Monday, December 3, 2018

Called to Mission


Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am Karen (Sprock) Hunka from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. For years I desired to be a missionary but working, raising children and caring for elderly parents kept me quite busy.  I put my profession as an accountant/auditor on hold four years ago to take my mother out of a nursing facility and care for her where she wanted and deserved to be–at home.  I was blessed to be my mother’s caregiver for three years.

November 2017, when my mother went to meet her maker, I had a decision to make. I knew with my work experience I was marketable. Going back into the workforce would not be difficult. I could continue to make a decent salary and add to my retirement fund. However, this no longer seemed important to me. I felt there was something else I should be doing. 

The Holy Spirit was calling me to go down a different path. At the age of 60 I was being called to mission. With resources provided me by my parish priest, Father Sedlak, of St. Florian Catholic Church, United, PA and use of the internet, I found an organization that seemed to be perfect.  I filled out the Lay Mission-Helpers Association (LMH) application, obtained the required recommendations, and flew to Los Angeles, CA for a weekend of discernment and interviews.  Ultimately, I was accepted into the program.

LMH knows that going on mission in a distant country in not easy.  I just completed a formation program in Los Angeles, CA., where for 4 months I was taught by some of the most amazing priests, sisters, brothers, and professors imaginable. Living in community with three others also discerning for mission, I worked on developing the skills and knowledge I need to serve successfully overseas. Soon I will travel to Ghana, Africa, where I will serve for the next three years as an accountant in the Diocese of Damongo.

The motto of LMH is: For We Are God’s Helpers. Please pray for me as I journey off to help God’s people in Ghana and begin the next chapter of my life.

God bless you and please check back!

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful first post! So happy and excited for you!

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    1. Thank you, Kate. I can’t wait to get to Africa.

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  2. Wow, cousin! We are so excited to see what God has for you!

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  3. Thank you, Anne. I am blessed that God has called me to mission. The next three years will certainly be fruitful.

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  4. I found your blog and will follow you on your journey, God bless you for your mission work. I am a member of St florians and took gifts to your parents when i helped the care givers

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  5. Thank you so much William for delivering the gifts to my parents. I am proud to be a member of St. Florian’s Church because of people like you who take time to remember the shut-ins. I am in Pennsylvania until I depart January 23 for Ghana. I will be at Mass daily until then. It would be nice to meet you. Also, I am honored that you plan to follow my blog.

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  6. Hi Karen. I'm so happy to follow your mission in Africa. Praying for you
    Rachel Burke

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  7. So happy you are living your dream!

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