Missionary Spirit and St. Monica’s Megan Wilson
A few weeks ago, Father Honest Nunishi spoke to the parish of St. Monica. Father Honest is a missionary priest from Zanzibar. He spoke about what he does on the island and how our support helps his mission. He also spoke about the mission field in general.
People often comment on how impressed they are with the men and women in the mission field who speak at our parish. I’d like to share some exciting news with you all! Not all missionaries are from lands far away. We have one of our own from our parish of St. Monica.
Megan Wilson recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Last summer, she served as a summer volunteer at a Catholic children’s home called Farm of the Child (Finca del Niño). The home is located in rural Trujillo, Honduras. Megan visited The Farm of the Child for 10 weeks last summer through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns. Megan returned to the States to complete her senior year. During that time, she focused on discerning a call to return to the Farm to serve for a longer period post-graduation.
After prayer and discernment, she felt called to serve as a full-time missionary at the Farm of the Child. Her term of service begins next month and will extend through December 2020. After 16 months, she will begin a discernment process to consider staying on for a second year of service.
Farm of the Child is home to around 30 children. It also helps serve 100+ other families in the surrounding mountain villages. Their programs include a school, a health clinic, and various faith and hospitality-based outreach efforts. The children have suffered poverty, abandonment, and difficult traumatic family situations. The Farm provides a good education, health care, spiritual formation, and a loving community. This care is provided by the collaboration of an on-site director, Honduran house parents, three Franciscan sisters, American missionaries, and international volunteers.
As Megan describes in her own words,
During my 10 weeks serving at the Farm, Jesus truly set my heart aflame with love for the children, community, and mission of the Farm. That flame was fanned and my desire strengthened through prayer and discernment over the past number of months. I feel the Lord led me to continue to serve Him after graduation. I am drawn to the concept of both loving boldly – and being loved boldly. As a missionary, it is imperative not only to focus on the love Christ calls us to give, but also the love He calls us to receive.
I have arrived at this point thanks to the support of many wonderful people who have helped me along the way. I will need that continued support in the months ahead. First and foremost, I ask for your prayers for me, my fellow missionaries, the children and the good work that is being done there.
Megan will need financial support to make this mission possible. Funds will go directly to cover her costs such as travel expenses, health insurance, language school, transportation, preparation fees, and supplies. I spoke to Megan and told her how impressed and proud the Parish of St. Monica will be once they hear her story. I also said that I would personally dedicate my blog this week to appeal to the people of St. Monica to support her mission.
If you have any questions about Megan, her vocation story or about the Farm of the Child, please contact her. Email: email@example.com Phone: (610) 283-5818
Address (as of October 2019):
Finca del Niño
Apartado Postal #110 Trujillo, Colón
Honduras, Central America
To Donate Online: Visit https://bit.ly/2UdLoOy Use the dropdown menu to select Megan’s name.
Donate By Check: Make checks payable to “Farm of the Child.” Write “Megan Wilson” on the memo line of the check. Send to the U.S. Donation Coordinator at:
Farm of the Child
100 S. Ashley Drive, Suite 600 Tampa, FL 33602
(All donations are tax-deductible as The Farm is a 501(c)3 organization)