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Julia began serving with Front Steps - Keep Austin Housed in Austin, TX, US.
Julia was enrolled with Front Steps - Keep Austin Housed in Austin, TX, US.
Julia joined Service Year!
I recently heard a speaker discuss the difference between a ministry and a job. A ministry involves a revolving door of giving and receiving. She said that in ministry, "At the end of the day I'm leaving with more than I came in with, and if I'm not, it's my own fault." I truly feel called to ministry. Not just as an after-work or weekend commitment, but as a vocation. I do not always see people with compassionate hearts wondering how they can help to alleviate some of the suffering and injustices in our world. Too often I see complacency where there should be action. I will not fall into complacency; that is the greatest gift my previous service experiences have instilled in me. The resolution to act, to accompany, to work for positive change. I have a compassionate heart that fervently believes in the equal worth of each human soul. Service requires the differentiation between "doing for" and "being with". Getting to know the people I serve has compelled me to embrace the latter. For me, service is simply how I desire to spend my days; forming relationships and bringing dignity to those society often pushes to the margins.