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“So…. do you guys sleep in your van?
Do you camp out?
Do you stay in hotels?”

These are common questions NET missionaries get from young people when they see the notorious NET van, or when they find out that missionaries often travel from city to city, or to a new parish community. And of course, the answer is, (thankfully) no!

YES! On every retreat, God heals! In Sault Ste-Marie God was healing the youth. At this retreat as leaders, we were going around praying silently with each of the youth. I placed my hand on the shoulder of a young lady asking God to pour out His blessings upon her and that her heart may be open to the gifts God is giving her. She said that during the prayer she felt my hand move over on her shoulder to the place where she was in pain, and she knew I didn’t move my hand because she felt it in both places. Immediately as she felt the presence of a hand, apart from where mine was, the pain in her shoulder went away. God has healed her of her pain! Thank you, Jesus! So beautiful is our Father’s love and power to heal his children physically! As a result of the prayer time, she shared with me that now she knows that God is real! She was open to God’s gifts of love!

As a NET team we are focused on youth ministry but sometimes the Lord surprises us with different opportunities to minister to people who are not youth. For example, God called our team to minister to His people in an unexpected way in this recent experience during team prayer!

My time serving with NET Canada has been incredible so far. I remember back when I first applied, I was so excited! I spent so much time thinking about where I’d be, who my teammates were going to be and what it would be like living the NET lifestyle. My teammate Maria, on the other hand, was not so excited… she felt the call for the Lord but the thought of doing NET did not excite her. Since NETCanada is accepting 65 missionaries for the 2019-20 mission year, I saw it fitting to share 65 reasons to join NET! Whether you are bursting with excitement, bursting with fear, or have never even considered NET as an option, I hope these reasons shed some light on what NET is really like and help you consider if NET is something for you!

Generally, you share everything with your best friend.  You share your joys and your sorrows, your wants and your needs, and everything in between.  You spend time together watching movies, going for coffee, or just hanging out and eating ice cream.  You know you can trust them, and you know they’ll be there for you whenever you need them.

Until the beginning of my year as a missionary with NET Canada, I really lacked the understanding of who the Holy Spirit is.

To me, He was obviously the third person of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but other than saying His name, I had no idea of who He was or the influence He has over each of our lives. At certain points He is spoken of more; Pentecost, confirmation, even my parish was named Holy Ghost, but I didn’t really experience the Holy Spirit until I gave Him permission to enter my life - to be a part of my mission year. Of course, I had been called by the Holy Spirit many times in life prior to NET, but without an open heart, I could not see that it was Him who was working.

Mothers are such a wonderful gift to us. They help feed and nurture us as we grow from infancy into adolescence and they don't even stop there. As Catholics, we have such a wonderful gift that comes in the form of our Blessed Mother Mary.

My earthly mother is a short little Asian woman who is extremely loving and cooks amazing food (I don't love her only for that reason, although it's a big reason). She never fails to look for opportunities where she can love me. Growing up as a cradle Catholic, my family and I would pray the rosary every now and then. Also, my late grandmother would pray the rosary every single day. I knew Mary was the mother of God, but I never knew the significance that Mary had and the important place that she has in our history of salvation. What was the point of praying to Mary? Who is she really? Why can't we just pray to Jesus?

You’ve probably seen some of us NET missionaries, or at least pictures of us. You may have noticed how we only travel with one suitcase and a backpack. How do we do it you may ask?! Jesus! Haha, though Jesus does help us, there are a lot of decisions we have to make on our own when it comes to packing for such a unique adventure!

So whether you’re thinking of applying for NET yourself, want some overall travel advice, or are just looking for light reading, I got the blog for you!

One thing God has been teaching me is His providence. God is always going to provide you with what you need just when you need it, and He proves it countless times! This is an example of one of those times.

The Meaning of Advent

As we approach the Christmas season, I can’t help but get excited to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Before I get too ahead of myself I remember that the season of Advent comes first.