So, I got back for year two of working with Hard as Nails about a month ago. Leaving my family was hard, as it usually is, but ever since I’ve gotten back I’ve felt a lot of peace that this is where God wants me to be. I’m super grateful for the opportunity to serve another year and I am super humbled that God would
Things have been crazy since I’ve gotten back! We only had two weeks to prepare before this years missionaries got here and it was a busy two weeks.
When the missionaries (5 new ones!) got here, it got absolutely insane! On top of that, we had our chaplain, Fr. Bryan Page in town for two days that same week, and then Jeremy Rivera, who is producing a show about the ministry on EWTN (oh, yeah, that’s happening), was in town for two days after him. And we have been preparing for hte past two weeks for a mass and cookout with our Episcopal Advisor, Bishop Frank Caggiano, which happened last night.
So yes, EWTN (a Catholic TV network for those who don’t know) is totally doing a show on the ministry. Which is kind of a big deal! They are sending a film crew and producer on the road with us for two tours (one in September and one in October), and then going from there. The show is set to be 10 episodes and we’re not sure on the premier date, but I will keep you posted!
Mass and Dinner with Bishop Caggiano
Bishop Frank Caggiano, from Bridgeport, CT, came into Syracuse on the 18th to say mass at our new center (more on this later) and to bless the center. No big deal, but he also came into my office :) How crazy is it that a bishop was in my office? Like, super crazy. I had minute where I was thinking “Is this real life?” God is pretty awesome, guys. Also, Bishop Frank is super humble, holy, and inspiring (and he lets us take selfies with him!)
My favorite quote from him: “What is our greatest possession? It is not a what, it is a who. And that person is Jesus.”
(Close second was: “I’m very proud of you.”)
My new office/Our new center
I guess you can say that I’m kind of official now…I have my own office and it is pretty awesome, not going to lie. I’m often struck by the fact that I’m really still a young kid but I have my office/full-time job. It’s pretty awesome.
The ministry has a new center in Syracuse! We hope to use it as housing for the missionaries as well as a community type center, where people can come together and be impacted by the ministry. God is going to do awesome things with it, I know.
Last thing, in October (I’m 96.7% sure) I’m going to LA in October, and I am doing not so hot on fundraising for it. Travel for the year is $8,000 and I have about $1,000. If you could help me out, that would be super awesome. http://www.gofundme.com/naomivrazo2