Nora had graduated from college and was living and working in Washington D.C. as a social worker. She worked for several years in the fast paced stress filled city until she decided she needed a different pace. She devoted one year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps within the US, and at the end of the year still wanted to do more missionary work. She began looking for other options for longer term service within the US or abroad. She found the Franciscan Volunteer Corps which at the time was sending missionaries abroad for 3 years of service (the current term of service is 2 years.) She began learning about the Franciscan spirituality and it resonated with her beliefs about caring for the environment and respecting all the different parts of God's creation. When we met Nora in Cochabamba, Bolivia she was in her last month of service of the 3 years. When reflecting on what she has learned in the past 3 years, the biggest lesson has been letting go of control of what happens in her life. She has learned to trust in the Lord and to be open to any number of changes to her plans, many times being pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Nora's passion for respecting God's creation and the quiet gracefulness about her really struck us.

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