Joshua Coutinho

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My name is Joshua and I am in my first year of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. I grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. When I’m not studying (which is most of the time), I love watching or playing sports, especially baseball, basketball, and lacrosse; listening to country music, especially TAYLOR SWIFT; or playing board games with family and friends.

I grew up in a practicing Catholic family, but I never saw the importance of faith, and as a result never took it seriously. In high school, I decided to put God in the backseat, and I always believed that I would go back to him when I was older and more mature. This attitude carried into my first semester of university, where I was partying often on weekends. But in October 2019, I was overwhelmed with stress from midterms, and I had no idea what to do. At the time, I was taking part in the Discovery Faith Study, and we were talking about putting Christ at the center of our lives. I had tried other methods that never worked, so I decided to build a relationship with God and put Him at the center of my life. The following week was amazing, since I felt an inner peace that made it much easier to deal with the stress. Shortly after this week at a Summit, I felt God directly call me to lead a faith study the next semester, and ever since then I have been more inspired than ever to not only live out my Catholic faith wholeheartedly, but invite others to as well!

I am so excited to be a part of the Be A Light Mission this summer! I look forward to reaching out to others, deepening my faith, and being a light in this time of darkness. I would greatly appreciate any donations you can make, and please keep me in your prayers! Thank you!!