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					Dear Friends, "Then He said...'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Mtt 9:37-38 I have been so blessed my entire life! I have always felt a strong call from God and grew up in a loving Catholic family! Christ used many venues and people to cater to the development of my faith such as our home parish St. Ignatius, many awesome youth retreats, and a weekend retreat entitled “Cursillo,” which I was fortunate enough to attend when I was a junior in college. God has poured into my life abundantly, and I am ready to give back to others what has been given to me! A few years ago, I spent one summer in Lake Tahoe, California on a short-term mission project. Ever since that summer I have known that all I want to do with my life is bring others to Christ, whatever that would mean. I graduated this past May from the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH with a degree in Theology. I did not know where God was leading me upon graduation, but I knew that my heart was still set on serving God through mission work. I was ready to set out into the world by myself as a missionary. Trusting that God would fill in the gaps to my plans, I started looking at different options as to where the Lord could be sending me. Then, shortly after graduation, I was able to take one step closer toward this goal: I met Danielle, another recent graduate from Franciscan University who desired to do foreign mission work as well. God had provided a companion, someone so like me in heart and yet so very different from me in personality. Thus, as a team, Danielle and I bring very different qualities to the ministry, which will enable us to reach many more people. During this past summer, Danielle and I heard about the need in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. We were also told that a priest there was desperately trying to figure out a way to bring two missionaries over to the islands in order to aid them in ministering to their youth. Immediately this seemed to fit; however, we would have to wait seven more months for it to come to fruition. During this time, Danielle and I moved to Denver where we were surrounded by a supportive young adult community and were able to grow in faith, prayer, trust, and patience. We loved Denver, but as things began to develop with New Zealand it became clear that it was time to go home in order to start raising support and prepare to be youth ministers. On January 6, we received an email from Fr. Michael in New Zealand inviting us to come as missionaries to their parish and work with the youth (10-20 years old). We were ecstatic and immediately began planning the logistics. We will be in New Zealand for two years serving the lost, the lonely, and of course the young. We will be creating programs within parishes for the youth: Catechesis (teaching them about the faith) and Youth Ministry (providing avenues for them to be involved in the Church). I will be working at Dr. Java (a local coffee shop) trying to earn as much money as I can over the next few months. It is going to be a costly journey, both financially and otherwise as we leave behind family and friends whom we love, but one that we know the Lord has set out for us and one that we know could bring many to Christ. We know however, that we cannot embark on this trip alone. This is why we are asking you, our dear family and friends, for your support. Whether you can financially or prayerfully support us, we are grateful knowing that you all will be accompanying us on our journey to bring Christ's love to the people of New Zealand. If you feel called to support our mission or you would just like to see updates and pictures, please visit our website God Bless! Please know of my prayers, Kerstin Brueck