Being a Kid in Missions
Hello everyone, my name is Zachary Schmitz, and I am a teenager in missions. If you are in missions, you know it’s difficult, and trust me it’s not easy. There are awkward moments that you don’t want to be in, things your parents want you to do but you don’t want to do, and so on. But just so you know, you’re not alone in this. God is with you always, and He helps you with those awkward moments.
Once you really get into it you start to love doing it, and you just feel on fire. But you can also get pulled away from it if you stop praying and don’t practice loving. And if you’re in that spot (and trust me I’ve been there), don’t forget to stop and ask God for help. One example is me not liking to write blogs about missions because I think it will make me “not cool.” But really, it’s the coolest thing ever, and if anyone thinks it’s boring, they’re the ones missing out.
Now I am going to tell you a little about my experience during my time in Costa Rica.
So, me and my family of 8 have been in Costa Rica for a year and a half, and we kind of felt like we weren’t doing much. But we were actually doing quite a lot. We probably changed our neighbors’ lives by our prayers and praises.
So one time I was walking to the store. When I got there, there was this poor man, and he seemed sad and lonely. He saw me and lit up, and he started asking me questions. Then he asked me if I would buy a treat for him, and (awkward situation right here) I was about to say no when all of the sudden the Holy Spirit moved me to buy him a treat. So I bought him one, and he was so thankful he came right up to me and hugged me with tears in his eyes. And so, when you feel the Holy Spirit moving, you don’t ignore it. Listen to Him, for it will make you very happy.
I live in a neighborhood with a lot of kids, and at first, I really didn’t like them. I thought they were annoying people who just got in my way. But then after 3 months, something changed. I started to hang out with them and so on, so on. They sometimes come and pray the rosary with us. I think it changed their lives by us just being here. Now they are my best friends, and we have fun every day.
So I’m guessing that you’ve all heard of Covid-19 the virus that kinda ruined missions.
We’ve been in virtual school, and I’ve been really struggling with it. And it’s double hard because it’s in Spanish. And you know everyone’s like, “Don’t get close to me you—might have Covid!” It has really delayed missions throughout the year.
But we can always pray for the people we serve in any situation. And in Puerto Rico when we helped clean up a disabled man’s house. Even though we had to wear masks, at least we made him happy.
Thanks for reading. God bless you all!!
Zachary David Schmitz