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2014-02-04

For this young couple, going unnoticed is, well basically impossible.

Daniel and Ana have six children. About a year and a half ago, they decided to pack everything and move to Hungary. It wasn't for a job, but instead to become missionaries in the Neocatechumenal Way. All the way from Spain they made Budapest their new home. 

DANIEL
"It has been quite possibly the happiest time of our lives. Of course there are challenges. It's true that you do feel some type of insecurity: you don't have a secure job, you don't have a firm grasp of the language, it's a different environment and distance and well traveling with a family isn't always easy. But despite all that, the truth is we're on the front row, seeing the Lord.” 

ANA
"Part of me said 'I don't really want to go. I'm fine here at home. I want to be close to my family and I want my children to have everything set in their local school. But another part of me said, 'If God is calling me, I want to follow His Will.” 

The family is still on its mission in Hungary, but they made it a point to make a quick trip to Rome, to receive the Pope's blessing in the official sending off ceremony. They admit, sometimes they feel exhausted, even if the kid's energy is endless. 

The couple says their children have adapted well to Hungary and its customs. It starts with little things, like taking your shoes off before walking in the house. 

But they admit, there were a lot of sacrifices. They left their jobs, relatives and friends behind in their Spanish town of Burriana. But when it came down to it, they knew that being missionaries was the right choice. 

ANA
"It's funny, we both felt God's call, separately,  the very same day. It was a Friday morning. We hadn't really talked about it, but when we sat down in our bedroom, my husband told me, 'I have to tell you something.' And I said, 'Wow, don't get me started, I feel like I have to tell you the same thing.' I didn't really want him to say it out loud and make it official, but I just knew. I knew that God wanted something from us. All our lives, we've been praying, asking for God to help us and to listen to us. When God asks something from you, you have to respond.” 

DANIEL
"Yes, you do have a moment when you ask yourself, 'really? Are you going to leave your life, your job your friends behind? It seemed even crazier given Spain's economic crisis.” 

But all those doubts pales in comparison to God's call. So, along with three other Hungarian families, they're part of a so called 'missio ad gentes' evangelization mission, where they leave everything behind for the chance to spread the Gospel in a country where about half are Catholics. 


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