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OCT. 27, 2020

I've been off social media since August 30th. I've needed to focus on important things calling for my attention and have wanted to do some much needed holistic development so that I can flourish in this season. So I’m off social media for now, but miss seeing everyone's updates for sure!

DEPLOYMENT DATES: I've met with my directors in Spain and we are still planning for my Feb/March deployment! I contacted the US Spanish Consulate and they are still issuing Religious worker visas. So that’s amazing news!

I can’t apply for my visa until I reach 85% of my funding. With that in mind, my goal is to have 50% of my monthly giving commitments (monthly & one-time gifts) by the end of October, whether giving begins now or by January 2021.
 

Thank you to everyone who is praying and who has partnered with me in financial giving. I can't do this without you and I can't wait to see how the seeds we've sown reap the beautiful fruits of redeemed and transformed lives!

OCT. 9, 2020

IMPACT STORY

written by a staff member of the Pilgrim House

In the last few weeks, we have had a few more pilgrims coming through which has been encouraging. It has been such a gift getting to see Pilgrim House as a useful space for Pilgrims. With more guests visiting the space, we have been able to have some significant conversations and offer our services in encouraging ways. 

One pilgrim came with an interesting request. Actively looking for a place he could light a candle, this particular pilgrim shared with us a bit of the heavyweight he had carried on his pilgrimage. One of our Pilgrim House directors showed him to our backroom - a place intentionally set aside for quiet and peace. 

After leaving for a bit, the man came back and lit a customized candle he had carried with him bearing his granddaughter's name. A granddaughter who at just a few months old, is not expected to live long.

As this grieving man, hurting for his son and for his granddaughter, sat in our back room, I found myself praying for him and his family, struck by the gift that it was to participate in his life and share his pain even in this small way.

When he came out to head on his way, he looked in our eyes and said:

"Thank you - I was able to leave some weight behind here today."

For me, this interchange was a significant one. So many of us find ourselves with heavy things to carry and it's easy to get so caught up carrying them that we forget about what many others are facing. Some of our guests have been homeless, some struggling with health problems, some seemingly alone in the world, burdened with significant traumas. 

But even with our more difficult guests, when they are bitter or angry or confused, there's something incredibly special about getting to know them. In all of our brokenness, there remain such beautiful things to be found. It's striking at times to get to stand before, or sit alongside, some of these new acquaintances and see the lives they've lived and the adversity they've endured. 

To watch them come in burdened and leave a little bit lighter, come in angry and disheartened and leave with a smile, come in feeling alone, and leave having been heard at least a little - it's a profound gift to participate in these moments of transformation. 

Thank you for your support that makes this possible.
Thank you for your encouragement and investment.
Thank you for your prayers.
MAR. 7, 2020
FEB. 3, 2020

I'll start by saying that I am so excited that you are here. There's so much happening and so much that I'm looking forward to sharing with you over the coming years! Yes, years! If you haven't read the home page yet, it would be good to do so before reading this so you have some leading information to this update.

The first week of January I attended orientation with One Collective in Chicago, IL. At the end of my week learning and growing with many other individuals going to serve in places all around the world I cannot even begin to accurately describe how much peace and deep confirmation I had about taking my next steps towards Spain with One Collective. I was incredibly encouraged by their holistic approach to serving (you can read about that on the home page) and their mission to transform lives through the power of Jesus. 

I came back to the east coast with confidence and the challenge to prepare myself holistically for serving in Spain. As I look ahead to September 2020 I know that there are many parts of preparation that I cannot do alone. I've started meeting with a friend who is (out of the kindness and selflessness of his heart) teaching me to drive a manual transmission truck! Something I'll need to learn how to do to be able to drive in Europe. I had another dear friend of mine help me to film some footage at a state park to create a video about this big life change and ask for people to join with me through this journey. I've had two friends that are my age commit to giving financially towards my support goals! These acts of kindness and desire to be part of this with me have brought my eyes to tears and moved my heart to a constant state of thankfulness.

This is my faith and obedience camino of 2020. It's my journey this side of the world with all of you. My camino family. The camino is about the journey and it can't be walked alone. If you or someone you know would like to join me on this journey through prayer & praise, as a financial gift hero, or in any other way please reach out to me. I'd love to meet with you in person or over the phone and talk with you more about it! 

Be sure to check out the Prayer Partnership and Financial Partnership pages on this site for more information. Please let me know if you have questions or need further information!! 

Bendiciones (Blessings), 
Gabriela (Gabrielle)