Trinity Missionaries serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness, lack of education, and neglect by society. Simple people who struggle to understand why they are so afflicted; who ask what God’s will for them is in all this. To people such as this our seminarians will bring the story of God’s love for them.
An important lesson in each seminarian’s journey is to learn how to step outside of themselves and be the face of Christ to those they serve. As often as possible our seminarians are provided experiences which force them to do just that. Sometimes it can be quite challenging.
One such example is Student-Brother Gustavo Amell’s mission work at a federal detention center run by ICE — US Immigration and Customs Enforcement — in Chicago. Every Friday morning at 5 a.m., he arrives at the detention center to collaborate with an interfaith group providing pastoral care to detained immigrants. Brother Gustavo wrote to me recently about his experience: “I have always found great blessings in sharing with the people of God; however, this is one of the most challenging ministries I have ever had in my life as a missionary.”
A main aspect of his work is to serve as a liaison between the men being deported and their families. As he gives the families information about the deportation process, he listens to their stories, prays with them, and tries to prepare them emotionally to say their goodbyes to their loved ones. It is in situations like these where a hug, a voice of encouragement, or a pat on the shoulder makes Brother realize that his job helps to make this process of separation a little less painful.
He also takes time to pray with the men being deported, asking God to take care of them on their journey back to their home country. The road home can be difficult, having to return to political unrest, gang violence or just loneliness, but Brother Gustavo is there giving them hope that God has a plan for each one of them.
In their deeds and through their words, all of our seminarians like Brother Gustavo share Christ’s love with all the people they serve — a love so great He sacrificed His own life for ours. And in this sharing, the people have new hope, new life and new purpose.