Hey friends, this is going to be a blog/webpage to keep you all updated since I will have limited communication once I start my mission this Sunday.
To give a brief overview, I am going to be a foreign missionary with Family Missions Company (FMC)! FMC is an organization made up of lay Catholic people who serve the poorest of the poor and bring God’s love to others. This is a two-year commitment and I don’t know where I will be going, yet. Currently, FMC has over 200 missionaries in 11 different countries. I’ll attach FMC’s website here.
For now, I am going to Louisiana for Intake, or training, until November when we will go to General Cepeda, Mexico to one of FMC’s mission sites for a couple of weeks. After that, I’ll be home for Christmas and then get sent out in January!
This is going to be a crazy journey, but it is one I have been discerning for a very long time. I am very confident that this is where God wants me to be at this point in my life. I’ll keep you all posted and in my prayers!
Below are some FAQs if you’re interested:
What is Family Missions Company?
FMC is a 501c3 non-profit made up of lay Catholic missionaries. Their mission is to preach the gospel and serve the poorest of the poor in all corners of the world. Currently FMC has over 200 missionaries in 11 different countries including Haiti, Peru, Mexico, and various parts of Asia.
What are they doing now?
In Haiti, they are visiting the sick and homebound, hiking to chapels to visit those in extreme poverty, and helping with a catechesis and crafts program for kids.
In Peru, missionaries are building chapels, visiting the sick, elderly, and handicapped, celebrating mass, and preaching the gospel to those in the village.
In Ecuador, long term missionaries are helping to serve under one parish made up of 70 small communities. Some of these can only be reached by hiking or canoeing. Missionaries are helping meet the material needs of the poor by building chapels and homes, visiting the sick and elderly, or helping locals with crops. They are also inviting the people of the communities to celebrate mass and pray with them.
The missions in Asia require FMC to be sensitive about communication with what they are doing and where they are. For this reason, there are not as many details, but the general mission remains the same: serve the spiritual and material needs of the poor.
Why are you doing this?
I have been thinking about travelling and serving others for years now. I’ve always loved the feeling of giving myself wholly to help other people—whether that be helping my classmates with homework or organizing the making of blessing bags to pass out to the homeless in the community. After a trip to Peru my junior year of high school, I decided foreign service work was for me. Then, during college, I got involved with ramCatholic and grew deeper in my faith. After graduating college, I have the opportunity to drop everything and go serve. FMC is the perfect combination of foreign service work and serving God.
How can I help?
In order to serve the poor full time and be fully present to them, I need to be fully funded. I am looking for monthly supporters to help get to my mission (first time donations are always helpful, too). Currently, I need to reach a monthly goal of $1500/ month. If you would like to join my team, you can contact me at 513-324-4340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. However, after September 9, these lines of communication will be limited. You can also go to https://www.familymissionscompany.com/project/rsharn/ to donate. All donations are tax deductible.