only for me but also for those I will come in contact with. Please know that as I minister to these people of God, I will also be praying for you and your needs.
If you feel called to provide monetary support, I would greatly appreciate it. The money will go towards the cost of my travel, some basic medical equipment, and other needs for the mission. You may also donate to VIDES directly to help others in the future wanting to go out and serve those in need. If you would like to learn more about VIDES their website is http://www.vides.us/.
Any amount of support is greatly appreciated whether it comes in the form of prayers, thoughts or donations.
Gig'em and God bless!
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