Rolando Streber

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My name is Rolando, and I am a 3rd year Psychology student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

Ever since I was little, I dreamed of doing something marvelous with my life. I grew up in a small, poor country until I was about 15. I was quiet, my eyes always curious, constantly scanning my surroundings. Every day I would leave my gated, privately-secured neighbourhood and my eyes would notice children, adults, and teenagers with shoeless feet, covered in dirt; burnt by the extreme heat of the pavement. In my family’s church community, I would hear stories of lives marked by pain and suffering. My young heart broke with every one of these sights and sounds. That is the case for Honduras, a country marked by suffering and poverty both physical and spiritual.

But in that same darkness, I was also able to grow up joyful and happy. Despite the harsh reality that many people in Honduras live in, I saw many times the nonsensical yet miraculous acts of charity of a poor child sharing the little he had received with another. I grew up happy because I saw people smiling and exuding more joy than I have ever seen in my life. By human intuition, these people should be crushed due to the weight of their burdens by now. I saw families gathering on Sundays with so much love (including mine), as if they were the richest in the world. I grew up happy because I saw richness in the midst of poverty.

I know this is not CCO’s Honduras Mission, but the reason why I share this is because those 15 years were meant as preparation for the mission God appointed me to in Canada. I am who I am today because of what God did for me during those 15 years. Today I am honoured, privileged, and above all, blessed to be partaking in my third straight summer CCO mission. I am going to St. John’s hungrier than ever – hungry to share the love of God and the joy and freedom that comes from living a life fully abandoned to Christ. My awesome fellow missionaries and I will be serving in the Basilica of St. John the Baptist for two months giving it our all to leave a legacy that will last for generations – generations of people giving their lives to God AND embracing the universal call to be missionaries.

Please join me and the amazing team of students and missionaries on this mission by praying for us and the parishioners of St. John the Baptist as well as prayerfully considering making a financial donation towards me and the rest of the participants (their profiles are under “Mission Participants”->”St. John’s 2019”).

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