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My name’s Grace and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary, returning for a 2nd year, from Cheyenne, WY.
Loving HURTS! This is one of our most commonly used phrases as an organization but it is so true. I remember getting to a certain point in the year and realizing, “oh! This is what Mother Teresa meant when she asked us to love until it hurts.” I expected it to be hard to love on the streets but I never imagined the (objectively good) pain caused by loving community members too.
Our talent show in January was a beautiful moment for the community to encounter and receive each other in vulnerable aspects of our lives. I felt so much closer to the community afterward!
I have seen the most growth in myself this year through learning how to say no. As a person that is used to saying yes to everything and getting burnt out because of it, CIC has provided me a safe place to learn to say no to little and big things alike. Fellow missionaries hold me accountable, the formators push me, and I get to look back on the immense freedom I’ve gained through it all. I still fall and say yes to too many things sometimes but I’ve learned that perfectionism is not a standard the Lord is calling me to, so I will continue to be imperfect in everything, even in my nos and yeses!
I am going into my second year here at Christ in the City excited to dive into a new community, getting to know a few current community members better while investing in 20ish more people! I have been involved with CIC since I was a freshman in college and I love getting to bring the same love I experienced as a college student from this special place to so many people.