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My name’s Marilyn and I’m a 2nd year Christ in the City missionary from Houston, TX.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

While on mission in the Bronx last spring break, Jesus brought me deeper into the reality that the face which I seek will be found in those on the streets. I just graduated college and wanted to take advantage of this time I have to love wildly- I knew I wanted to spend my life in an attempt to help others know that they are not alone, that they are not only loved but also lovable. For a while I felt the Lord asking me over and over to console His wounded heart and body in His people on the streets. So, after some friends suggested that I look into CIC, I applied and the confirmations followed and I’m so excited to be where He wants me for this next year! 

How has Christ in the City helped you grow?
Christ in the City has helped me grow in a myriad of ways. I have come to know more deeply of my lovableness. Because of this mission I can confidently say that I know and believe that I am loved. My friends on the street set me free and teach me how to live – they teach me that in my poverty and my mess, I am still chosen and still pursued. I have grown a lot in confidence, not only in myself, but also in the Lord and how He desires to provide for me. Because of Christ in the City I have gained a deeper freedom and have fallen more in love with Jesus and everyone I encounter. This place has profoundly changed my life for the better. 
A bit about me
I am from Houston, TX and just graduated Franciscan University with a BA in Theology. I don’t know a lot but what I do know is that freedom is worthy of being chased after, our poor love is enough, shoes are unnecessary, and every present moment we find ourselves in holds the sacredness of the sacraments. I laugh a lot, I eat way too many avocados, the sun reminds me that I am loved, St. Paul the Apostle has been a solid companion recently, and i love all things lavender.