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In the summer of 2007 I went on my first mission trip Quiscamote, Honduras with Lakeshore Lutheran Fellowship Church.  I decided to go because I am a Spanish major and I wanted to go to a Spanish speaking country.  It was not because I wanted God to work through me to help others.  I was not a follower of Christ and at times I did not even know if I believed in Him.  While I was on the trip what I believed in started to change.  While talking with friends one night, they helped me realize that if there is evil in the world, there has to be something good in life to counteract the bad, and that good is Jesus Christ.  I started to read the Bible and events in my life that I could not understand started to become clear.  I would be lying if I said that my life changed instantly.  I started to believe in Christ, but I still had many questions.  Over the year I learned more about Christ and the way he works in our lives, growing more and more in my faith.  During the summer of 2008 I went backpacking through Central America with a friend.  Towards the end of our stay in Honduras we lived at an orphanage in San Lorenzo, Honduras.  While I was there I taught English.  Our plan was to stay only for a week and continue our travels.   For the first time I heard God speaking to me and he told me that we needed to stay because our job was not done.  Then, I knew I was sent to the orphanage to make a difference.  Before going to the orphanage I did not have a direction for my life.  Because I listened to God, I came back to the United States and started the organization H.O.M.E. which stands for Honduras Orphanage Mission for Education, I now have a direction for my life. 

H.O.M.E.’s goal was initially to have every orphan’s education sponsored by individuals.  H.O.M.E. has been achieving this goal since it’s beginning in November 2008.  Now, the organization has expanded it’s goals to include building a library at the orphanage with books, computers, and internet.  The work that H.O.M.E. has done at the orphanage has attracted Lakeshore Lutheran Fellowship Church to go on mission trips to make improvements on the buildings.  We hope that this will inspire more churches to get involved with H.O.M.E.