Today is a guest post by my cousin, Jackie Zucco, who is fundraising for a year of missionary work with The Culture Project .
Hi! My name is Jacqueline Zucco. I am a recent graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Since graduating I have been offered an amazing opportunity to become a missionary with a group called The Culture Project International. The Culture Project is an initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. We proclaim the dignity of the human person and the richness of living sexual integrity, inviting our culture to become fully alive. We speak to young people on topics such as chastity, abortion, pornography, sex trafficking, and many other areas that affect our world today. We strive to bring the truth of love and life back into this culture.
Being a young person in this world has definitely affected me in many different ways. This world likes to tell us what we have to look like, do, or how we have to act in order to be beautiful, important, or worthy of love. This hit me hard throughout my life and I want more than ever to combat these ideas, helping young people to know and understand their worth and dignity. As Saint John Paul II says, “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.” I can’t wait to be given the opportunity to help spread this love and truth with The Culture Project.
The Culture Project got its start in 2014 and has since grown in great lengths. Within the 2015-2016 year there were three teams spread out through the United States. One team was stationed in Los Angeles, another in Philadelphia, and the last being a travel team that moved its way through the mid east. All together the teams spoke at over 223 parishes, schools, and groups. They gave over 806 presentations to around 32260 students, having the chance to engage in over 42700 different personal encounters. This coming year there will be a team in Los Angeles and Toledo Ohio with the base office being in Philadelphia. The dioceses within these areas have responded greatly to having The Culture Project present, giving great reviews and encouragement to the mission, being more than willing to having The Culture Project back again.
With this upcoming year at hand, I am so blessed to be able to join this incredible group of missionaries. Christ asks us to be His hands and His feet in this world, but not alone. I am in need of the help of my brothers and sister in Christ, to feed those hungry for truth and love. In order to do this year I need to build up a support team to join me on this journey. Within this I need to raise approximately $2,500 in monthly gifts or $30,000 for the year. I am reaching out and asking for your help. I would love to have you as a mission partner on my team, whether through donations or prayer. There are two ways you can invest in my mission and be a part of my team .You can either go online to our website at www.restoreculture.com (list “Jacqueline Zucco” under “purpose”)or you can mail in your gift to, P.O Box 86, Wynnewood PA 19096, with my name upon the memo line. If you would like to sit down with me and learn more about the mission before deciding please feel free to contact me. I love talking about it! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time, attention, and consideration. Please know you are in my prayers.
“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that….you are incapable of true love.” – Pope Francis