In her youth, seeds were planted that prepared her heart for mission. She heard stories from visiting missionaries at church. She read biographies and other books authored by missionaries. And she went on youth group mission trips in high school and college.
But in 2002, Communitas missionary Hillary C. had in mind a very different future. She was looking toward a potential career in the music industry. She had already taken a year of music theory classes and had applied to Cal State Northridge’s (USA) music industry program. She wasn’t eager to live in Los Angeles, however, and decided to postpone starting the program until after attending a year or two of Bible college at Multnomah University, in Portland, Oregon.
Two years later though, while on a month-long summer mission trip with a few friends from Multnomah, she found herself walking through a park in downtown Bologna, Italy. The Lord very unceremoniously spoke to her heart, saying, “I am going to bring you back here someday to Italy, to serve long-term as a missionary.”