I am Zaira Yaneth Mejia Acosta, from Comayagua, Honduras and I am 27 years old. In 2013 I met the community of Missioners of Christ; their form of life and their joyfulness inspired me to be part of the community. After discerning, I enter the community in 2016.
Living in the community has been one of the greatest blessings because I had the opportunity to live the sacraments constantly, have a closer relationship with Jesus and a new family who challenged me to be a better person. The first 2 years I lived in the community, I served in missions, Hogar Nazareth (girls orphanage), the Mother’s Program, the Physical Therapy program, coordinated youth retreats, was the house manager and helped with the financial aspect of the community. It has been fulfilling sharing with a lot of people that even though have a lot of problems believe and hope that there is nothing impossible for God.
Currently, most of my time, I serve the financial area of the community. In addition, I help in the formation of youth leaders once a month, assist with youth retreats, the Mother’s Program, visit families of the Physical Therapy Program and I give catechism to children in my home parish.
Through this experience in the community, serving the poor, I realized that there is a great need in the spiritual and psychological aspect. For example, parents who had traumas and keep suffering because of them. Young mothers and pregnant women who because of different situations are considering having an abortion. Families who reject a family member who has special needs and young adults that cannot find a meaning to their life.
I feel the call to be an instrument and help these people who are suffering but in order to do this, I need to prepare myself professionally and have a degree in Psychology. I want to be a catholic psychologist who shares the faith and helps in a deeper level, make a difference in this area.