My name’s Emilio and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary, returning for a 2nd year, from Quito, Ecuador.
I felt the call to be a missionary back in January 2020. By being honest with myself, I had the desire to become a better man by growing my relationship with God, and to do so in a community that truly loves and supports each other while pushing each other beyond our boundaries both at the house and on the streets by encountering Christ in the homeless really hit home. Christ in the City was the first ministry I heard about so I felt that was where I was being guided, so I just went for it and the entire journey has been a blessing.
My time at Christ in the City as taught me to have freedom again. In a place where our only job is to love, it sure gets difficult to give and receive love if there are obstacles that keep you restrained. Freedom has shown me the ways to feel and to love as I did when I was a child. A love that is pure and innocent, but a love that I’ve kept hidden to the world because I thought of it as weakness. The more I accept the gifts and the way God has created me, the more freedom I have in expressing them in the manner God has intended.
Growing in freedom has meant for me to let go of my own desires and ideas and instead desire the good of others. It has allowed me to serve others holistically, and become closer to the men and women that I’m able to share my time at Christ in the City with. The return to this innate part of myself has been something I’ve wanted for a long time and thanks to the patience and receptivity of the community, I have a firm ground to continue the journey on.
I recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical Engineering where I probably spent too much time in the books but I made up for that senior year. If I wasn’t playing guitar, soccer or basketball I was probably watching it unless some friends held a game night to play Secret Hitler. I’m very laid back and mellow but I’m always up for any kind of adventure with others. Fun fact, I taught my dog how to skateboard.