Kevin Mader

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Start Date: October 2012

End Date: December 2014

University: University of Notre Dame

Year Graduated: 2012

Ministry at Farm: TBD upon arrival in October 2012

Blog: http://kevinatthefinca.blogspot.com/

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Why did you decide to serve the mission at Farm of the Child?

 I’ve consistently felt a call to strive to have a positive impact on society, and in particular, I felt a call to simple living in the service of others, a call that was motivated by my Catholic faith. The Farm of the Child matched this call entirely, while doing so in a Catholic manner. Everything came together for me to feel comfortable committing to two years of spiritual growth, development, and discernment in service.

What do you hope to experience through your ministry at Farm of the Child?

I hope to gain an understanding of a culture and language other than my own and I hope to grow in my appreciation of what I have, what I need, and what I can bring to the world long-term. I also hope to learn from the kids and my fellow missionaries as well as to discern God’s long-term call in my life.

What are you most excited about/nervous for as you prepare to arrive at the Farm?

I’m excited about the opportunity to spend two years growing up with the kids and to actually be around long enough to develop meaningful relationships with them. I’m also excited about the opportunity to live simply, without technology, to be able to focus on being present to those around me all the time, and I’m excited about the growth that will come from my time at the Farm. I’m nervous about my Spanish, which isn’t yet quite up to par, but I’m very excited about figuring that out and actually being able to speak decent Spanish.