I want you to know that I am very thankful for how you have followed God’s calling by founding AIM. I was a First Year Missionary this past fall in Mexico, and it was an experience that has changed my life. I used to view missionaries as these pseudo-perfect people, and foreign mission work had seemed much too difficult an endeavor in my mind. But after spending four months in Mexico, God showed me that He can use me, not because I’m some “super-Christian”, but because I’m willing. I realized that I can give up the cultural standard of what life is supposed to be, and that is so freeing. Being back in the American culture hasn’t been easy. I often feel disgusted with how Christianity is so misrepresented. Americans are a difficult group to reach because so many call themselves Christians but live their lives completely opposite of what Jesus stood for, and those who don’t know Christ are turned off by that. It’s difficult for me personally because I’ve grown up with my Christian parents taking me to church and whatnot, but they rarely discuss their faith with my brother and I, and it has become a huge dilemma for me. The only time we pray together is at meals and church. I don’t know how to be open with them because they’re not open with me, and it’s painful because I see how our relationship is hurting. Sometimes I think my parents have fallen into the “comfortable” phase with their faith. What can I do to impact my family for God? This is a very difficult struggle for me.