This experience is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my life. I have loved getting to learn more about myself throughout this time and getting to know what God is truly like. I have learned to sacrifice my plans and dreams for something much greater- becoming like Christ- and letting Him guide me through the life that He has already planned for me. I have learned to not rely on others or myself to fulfill my needs, but instead to focus on how I can share the love that God fills me up with everyday. He truly is everything I could ever need, even when I feel like everything in my life is not going the way I wanted it to, I have become more trusting in His character and His consistency. On top of all of those things that I have learned, I have also been so blessed to be constantly surrounded by people who love God. Nothing is better than knowing that I can be close and vulnerable with people without compromising my beliefs. I truly know I have a family here that I can always go to, that edifies me and lifts me up and is just enjoyable to be around. This experience was not something I ever saw coming, which is what blows me away about God. Everything that I went through a few months prior to this was to prepare me to be here. God knew what I did not, and that was that there was something much bigger than me that was already planned! He always knows what is best. I am so blessed to have been a part of God’s plan and to do nothing but just be available for Him. Being available to Him and His work in this way has changed my heart for the better and my life. I could not be more grateful to Him for giving me this opportunity! – Alyssa Bueno
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